The first day at any job is both exhilarating and stressful, even without almost killing Pee-Wee Herman. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? What are the alliances, and why is this guy Steve so protective about his yogurt?
And then there are the new job duties, all the the new things to learn, the new boss’s quirks, on and on.
On the other hand, there’s the promise of greatness. Beginning again with a clean slate, tabula rasa.
Here are a few songs about beginnings from my stacks:
“Begin the Begin,” REM. One of my all-time favorites from REM.
“The Start of Something Beautiful,” Porcupine Tree. Prog rock is still alive and well, and Steven Wilson is carrying the torch.
“Begin to Return,” Golden Palominos. The Golden Palominos were kind of a revolving door ’80s supergroup. Their music was always challenging, but worth it.
“Wishful Beginnings,” David Bowie. Outside is a really cool album. Some critics blast it as a mess of a concept record, but it’s easily my favorite of Bowie’s ’90s era. Well worth your time.
“Your Time Starts Now,” Van Der Graaf Generator
“When it Started,” The Strokes
“Starting A New Life,” Van Morrison.
“Tomorrow Comes Today,” Gorillaz.
So how about it — more songs about new beginnings? I’m listening.
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Categories: Deep Cuts
First Day of My Life (I’m partial to the Lisa Loeb cover).
Brand New Day, alternate Van Morrison cut, not so deep.
But why keep yourself to the last 20-30 years?
This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Here’s a few from those four lads from Liverpool…
For No One
I’ll Follow The Sun
She’s Leaving Home
Don’t Go Where The Road Don’t Go
You Never Know
Gave It All Up
That’s What It Takes
Got My Mind Set On You
Learning How To Love You
Looking For My Life
With A Little Luck
Hope Of Deliverance
Off The Ground
This Never Happened Before
Give Peace A Chance
I’m Moving On
and of course…(Just Like) Starting Over