Life is in the lyrics.
How can lyrics tap places in your soul that words alone can’t touch? Maybe its poetic ambiguity, enabling lyrics to become personal, as if they were written precisely for you. They transcend demographic differences and unite. Tremendously grateful for musicians and the soul nourishment of their artistic expression. I believe we are all building the soundtrack of our life.
Not to downplay the wonder of chirping blue birds and the way thunder rolls… but its lyrics that snap me to attention like smelling salts. They serve me shots of wisdom, patch my fits of worry and provide musical prayers. Not convinced? Let me introduce you to Needtobreathe’s Grammy nominated song: “Multiplied.”
There are certain songs that buckle me at the knees. “Seasons of Love” is tightly woven into my journey of grief since the sudden death of my sister-in-law. She was 35 and the mother of a 9-month old baby boy. The first few notes of Jonathan Larson’s anthem from the Broadway musical RENT serve as a trigger – always firing off tears.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life?
How about love?
Songwriter: Jonathan Larson
“Seasons of Love” and “Without You” are conduits for healing. “Heaven’s Here on Earth” is also on the top of my grief compilation.
I believe lyrics are balm for the soul. Or, at the very least, they are soul vitamins. Here’s why…
1.) Lyrical phrases can translate into a powerful mantras. My favorite lyrical mantra at the moment is “Let’s Be Still” by The Head and the Heart.
2.) Lyrics and melodies propel me forward to take the first step on my morning runs. They are especially powerful when my motivation is low and its a challenge to step outside.
3.) Songs stitch memories and secure the seams. They provide a portal to ignite vivid memories. “Your Song” and “Benny and the Jets” transport me to my grandmother’s house and childhood memories I should be too young to recall.
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words,
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.
"Your Song" lyrics: Bernie Taupin and Elton John
4.) When words fail, music speaks. Sometimes the only way to express an emotion, message or an intention is to share a song. Lyrics, and the melodies that they ride upon, can sooth a grieving heart, enhance faith, secure relationships, launch laughter and ignite dancing and joy.
5.) Songs serenade and re-calibrate my day. Many songs are lyrical poetry. Drew Holcomb proves my point with this verse of “Live Forever.”
I want you to live forever
Underneath the sky so blue….
Sing me a song, sing me a melody
Sing out loud, you’re a symphony.
Take courage when the road is long
Don’t ever forget you’re never alone.
Songwriter: Drew Holcomb
Lyrics are my anchor, my life line, and beloved signs on the path to redemption.
I hope you have lyrics dancing in your head.
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Today I am humbly honored to be participating in a Blog Hop with Grace Notes, the lovely new blog launched by my favorite magazine, Bella Grace. To celebrate, I am giving away Issue 7 of Bella Grace and a $25 iTunes gift card! Two options to win.
Bella Grace overflows with joy and I believe it is the most creative magazine available today. I promise you will want to step inside its pages and stay awhile. Two winners will be announced here on Ordinary Creative’s site on April 30, 2016.
Please comment sharing your theme song ♥ to be eligible!
Life is in the Lyrics is part of the Grace Notes Blog Hop. You can find inspirational posts that celebrate where ordinary intersects with extraordinary by visiting Bella Grace Magazine’s Blog: Grace Notes.
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You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. – John Lennon