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Songs for the Eclipse

The 2017 Solar Eclipse is here! I am not in the path of totality, but viewability here should be between 80 and 90 percent, so it is hard to complain too much – although cloud covers may dampen the excitement.

To celebrate today’s historic natural event, I thought I’d share my Top 5 favorite songs with astrological metaphors. I am writing this live, and I want to experience as much of the eclipse as I can when it arrives here (in about 30 minutes!), so I am going to keep this one brief:

1. “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler

This one is a pretty obvious choice, but I have always just loved this song. The agony of romantic heartache that is present is so relatable and just chill-inducing; “Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I’m only falling apart.”  Those are powerful words! This was one of my favorite songs in high school. and I still listen to it often.

2. “Gravity,” Adam Friedman
This song talks about gravity, orbits, the sun, etc., all in metaphorical terms of course, but in such a beautiful way. This song is currently only available in acoustic form from a Jam in the Van set that Friedman performed, and it is absolutely gorgeous and just about as haunting as “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” I think we’ve all had complicated and powerful relationships at some point in our life, and this song touches on that.

3. “Pretty Things,” Adam Friedman

Friedman touches on cosmic themes again with the beautiful, poetic opening line, “You’re pretty like the moon.” Something about this song feels like a gorgeous, star-lit sky on a full moon night, and it is romantic, powerful, and often leads to a good cry. The Geo Remix is also worth checking out – count it as a bonus song for the 2017 Solar Eclipse 😉

4. “Chasing the Sun,” The Wanted

This song deviates from most of the others on this list in that it is extremely danceable – and that is definitely not a bad thing! This song was one of my favorite college jams, and for good reason – if you remember “I’m Glad You Came” by the same band, and you enjoyed it, you will want to hear this song as well because it is arguably even catchier. It makes a great workout song, too.

5. “I’ll Follow The Sun,” The Beatles

“Here Comes The Sun” might seem a more obvious choice by this iconic group, but there’s something I have always loved about this song. It is gentle, but it makes such an important point about the contrast between the pain and hope that occurs when a special relationship ends. It is soothing and beautiful and rounds out this list with its nostalgic 1960’s melody.

Enjoy the Solar Eclipse, everyone!

This post originally appeared on LiveJournal. It has been edited for stylistic updates.

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