Growing up, I was the only girl in my grade named Annie. I remember my math professor in high school singing songs from the musical Annie when he handed back my exams. "The sun will come out tomorrow," he'd sing. On the rare occasion (alright, it was more than once...math wasn't my best subject) that I didn't do well he'd say, "Well, I guess the sun didn't come out today now did it?"
My first job out of college my colleague would always text me, "Annie, are you okay?" Gotta love Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." Music has always had a major impact in my life and when songs have my name in it, I can't help but relate. It seems as if the musician is singing the words right to me. Silly, I know, but it does. So, last week when I caught SafetySuit's performance at Bowery Ballroom and they announced their song, "Annie," I couldn't help but smile.
"Annie don't be shy here/Annie don't just lie there/Looks don't make the world go round/But it comes around/Annie don't be shy here/Annie please don't cry here/I always have to stop myself/Cause you're beautiful," frontman Doug Brown sang.
Not many of you in the blogosphere know this, but I have always been pretty shy. That's why, when friends hear of my escapades of going up to a band after a concert and asking them a few questions or setting up an interview they'd always be incredibly shocked. While I've come a long way these past two years and have definitely stepped out of my comfort zone, the lyrics to SafetySuit's "Annie" still struck home: "Annie don't be shy here."
Song of the week runner up: "Annie" by Mat Kearney. Listen here.
Is your name featured in any songs? What's your favorite? I'd love to hear!