Oh my days! I didn’t see that coming at all. I find today’s assignment asking me to write about the three most important songs in my life a lot more difficult than you can imagine. I love music like crazy. I realized from a very early stage in my life that I find stability in listening to certain songs and I draw a lot of strength from them. I love songs not just because of the melody they carry but most especially because of their lyrics. I am eclectic by nature so I’m just going to choose three out of the many important songs in my life and write about them as they readily come to mind.
I heard this song for the first time about four years ago and I got hooked on it just because of one line in the lyrics. “And in the end, you won’t break cause you are learning how to bend”. This song never fails to reassure me that everything would be alright in the end no matter how hard, difficult, frustrating or hopeless things may be or look now. The song realistically relates to the everyday struggle we go through as humans in our own little corners. It is not cheesy or patronizing, it’s just a real and honest song in my opinion.
I especially love this second song because it embodies everything I believe about love and loving someone intimately. It opens the eyes to see that love transcends mushy feelings – it is a decision, a stand I have always maintained. For me, this song asserts the real challenges any love relationship would face in its life time, the rough roads, the speed bumps and all. It reminds me that true love will exert a certain degree of pressure on you and yours but that decision to pull through it together, helping each other along the way is all that is needed to preserve and protect the precious seed of love growing in both hearts. No jumping ship just because there is a storm.
It took me a while to make this last choice but here it is. This is a feel good song for me because every time I hear it I am reminded of the fact that no one can hold me back or down but myself. No matter what people say to me or do to me, it is not strong enough to stop me in my tracks except I allow it. I have been hurt a few times in my life and at those times I clearly see the intent was to crush and break me. However listening to this song, I am reminded of the resilient spirit I carry on my inside that cannot be silenced by any force of subjugation, wickedness or cruelty.
“Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?
Nailing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance Number 5 on your alto sax. Making perfect pulled pork tacos. Drawing what you see. Or, writing a novel. Each requires that you make practice a habit.
Today, try free writing. To begin, empty your mind onto the page. Don’t censor yourself; don’t think. Just let go. Let the emotions or memories connected to your three songs carry you.
Today’s twist: You’ll commit to a writing practice. The frequency and the amount of time you choose to spend today — and moving forward — are up to you, but we recommend a minimum of fifteen uninterrupted minutes per day.