Last week I gave thanks to someone who unknowingly was one of the people in my life who started me down my musical path. One of this week’s songs, Steve Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella”, made me think about how we all connect to the different songs we hear. And it also made me remember that this time last year my series “Music Makes Me” started. Music affects our emotions in so many different ways. If you think about it, many things in our lives either blatantly or covertly are intertwined with music.
If you watch movies, they all have a crew whose job it is to write the music that plays in key parts of the shows. If you are a Star Wars fan, you recognize “The Imperial March” in the first few seconds it plays. Maybe Star Wars isn’t your thing, but you get pumped when “Gonna Fly Now” introduced in the first Rocky movie comes on the radio. Of course if action or fantasy movies aren’t your thing, perhaps music from romances like “My Heart Will Go On” or “Angel” are more recognizable. You horror film buffs would definitely recognize “Tubular Bells” or “Halloween” immediately. But it doesn’t stop with movies.
Television is the same way. Did you know that the long running show, Survivor, has it’s own soundtrack. Of course as soon as you heard their theme song play I am sure you would recognize it. I have never watched the Simpsons, I know crazy, but as soon as I heard their theme song I recognized it. And other shows theme songs like “I’ll Be There For You” or “Movin’ On Up” (for those of you older readers) are just as recognizable. Just for grins I googled two shows that I watch regularly now and I recognized the music from one of them. I’m sure I heard the music from the other, but it didn’t register as being from that show. You should do the same. This article isn’t about TV shows or movies though. This is an article that reflects on the very first article of this series.
My very first article was about the different songs that touched my life in various ways in the course of my life. I even created a playlist with that very first article I still have available on my Spotify account called “Story of Craig”. I am sure that if I were to do that exercise again some of the songs would change to reflect the past year of my life. As you know though, I am sharing songs regularly with my articles so this became a regular occurrence, but a part of my life. If you haven’t done something similar, I highly recommend making your own playlist. My personal recommendation is to think of various points in your life. Then think of a song that reminds you of that time and add it to your playlist.
For example, one point in my life would be when I was a rebellious teenager. Some of you I am sure can relate. A song that I thought captured that rebellious age was the song “Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band. Or I could also think of important people in my life and songs that remind me of them. For example the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” will always make me think of my oldest daughter. At one point in her life she “lived” Dorothy every day starting the first thing in the morning. At that point she would wake up and from her crib let us know she was awake by saying “Uncle Henry, Auntie Em, I’m awake.” You can also think of songs that you love that may not be directly related to a memory, but that may be a challenge.
As I sit here writing this article, I tried doing just that. I started thinking of songs I love and almost every song I’d think of would have some kind of memory attached. Maybe the song didn’t bring back a significant memory, but none the less some sort of memory. But that’s the beauty of music isn’t it, to help us capture those moments in time, to bring us joy, or to comfort us in our times of sadness. And to wrap up this article I go back to the song “Cinderella”.
I can’t imagine losing a daughter like Steven Curtis Chapman. I love the song “Cinderella”, but inevitably I get choked up any time I hear it because of the story behind it. I can’t imagine the pain that Chapman experienced trying to perform it after his daughter’s death. I love though that he has started performing it again in a tribute to his daughter’s memory. How does this relate to our playlists? I think that songs that make us sad can help us to heal over time. So I would encourage you to include them in your playlist.
I want to thank those of you who have been reading my articles for the past year. And I also want to thank those of you that follow me daily on Spotify, Facebook or YouTube. I’d love to hear if you make your own music playlist and also to hear your “Cinderella” song. Until next week, if you’re a music lover, you can hear, see or learn about something new every day on my Facebook group, Spotify playlist or YouTube playlist. And as always, feel free to reach out and let me know about your favorite new musical discovery.