Here’s something that’s made me smile a lot this summer. Depending on your taste in music, who knows, it might make you smile too. It’s the video for “Walk on the Moon,” the first single from Great Big Sea’s new album, Fortune’s Favour, and I’ve adopted it as my personal theme song of Summer 08.
Not only am I one of those annoying people who has a Soundtrack of My Life, with songs for all occasions, but I also have mental soundtracks for all the books I write. (It makes me so happy when I hear other writers admit they do this too!)
As you know, I’ve been working on By the Rivers of Brooklyn and on What You Want this summer. The soundtrack for Brooklyn consists mainly of 20s and 30s pop songs, and lots of rousing old Protestant hymns. There’s plenty of music in What You Want as well, since the characters are on a road trip and listening to songs as you do on a road trip. But “Walk on the Moon,” which the characters never actually listen to in the story, is, in my mind, the song that plays over the closing credits of this book. To me it sums up what the story is about and what the characters are doing — taking a risk to get what they want out of life, whether it’s an unexpected journey or telling someone you love them.
I love the song, love the video, and love the message, because even though I’m not a big risk-taker in the sense of climbing mountains or bungee-jumping or what have you, I do believe in taking risks to live the life you were meant to live. So whether that means writing a book and sending it out into the world with hope and faith, or whether it means reaching out to another person, or whatever the risk YOU need to take is — I hope you take your own personal “walk on the moon.” That’s my wish for everyone today. If you feel really brave, post here and tell me what your walk on the moon is … and enjoy the song and video.