What’s in a name?

It took me ages to come up with a name for this site, but I settled on Mr Bright and Mr Blue – here’s why.

Mr Brightside

Most of you will probably know my favourite song is Mr Brightside by The Killers. I have lots of ‘favourites’ like most people, but this one still gives me goosebumps when I hear that opening riff.

I can remember on Australia Day 2004. It came in at number 13 or so of the Triple J Hottest 100. I don’t even know where I was, some kind of house party, and when it came on everyone started yelling out the lyrics and dancing around. I closed my eyes to try and soak it in. It must have worked because even now all these years later, I can still remember how amazing I felt and how amazing that moment was – how we were all unified by the awesomeness of that song. Goosebumps.

But I loved Mr Brightside before that night. It always made me think of a boy a liked at the time, and the ups and downs of a teenage crush. Brandon Flowers (lead singer of the band and co-writer of the song) has said he thinks the song is so enduring because of how relatable it is (it’s about a girl who cheats on her boyfriend and is actually a true story about his ex-girlfiend).

But interestingly the song actually makes me feel really good; the lyrics talk  about coming out of your cage and that destiny is calling you. A reminder to oppen up your eager eyes and press on.

Mr Blue Sky

While a recent addition to my list of favourites, Mr Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra has ‘feel good tune’ written all over it, right from the toe-tapping beat it starts with. It most recently featured on the Guardians of the Galaxy II soundtrack (do yourself a favour and watch the opening scene. Baby Groot dancing is just the best.) The song is about how good it is when the rain stops and the sun comes out (frontman Jeff Lynne was in a Swiss Chalet trying to write songs for their new record and it had been dark and misty for weeks. Then, the sun came out – voila, inspiration!)

Again, it makes me feel good and I suppose I make the metaphorical link between rain / clouds and bad times are going and sunshine / good times are coming.

So the two songs (‘the misters’) make me feel good about myself and life, and give me a huge sense of hope and excitement about what’s to come. My other big favourite is Let’s Dance to Joy Division by The Wombats, but I couldn’t quite fit that into the name as well! MrBrightandBlue’sWombat?

Happy listening x

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