Song of the Week: Shining Through the Dark

Posted: January 21, 2013 by jerkmagblog in SONG OF THE WEEK
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If you caught the movie This is 40, you had the privilege of hearing Ryan Adams perform Shining Through the Dark.

To give a small synopsis, Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) go to a hotel to try and revamp their relationship. Within this moment, and throughout the rest of the film, the couple is struck by the fact that they’re 40 years old now and that time has flown by as the lyrics in Adams’ song describe. The comedic couple hit a few bumps here and there throughout the film, but of course, they end up settling their disagreements. You’ve got to love those Hollywood happy endings.

Anyway, the song brought Ryan Adams into the spotlight. He was actually asked to perform on Conan on TBS, December 13th of last year.

Aside from whatever meaning the song delivered the movie, I see it differently.

Whatever happened to the old me

Whatever happened to us

Whatever it was it doesn’t matter now

Those days went speeding by

And left us in the dust

If you’ve guessed it, I’m getting a bit sappy and depressed about graduation. Hello, senior year spring semester! When did you get here, and why did you come so quickly? The past three and a half years flew by! Unfortunately, we can’t change the fact that we’re graduating, nor can we go backwards to get those days back. Life has slapped us across the face as it did to Debbie and Pete in This is 40. You can’t run or hide from the inevitable, so you might as well enjoy it.

-Brooke Leone

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