I’ve been thinking a lot about music recently and how it has completely shaped who I am as a person. I can’t remember when, but I was roughly nine years old when I saw my first Broadway musical. It changed my entire life. It was as if from that very moment I understood joy – which up until that point I had so little of. It was the purest form of joy I had ever experienced. I always thought some day my creative expression would come a live on one of The Great White Way. There is still that glimmer of hope, a glowing ember. It literally ignites and explodes inside me whenever I see a live performance.
Over the years I have seen and performed in too many shows to count. Of course none of my performances have been professional, but they have all been incredibly rewarding, uplifting, enlightening and full of learning and growth.
Music in general has become such an integral part of who I am. I have a scary uncanny ability to remember lyrics to almost any song I have heard more than once. The words just stick. More than enjoying listening to music, I love to sing. I was a vocal major at the High School of Music and the Performing Arts in Manhattan before Marc Gafni’s abuse temporarily destroyed my life.
I sing all the time because it brings me that same pure joy from childhood. I sing in the shower, in the car, on my walks, around the house… It brings me comfort which is good for the soul.
Yesterday morning on my walk I was listening to a play list of love songs. I was singing along (as I usually do) to each when it hit me. Ninety percent of what is being said in these lyrics one could apply to the universe and our relationship with it. I have a weird eclectic taste in music, but here are some examples with snippets from parts of each song:
- All Of Me (John Legend)
Cause all of me – Loves all of you – Love your curves and all your edges – All your perfect imperfections – Give your all to me – I’ll give my all to you – You’re my end and my beginning – Even when I lose I’m winning – ‘Cause I give you all of me – And you give me all of you
- Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Phil Collins)
Can you feel the love tonight – The peace the evening brings -The world for once in perfect harmony – With all its living things – There’s a time for everyone if they only learn – That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn – There’s a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors -When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours
- For Good (From the Broadway Show Wicked)
I’m limited. Just look at me. I’m limited. And just look at you. You can do all I couldn’t do. Glinda… So now it’s up to you, For both of us. Now it’s up to you.
Like a comet pulled from orbit – As it passes a sun, Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood. Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better – But because I knew you. I have been changed for good.
- Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Belinda Carlisle)
When I feel alone, I reach for you – And you bring me home – When I’m lost at sea I hear your voice – And it carries me
In this world we’re just beginning -To understand the miracle of living – Baby, I was afraid before – But I’m not afraid anymore
Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth? Ooh, heaven is a place on earth. They say in heaven love comes first – We’ll make heaven a place on earth
- Smile (Uncle Kracker)
You’re better than the best – I’m lucky just to linger in your light -Cooler than the flip-side of my pillow (that’s right) – Completely unaware -Nothing can compare to where you send me – It lets me know that it’s okay (yeah, it’s okay) – And the moments when my good times start to fade – You make me smile…
Once again it brought on this overwhelming sense of gratitude. You can love so much – the universe and its supreme power, your partner in life, your parents, your children, your friends, what you do with your time, and most importantly yourself, and what you give back to that which you love.None of these songs are spiritual to say the least, but segments of their lyrics can apply to your relationship with the universe and it’s view of you; to you relationship with other human beings and even that with yourself. Be grateful for all these relationships. I think we must be grateful for the gift of music, it certainly can help us stay motivated to keep moving, and it can bring us closer to all that we hold dear, lyrics or not.