May The Wind Take Your Troubles Away
Finding Solace In A Song
Music has a way of touching your heart and soul. It can motivate you, relax you, pump you up for action, and it can help you heal from pain and heartache. Without music, where would we be?
Some songs touch you more than others. There are a lot of songs that mean something to me - songs that make me feel hope and love, songs that make me miss my mom, songs that make goosebumps cover my arms, and songs that make me want to dance. And then there is that one song that pushes me through even the hardest moments of life.
Son Volt’s “Windfall” is a song that will always be my go-to when I am feeling down and need a pick-me-up. I bought the album, Trace, in the late 90s (it came out in 1995) for the song “Drown,” after hearing it on the radio. But, of all of the tracks on Trace, “Windfall” just grabbed me and held onto my heart.
To me, the song is all about staying strong in the struggle and pushing on until things get good again. It’s about jumping in the car, turning up a song you love, rolling the windows down, and letting the “wind take your troubles away.”
I can’t even remember all of the hard times this song helped me get through. The song has a haunting melody but has a bit of a country twang to the instruments. If you’re not a country music fan, don’t let that description scare you away---the album is from the alternative genre (both indie alt and country alt, of course).
Waiting For The End, Not Knowing When
The most important moment in my life that this song helped me get through was leaving an emotionally abusive marriage and finding myself again. I spent 8 ½ years with someone who never loved me and told me he was with me because he didn’t want to be alone. In the beginning, I stayed because I loved him. As time went on, I stayed because he had me convinced that no one else would want me and that I was a waste of flesh.
When I decided to leave him, Valentine’s Day weekend in 2016, this song helped give me the courage to set the plan in motion. This song gave me the courage on March 4, 2016, to load my car with what belongings would fit and to drive almost 200 miles across state to reclaim my life, my heart, and my soul. I needed the wind to take my troubles away on that freedom ride across the state of Michigan. I wasn’t traveling to another time zone (something mentioned in the lyrics of the song), but I was traveling to a new life.
Both Feet On The Floor, Two Hands On The Wheel
What is it about getting in the car and driving, whether you have a known destination or you’re just seeing where the road takes you, that makes you feel as though you’re in control again. That’s how I felt, and that’s how this song always makes me feel - like I have control of any situation, I just have to keep my feet on the floor and my hands on the wheel (metaphorically speaking).
I feel like to really understand how this song makes a person feel; you have to give it a listen yourself. Take a moment to read the works, and be sure to listen to the words of Jay Farrar. It was truly the lyrics of this song that got me through one of the roughest times in my life. But, even now, when I am having a bad day, this is one of the top five songs I listen to for a change of heart and a little positive motivation.