10 Songs That Changed Valentine's Life
hich songs helped shape your life? Instructor VALENTINE BUREAU shares the music that made the biggest impact on her...
While most of the other kids in my Catholic school were jamming out to Spin Doctors, I was drawn to Queen Latifah’s no-BS ladies anthem. The message still stands today; as a woman you own your worth, support each other, and don’t let anyone push you around. Of course, my father wasn’t thrilled that the lyrics were, “You ain’t a b*#ch or a ho, here we go” and that CD got shelved ASAP. I was 12, so… fair enough.
7. “Lazy Sunday” by The Lonely Island
I resisted Steely Dan for a long time. To start, my dad played them relentlessly and I was over it. Secondly, I hated how Donald Fagen said, “Lost my old man back in Oregon” in one song enough to boycott them for years. It wasn’t until I lost my godfather in 2013 that I circled back and really connected with Hey Nineteen in particular. Losing my godfather Hugh, the most loving and gentle human I’d known was the deepest loss I’d ever experienced. Like my father, he was a studio musician who’d shared his talent on a lot of records- so I discovered that when I missed him, I could play a song and just listen to him. His guitar chords on “Hey Nineteen” match who he was as a person perfectly; subtle, familiar, incredible.