Friday, April 10, 2009

My Print Class's God-Sent Song

I think everybody has a God-sent song: that song that just captures exactly what you're feeling and thinking, that paints a portrait of you so perfectly, in such unbelievably, undeniably, meticulously correct words, music, tone, pace, pitch -and everything else!- that you swear this tune was written straight from your life!

I am unwritten
Can't read my mind
I'm undefined...

My Print Class had one!! It was our anthem! We couldn't hear it anywhere without doing little jigs, bobbing our heads, humming along, smiling, and sometimes doing crazy group dances that made people look at us like we were weird. But who cared? We couldn't help it. The song just had that effect... it got us (as a group) anywhere, any day, everytime!

I'm just beginning
The pen's in my hand
Ending unplanned...

Natasha Bedingfield (and her co-writers) must have gotten special inspiration from God when she penned the words for 'Unwritten'. Either that, or she stole a chapter from our class, because that song was just sooo us!! Our class co-ordinator told us that we were the craziest group she had ever seen, and when I think about it, we did some very radical things (including getting a lecturer removed from office) while we were there.

I break tradition
Sometimes my tries
Are outside the lines...

What I remember most, though, is when we were in the Print Lab during our final semester. We would close the doors, max up the speakers on our computers, and go crazy belting out different songs together. 'Unwritten' became our class theme song. We sang it almost every day up till our last class together, because it just verbalised so very well, how we all felt going through our courses.

We've been conditioned
To not make mistakes
But I can't live that way...

It's fun screaming "release your inhibitions!!" at the top of your lungs with your friends... and then doing funky dances around the classroom, goading each other on; then the mad dash to sit in your seat and look dignified when your favourite Trini teacher comes in to ask, "what a pound??" (because, according to him, we sounded like market-people, lol), and the panting, sweating, and feeling absolutely exhilirated after getting a good work-up, eyeing each other and mimicking the funniest-looking dancers, and bursting out laughing (for no reason the teacher could think of... poor man, he had to put up with a lot, but we loved him to pieces... fun times!)We really believed in the exciting possibilities of the great unknown...

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you cannot find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions (!!!)

It's been a full year now. We recently had our first official 'class reunion'. Looking at everybody reminiscing and laughing, I couldn't help but wonder: now that some of us are still in school, others are working, and some unemployed, what will happen to us? Where will we end up 10/20 years from now, and will we still be 'releasing our inhibitions' with enthusiasm and excitement? I can't wait till our next reunion, to see where our lives go. Until then, I dedicate this post to my crazy print class, and to our favourite God-sent song:

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

The rest is still unwritten....


Wuthering said...

I just looked up the video on youtube. You guys collectively feeling the words to that song...What an inspired class room.

I should check out if she writes her own music. I've danced IT O U T on the street to her tune "These Words".

btw, the video's book climbing it's way up was so adorable.


Geoffrey Philp said...

Great post, Ruthibelle.
This song reminds me so much of my daughter, an artist who is now in India.
It is a God-sent song and should be the anthem of all artists-


Abeni said...

Love that song..I think mine is still I rise by Yolanda Adams

Ruthibelle said...

We LOVED that song, Luce. It was crazy. We danced all kinds of madness to that song... and every minute someone came to let us know that we were too loud, lol (hence the market commentary)
I thought the video was very funny too... the little book climbing up... it was cute!
And I completely understand you dancing it out to 'These Words', especially the 'i-love-you-i-love-you-i-love-you!' part.

@Geoffrey Philp: I agtee. The song just captures the sprit of life!

@Abeni: I like that song too

Gordon Swaby said...

Great Post Ruth! I'd say mine is Over My Head- Fray, great song:) I went and revived natasha's song from my library awhile ago tooo:p

Ruthibelle said...

@Gordon, wow, we have some early morning ppl here! I need to check out your Fray song. Fray's music is often nice, tho... How To Save A Life comes to mind :)

Heavy Logix said...

You do it way better than me Ruthibelle.

I was trying to do this in my blog about "Heavy Sex Coming from the Sky".

Was trying to intersperse a song's lyrics with some appropriate descriptive text.

So much is still Unwritten indeed.

Ruthibelle said...

I thought it was irnocally appropraite that the song was all about blank pages, and things being unwritten, and our whole class was preparation for professional writing for newspapers/mags/websites...

Anonymous said...

Ruthie, you're gonna make me cry! I remember those moments so clearly, especially when Mr G came in and was "What a pound?" and we'd just look at each other and crack up (and Peter would look at us like we were crazy. We were. Still are!) Those were the days. We're still writing though, and one day, we'll glance back over the pages and love the story we've written. - Tracey (Mi cyaan memba mi sign-in details... Crap!)

Ruthibelle said...

LMAO - Tracey remember your sign-in and hurry up and re-establish the blog!! I not comin off your case till you do it, and you know I can be annoying like that :D

Peter was too sane for our class. The only guy and waay too normal!

I keep sayin we all should get together and write a book before we cyaan member nutting (!!), and I dunno why unnu not takin me serious... I will keep droppin my one adn two cents as me remember them... anyways hurry up already with your blog!

Ruthibelle said...

and thanx for droppin by :)

Jamaipanese said...

surfing in from twitter, it's been a while since I dropped by :D

Ruthibelle said...

eheh. Apparently you don't need to... with your 3000 comments and all :p

Keresa said...

aww Ruthie!!! Nuff memories coming back now! Those were some good times in Print Class, i tell you. We really were a 'special' bunch. I think we created nuff 'firsts' at Dem probly did glad fi get rid of us. lol
Print Alliance to di rerllllll!!!!

Mad Bull said...

Irie post!


Great song!

Not sure I have a song that defines me though.... Many that speak about a particular emotion or set of circumstances that I am/have gone thru, but then, emotions and circumstances can be so fleeting...

Ruthibelle said...

@Keresa: you know they probably miss us, lol! We were always complaining bout one thing or the other, but it kept them on their toes...

@MB: I understand. emotions.. fleeting... yeah.

Angel said...

I love that song too! The words are so emotional.

Happy Easter my Friend!!!

Crankyputz said...

Loved the post...

However, i sadly associate that particular song with the Hills, which really sucked up all the inspirational beauty of the song...sigh!

Ruthibelle said...

Happy Easter to you too Beth! :p

CP... i dunno if anything can suck the inspiration outta this song... it's just golden :)

Unknown said...

I need my God-sent song too! [pouting]

Great post though Ruthibelle. Even though my class doesn't have a God-sent song, you mentioning your class reunion reminded me of my first class reunion years ago. the changes everyone had in their lives and situation, yet we could still hang out and reminisce on school days.

LSL said...

What a lovely post.

And thank you for your nice comment : )

Ruthibelle said...

@Stunner: yep. REunions are nice. That was my first adn I look forward to the others.

Anonymous said...

And to think i took so long to come read your post.

Thank you so much Ruth for capturing the wacky and fun-loving yet expectant and hopeful spirit of us - The Mighty Print Alliance.

Honestly, I'm truly emotional @ this moment.

I do hope we all get the much-deserved chance to make our mark in this world.

Ruth, thank u again and a big shout out to all Alliance members.

Bless Up!

Ruthibelle said...

so, um... WHO wrote this?? Cause, you know, cuz, um, it would have been nice to know...

thanx for droppin by tho, I'm sure i'll find out eventually :)

Believer said...
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Believer said...

Awesome! I need to check that out on YouTube. Its message is so inspiring, and I can understand how it quickly became the class song.

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