Cotton Candy Melodies: Sail Away

Angel Arada

Hey everyone! It’s Angel.

Last summer, I was bored. I was home alone and I had nothing to do, so I just started staring at the wall. To top it all off, I was running out of BuzzFeed videos and Korean dramas to watch. Basically, I had no purpose in life. There were only five days left until the beginning of my senior year, and I honestly would have rather dug a hole and lived there forever than gone back to school. I had to start my college applications and scholarships, choose a major, and plan out my whole life. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I was feeling especially stressed about this. After staring at the wall for a few minutes, I looked down and saw the back side of my brother’s guitar in the hallway. Before I knew it, I was sitting down in the middle of the hallway, playing with random chords.

I remember thinking that the D chord sounded nice, so I started with that. I wanted to write a song about running away, but I thought saying “sail away” would make the song more whimsical. When I played the chord again, I just suddenly sang the first line of the song. I got so excited that I ran back to my room to get the fancy notebook I got from Typo. I usually just write lyrics on my phone, but I wanted to make this one more special by physically handwriting the lyrics (and I just wanted to find a use for such a pretty notebook). I just kept going after that, and within an hour, I was done. I was pretty proud.

The lyrics of “Sail Away” are generally what I wanted to tell myself at that time. I wanted myself to just let go of the thoughts that were troubling me and to have fun. (The rest are just words that rhymed and that I thought sounded nice.) I know that I still have a lot of responsibilities that I have to fulfill. But let’s be real: I can do that later. Right now, I’ll just try to enjoy my last year of high school. I’ll do the things I have to do, but I need little moments to breathe too. I know that I need to get my life together, but I’ll figure that out eventually. So if you’re like me and you’re stressed, just sit back, relax, and come sail away with me. Just for a moment.