As the Red Bandanna Game against Florida State draws closer (only a few hours left, people), we pause to think about a man that represents not only all of the qualities BC students hope to have, but that people in general should aspire to. Welles Crowther lived and died for others, being known throughout his life as a generous and kindhearted person; he ultimately saved the lives of 12 people on September 11, 2001, before he himself sadly perished in the towers. Today we remember the way Welles led his life, and the way we should all aim to lead ours. The theme of our Music that Rocks this week is songs for others, a song we felt represented helping others in their time of need. This isn’t about the music so much as it is the meaning, so give them a listen and lead your lives for others because what we’re all truly here for is each other.
“I was originally going to talk about how this song’s a bit of a throwback for me since I’ve loved it since high school, but now that I think about it, the lyrics aren’t any less relevant today. I’m admittedly a fiercely independent person, but I think this is exactly how I feel in regard to needing people in general. It’s so easy to go off on your own and feign total self-reliance, but above all, I find it most important to recognize the people in my life and how their sacrifices and support brought me to this place of strength and happiness.” -Grace Rice ‘18
“A heartbreaker of the first degree, but it will always be one of my favorites. To me, it carries so much certainty in the uncertain–there is pain and darkness and questions in this life, but there is also this trust in togetherness, and not being alone in the things that awe or scare us. What an incredible gift.” -Melissa Warten ‘16
“Brave” -Sara Bareilles
“This song is a shameless favorite of mine, always the go-to for making me feel better and inspiring me to speak my mind. It’s fair to say that we have all experienced the feeling of not being able to ‘say what you wanna say,’ feeling trapped or incapable of truly expressing ourselves, whatever the reason. This song truly relieves this emotion, giving the listener a strong boost of self confidence and independence in whatever they wish to say, do, or be. Rock on, rockies.” -Kate Chaney ‘18
“This song is one of those songs you listen to over and over again, but never get tired of. Every time I listen to it, it means something different to me, but I feel like the underlying feature of it all is the fact that we may feel alone, but there is always someone looking out for us and who wants the best out of us. It reminds us that even though there are so many things going against us, we have the ability to pick ourselves up and move on to the next challenge. It’s just a timeless classic that is beautifully sad. Also…this song is just awesome!” -Tiffany Oluoch ‘19
“This song means a lot to me because it touches on an important topic that most of us tend to forget: faith. Not just faith in the religious sense, but faith as in believing in yourself and in trusting others to do the right thing. I sometimes find myself doubting everything and everyone when life gets tough, but this song is a much-needed reminder that we should focus on the good things we are fortunate enough to have in our lives because life is short.” -Trish Rodican ‘19
“This song is my classic listen whenever I’m feeling down and I think that’s because it’s such a simple yet overlooked solution. If you’re ever struggling, just let it be. It’s the first thing I will tell anyone who asks me for advice, if you’re going through tough times then just let it be. Time is always on your side, never get too down, and simply let it be. Lord knows it’s worked for me, and I strongly believe it can work for any and everyone else too.” -Korey Ryan ‘18
“You’ve Got Time” -Regina Spektor
“I’ve become pretty familiar with this song after countless hours of binge watching Orange Is the New Black. It describes being able to acknowledge that you’ve made mistakes but also being able to realize that there’s always time to start over. Although I’m no Piper Chapman, this song encourages me to be able to move past hard times and look at all the people around me who care about me and want me to succeed and be happy.” -Caroline Lewis ‘18
“My roommate is actually starting to hate this song because I constantly have it on repeat, but I love it. It’s got a lazy Sunday kind of vibe which is pretty detrimental to my study habits during the week, but the message is clear: love and support is just one phone call (or conversation) away. And that’s what ‘men and women for others’ is about, right? Being that support system for someone that might need it, or knowing that there are people around you who are willing to listen and help when you’re feeling down. Also, here’s a friendly reminder to call home. Your parents probably want to hear from you…” -Emma Allen ‘18
This song, off the Foo Fighters’ sophomore album The Colour and the Shape, is very fitting in the memory of Welles Crowther, as it focuses on selfless people saving the day for people, without expecting anything in return. The guy in the music video is “ordinary”, but he makes a lot of people proud of him by saving people and valuable items like family photos from a fire. That’s the point–anybody can be a hero, you just have to step up and follow through. Overall, a very solid single and one of the Foo Fighters’ best songs by far.” -Kyle Donohue ‘17
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