My Life’s Anthem

I just got the new Josh Groban cd, Awake. I am a bit confused as to what is so different in this album as compared to his last album… Many review sites have noted how different this cd is, how Groban has grown up and has entered a place “out of his comfort zone” (Calgary Sun). I think it is pretty much on par with Closer, his last album, perhaps the stepping out occurs on the last tracks. I could see that.

Nevertheless, track two, You are Loved (Don’t Give Up) really struck me. I feel it is my anthem, a song I must live by. So often I feel that I am living a life of disappointment. Mostly I disappoint myself, daily, hourly, constantly. Pretty much, I’m a total fuckup. But, no one is perfect right?

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This song brings me through all of my failed relationships, ventures ideas, reminds me that California is still there. I can always go back to California where things were great. Perhaps I should have never moved back to Columbia, but that is in the past and I will just have to get through my time here as best as I can with the wonderful friends I have here.

This song should help. Josh Groban said about the song,

“It just musically, kind of represented how small the world can feel when you’re in one of those places. And how big the world can feel, and how kind of balanced the weight becomes, when a force in your life, a friend, a family member or somebody, shows you that love.”

I know I will forever have people who love me. First and foremost are my parents and grandmother, then Landon, Jenny, Jim and I believe Joseph and Geoffrey will always be there in some fashion. While these people may not be present in my life, Jenny, Jim, Geoff and Landon are all moving soon; they are there forever, in heart.

It is a beautiful song, a small part of a fantastic album.  Buy it on iTunes.

A group of people that I reacquainted myself with this weekend have become a wonderful “force” in my life.  I went to the Mem Chapter of Acacia’s Fall Initiation this weekend and had an incredible time.  I realized, for the first time, what it meant to be an Acacian.  It was an emotion-filled weekend, I feel like the void which seemed to consume my life as of recent, might be filled with these guys.  I won’t get too excited about this but I do have a good feeling about re-introducing myself to my Acacia Brothers.

Don’t give up
It’s just the weight of the world
When you’re heart’s heavy
I…I will lift it for you

Don’t give up
Because you want to be heard
If silence keeps you
I…I will break it for you

Everybody wants to be understood
Well I can hear you
Everybody wants to be loved
Don’t give up
Because you are loved

Don’t give up
It’s just the hurt that you hide
When you lost inside
I…I will be there to find you

Don’t give up
Because you want to burn bright
If darkness blinds you
I…I will shine to guide you

Everybody wants to be understood
Well I can hear you
Everybody wants to be loved
Don’t give up
Because you are loved

You are loved
Don’t give up
It’s just the weight of the world
Don’t give up
Every one is to be heard
You are loved

I won’t give up.  Someday I will find my perfect counterpart, we will be married and live a life together.  Someday I will know how to speak French.  Someday I will be proud of my successes and forget my disappointments.

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