Day 3: A song that makes you happy #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 3: A song that makes you happy

Queen—Spread Your Wings

Another song that’s more representative of something rather than it being particularly specific. Queen was the first band that I really got into. And I really got into them. My teenage bedroom was covered from floor to ceiling (and in place including the ceiling) with Queen posters, calendars and pages cut out of magazines.

What I particularly love about this song is that it’s not one of Queen’s really famous songs, like Bicycle Race or Bohemian Rhapsody. Spread Your Wings was released as a single in 1978, the second single promoting their News of the World album, after We Are The Champions got to number 2 in the UK.  This single did rather less well climbing to ‘only’ number 34.

Anyway, Queen reminds me of growing up, and like many adolescent boys I found comfort and inspiration in their music and lyrics. I hadn’t thought about this when I chose the song for the “30 day song challenge” but this song reminds me of sitting in my bedroom wondering what my life would hold for me. The song’s chorus:

Spread your wings and fly away
Fly away, far away
Spread your little wings and fly away
Fly away, far away
Pull yourself together
‘Cos you know you should do better
That’s because you’re a free man

There have been a number of times during my life since that I’ve said something similar to myself. It reminds me of something someone said to me when I got ordained: dream dreams bigger than what you see in front of you.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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