There are some songs that just get stuck in your head, you hear a lyric spoken by someone and it turns in to a melody. My youngest daughter and I can have whole conversations in song lyrics. With her it is a bit different though, she’ll actually sing the next line of the song you spoke.
Certain words always conjure songs, if I hear “after midnight”, I automatically think “we’re gonna let it all hang out.” Sometimes it is just the phrasing that makes the song jump. Over the years, I have learned more Broadway songs than I ever thought possible, and since Broadway almost always tells a story, I automatically see the scene in front of me. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” doesn’t bring me Jack Frost nipping at my nose, I think “No room at the Holiday Inn, oh, no……. and it’s beginning to snow.” And that leads to all sorts of other lyrics, none of which seem related.
I know many parents are lamenting the movie Frozen for all the songs their children sing, I’ve yet to see it, but am looking forward to adding more songs to my repertoire. Especially if they are the kind that make kids happy. My kids always repeated their favorite songs, over and over and over again. Personally I think it is a great memorization tool.
One of my favorite thought provoking songs, comes from Rent. Do I remember the title? Never! But the lyric is something I try to think about everyday. When you are stressed, when you are depressed, remember there are 525,600 minutes in a year, how do you measure a year in your life? In laughter, in sunsets, in cups of coffee? In tears, in midnights, in miles? In journeys to plan? Pick the best measure for you and reflect, I like to measure mine in laughter and love, find some joy today and make every one of those minutes count.
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