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Sarah Maxwell

Alarm clock: 4, Me: 0

The alarm clock and I are in a stalemate battle and unfortunately it always seems the clock is winning. Nothing I do seems to stop it. I must obey.

It used to be I would get up shortly after it would go off, even in high school and college I didn’t need the snooze that long. But nowadays I find myself wondering, in the half groggy haze of a sleepy mind, if I can hit the snooze just one more time or if I do that will I be playing catch up for the rest of the day.

And I’m not listening to the blood curdling beeps which remind me of the fire alarms in school, no I pick a song to wake up to. Something to get me ready and excited for the day. Maybe the reason I’m struggling this week is because for some unknown reason I chose to update my alarm to play “Have it All” by Jeremy Kay. I mean the first words I hear in the morning are “some days I feel like crying” by which point I’ve been able to silence it.

It used to be the seminal classic, “The Bitch is Back” by Elton John. It is a personal favorite of mine. He’s always had such wonderful music. That song, with its’ driving intro and powerful lyrics, seemed to get me going in the morning really well. And then I plateaued. It didn’t matter that I viewed the song as a wonderful anthem to listen to daily, it just wouldn’t get me up in the morning. So I decided to change it up.

Before Elton’s wonderful song I was using “Domino” by Jessie J. Now that is a great get out of bed and dance song. The type where you just want to listen to it while getting ready because it fills you with life and energy. And it was a song that if I hit snooze once or twice it didn’t bother me.

However the song before “Domino” I could never hit snooze to because as soon as I heard the first few chords I was done. The song was officially stuck in my head until I listened to the radio on my way into work. “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys is a beautifully written song. Its’ lyrics are passionate, something I thought would help motivate me to get up and make something of my day. The only thing it did was make me angry. If I hit snooze, I would spend the next 9 minutes tossing and turning trying to fall back asleep and block the song out of my head. It rarely ever worked. So maybe after all, this was the right song to use because it wouldn’t let me slip peacefully back under the covers and into a little slumber.

And I’ve tried others songs over time too. Some with an obnoxious sound or driving rhythm, others more gentle and trying to slowly wake me up. The latter would rarely work. Often times when I would pick something soft and gentle to wake me up, I wouldn’t hear it until the second or third time around. For a while I was using “Bella’s Lullaby” from “Twilight.” Yes, I know “Twilight” what was I thinking, but the score is very beautiful. I thought it would help to slowly wake me up. Trust me, I get the irony of using a song with the word lullaby in it to wake up.

Even though I fall in and out of love with certain songs to wake me up, I know I never want to go back to the days of the brutal, blaring, beeping alarm clock. I don’t know what song will be chosen next, but all I can do is hope it has the strength to wake me up from a deep slumber. And with that, I think it’s time to go try out a new one. Good night all!

BCR Copy Editor Sarah Maxwell can be reached at smaxwell@bcrnews.com.