Recently, one of my friends asked me to make her a playlist she could put on when she wanted to get pumped up…a FIGHTING playlist. As I’ve made this particular person a few playlists in the past and she’s been relatively happy with all of them, I felt pretty good going into it. However, after deliberating for weeks on which songs to choose I developed something of a playlist version of writer’s block. Songs that inspire you to push through a challenge can be intensely personal. I pulled something together based on what I thought might be energizing and motivating, but it wasn’t quite what she was looking for. I’d not gotten it right.
She’d been looking more for an ‘F’ you world’ kind of vibe because that’s what works for her. This wasn’t a problem, per se, I didn’t feel bad or hurt or anything, but it did reinforce why I’d felt so challenged in the first place. The songs we really connect with may not be the same for everyone and may change over time. Just because you like a song, doesn’t mean that it moves you enough to actually change your mood and that is what she was looking for, a collection of songs that would make her feel stronger. What makes me feel strong is unique to me and what works for her, is of course, unique to her. I don’t know that I can make a list that will pump her up when she’s facing a tough meeting or personal challenge. Maybe I can recommend songs, but she should own that playlist and manipulate it as she finds music that works or can drop songs off that in no way scratch that itch.
One of the songs I put on the list was Wannabe by Hyoyeon featuring one of my favorite rappers, San E. I’m not a huge Girls Generation fan and I know next to nothing about Hyoyeon as she never stood out for me when I’ve consumed GG appearances on variety or in some of their releases. But for some reason, this song stuck. In fact, I think the only way I saw this at all was because someone shared the link with me because of San E. I gave it a shot and was surprised at how much I liked it almost instantly. I think it’s mostly the backing track and my love of a bit of a whiney rap, but it rubbed me the right way immediately. I think it loses a little steam near the end and the video definitely puts me off with some of the overly pop choreography in the boxing ring and the terrible styling on the backup dancers. But the song on its own is fantastic for elevating my mood. What songs do you use when you need to feel strong and capable and tell the world to suck it?
Wannabe, Hyoyeon (ft. San E)