What’s in a Song?

This blog has a weird name. I know. It’s not just named after me. There is of course a story about where “Get Over Greta” came from.

Back in the 1997,  The Nields, a folk/rock/post-grunge band from Massachusetts, came out with an album entitled “Gotta Get Over Greta” with track #3 sharing the same name. That same year, a Missouri college freshman named Greta (me) was at a decision point in her life. Living in a college dorm two hours from the center of her world, her high school love of three years, she struggled with being away from him and from home. At an emotional and mental breaking point, driven by her fear of becoming her mother; co-dependent, marrying young, unsure of her own interests, she hesitantly ended her relationship with the love of her life.

At another college, her dear boyfriend was trying to make sense of everything. Friends tried to console him in any way they could as he managed through the break-up. One tactic their dear friend Mary tried included hanging up a band poster for The Nields with the hopes that he would be reminded to get over Greta. On the poster it said “Gotta Get Over Greta.”

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Poster Designed by Stefan Sagmeister

The same poster was mailed to Greta so she could hang it up in her dorm and remember to get over herself.

The world is bigger than your own emotions. Each and every decision we make is important and effects others. Where we think we’re is not necessarily where we’ll end up. The most perfect plan should always have a back-up. So far, I’ve gone through life with that in mind. Remove as much emotion from decision making and thought processes as possible in order to proceed. If plans change, get up and get over it. Life is too short to sulk. It doesn’t mean that you won’t hurt, or be angry or sad. But don’t get stuck in the “whoa’s me” mentality because of decisions, actions, or lack of actions that you chose to make.

No one is waiting around for you to succeed. Adversity challenges us all in different ways. It may inevitably drive you in another direction in life. That happened to me. I am far from my original plan that I started with in 1997, and trust me, it is nowhere near being a jingle writer, back-up singer, or production manager in Chicago.

Get over it. Press on. Build your plan with contingencies. Move forward with memories of the many wonderful, amazing people who made you who you are today. 

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