Welcome everyone to the first regular-season edition of the Not Enough of Blue playlist! This one is short and sweet but encapsulates the fan feelings well. Beginning to the end of these first two weeks, the outcome was predicted by many. Everything is linked down below, so feel free to listen while you read!
After what felt like forever without fans and real cheering, the time has come for a new reality. Fans are back and their presence, as well as their energy, can breathe new life into this team. First up and representing our home opener we have Applause-Lady Gaga.
“I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause”
Morgan Rielly is ready to feel all the good feelings again. Truly I think we all live for the applause. We are 100% ready to see this team dominate, and they should be ready to hustle.
In the chorus, Lady Gaga sings,
“Give me that thing that I love (I’ll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make ’em touch, touch (Make it real loud)
Give me that thing that I love (I’ll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make ’em touch, touch (Make it real loud)”
Here she is commanding the crowd to clap and celebrate her return to the music scene. In analyzing the song you see what kind of thrill this applause gives her. Performing gives her life, just like being in front of fans gives the Maple Leafs new life. It brings everyone joy and happiness. It also directs our attention to the light at the end of the tunnel that is everyone going back to some kind of normal.
Every night in my dreams… I see the Toronto Maple Leafs winning a lot of games, making it to the playoffs, and potentially winning the Stanley Cup. Maybe I’m just listening to too much of our second song My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion? What better song to bask in your sadness than the love theme from Titanic. Sometimes loving this team is like a sinking ship. Just as painful as seeing Jack die or Rose throwing the necklace into the ocean. PURE PAIN.
Next up we have Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beetles. I chose this one mainly for the upbeat, but very nonchalant vibes of the song. The chorus goes like this,
Life goes on, bra
La-la, how the life goes on
Life goes on, bra
La-la, how the life goes on”
I hear this song and immediately think of the 50% of fans that don’t put too much thought into the losses the Leafs have suffered in the last two weeks. Life does go on, the season goes on! We move forward and hope the team does too.
In her song Wrong Direction, Hailee Steinfeld speaks about a relationship in a way that a lot of us can relate to. She starts the song with,
“I don’t hate you
No, I couldn’t if I wanted to
I just hate all the hurt that you put me through
And that I blame myself for letting you”.
I’m sorry for comparing how we feel about the Leafs to a terrible breakup with a relationship that was supposed to be perfect, but that’s exactly what it is. On paper, this year and last this team have magic written all over it. Something just isn’t clicking. Some will say it’s a curse or a lack of effort and accountability. Whatever it is they are going in the wrong direction and need to do a 180 ASAP.
Last, on the list today is I’m Still Standing – Elton John. Why? Because we need to have some kind of optimism. From the first verse, Sir Elton sings,
“And did you think this fool could never win?
Well look at me, I’m a-coming back again”
The Leafs are in a bit of a rut right now, and it sucks to watch and it sucks to be in it. This is not the end. Granted they need to snap out of it and fast, but they still have their skates under them. They have got to get right back up after this fall and say “I’m still standing”.
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Are you ready for the next few games? Let us know how you’re feeling in the comments!