The title of this post is also the title of a song by the one band that has formed the soundtrack of my own life: The Who. Four of their songs, I’m Free, Love Reign O’er Me, Baba O’Reilly, and Pure and Easy, each have elements of how I have grown, and what I value as I continue living my life.
I’m Free, from the rock opera Tommy, is the song that I can identify with the most. As someone who experienced misfortune during my own early childhood, but found myself later in life, this is the real me. Love Reign O’er Me, from their other rock opera, Quadrophenia, is about finding a higher power with all-consuming love, and trying to turn some of that spiritual love into a romantic one. Baba O’Reilly, or popularly known as the Teenage Wasteland song, is about feeling mentally young, and starting life over again, which I find as I get older. Pure and Easy is about the power of music, and how it can make a difference in the world. I definitely know that music makes a difference in my own life.
Below you can find YouTube videos which have lyrics to each of these songs.