Writing 101 ~ Day Three: Commit to a Writing Practice

Today’s Prompt: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

Music has never been my forte, unfortunately. For some strange reason, when I like a song the lyrics just get lodge in my memory bank. I have always wished that would happen with studies but … no such luck 😥

The most meaningful music piece in my life is The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss. A beautiful waltz tune that even to this day when I hear it, I can feel my tears surfacing. Each year mummy and papa would go to the teachers’ union dance where this song will be played … and there, my 2 super well dressed parents would waltz away to the tune. I remember her even wearing gloves on those evenings with long dresses. Sometimes she would put on the record and then put little me on her feet and we would just dance away in our tiny living room. They were both teachers and ardent ballroom dancers. It has been 18 years now since they passed away, 18 months apart and hearing this song makes me miss them.
(I wonder why I can’t dance for the life of me.)

Then comes Your Song (Elton John). Yes it was MY Song for an evening. He sang it. He dedicated it to me, on stage, for my 19th birthday. He, who had many girls wanting to be his girlfriend chose me.  “It’s a little bit funny … this feeling inside, I’m not one of those, who can easily hide…”  It’s not Elton John I’m writing about, the “He” was my first boyfriend, a very good singer and guitarist, who had won a local talent contest and who gave me shaky knees.
(Hmm, I wonder what ever became of him and where “He” might be today.)

The third song ~ You Raised Me Up, the Josh Groban version, I still listen to today. Why? Sometimes when songs and words create an impact it simply stays with you. It is not a religious song but when I heard it for the first time, it just felt special. It simply fitted how I felt about God. I’m not super religious nor am I an atheist, but I just felt a connection to an upper power. Since then I’ve played it over and over especially in ‘down’ times.

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
Then I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me..

It reminds me of really, really bad times out of  which something good emerges. I’m just adding a link in case anyone wants to hear & feel what I mean.

 

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10 responses to “Writing 101 ~ Day Three: Commit to a Writing Practice

  1. Beautiful! especially loved the bit about your parents… so sweet!

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  2. You really had me excited that Elton John sang that song to you! This was great, especially the story about your parents and the Blue Danube. I connect with that song for a totally different reason – it was the song used in one of my favorite cartoons:

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  3. Another beautiful post

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  4. Great post, not too sure about ‘you raised me up’, I don’t think I’ve ever heard it. I’ll look it up just for fun. As for dancing, I’ve got two left feet, but I can march so that’s OK.

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  5. I forgot how much I love Your Song. Thanks for reminding me what a beautiful song that one is.

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