Here is an example of some songs and what I personally feel when I hear them:
1. Will the Circle Be UnBroken (Ada R Habershon, 1907) - brings to my memory, my grandmother. It was her favorite song and was sang at ther funeral. It was also one of my mother's favorites and played at her funeral, as well.
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel, 1970) - we had to analyze this during my 11th grade literature class. It was an eye opener and introduced me to a new way to look at music.
3. As the Deer Panteth (Martin J Nystrom, 1981) - a spiritual hymn that mirrors my belief in Christ. A song I would want to be sung at my funeral.
4. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf, 1968) - my first real boyfriend. We would play this a lot while working in his parents garage on his 1955 Chevy. Some good memories there as well. It was my first exposure to that type of music and it reminds of that time.
5. Joy to the World (Three Dog Night, 1970) - my first concert. I went to see this band and this is the only song that I knew before the concert. When I hear this one, I remember standing up and dancing in the isle with my date.
6. The Star-Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key, 1814) - reminds me that I live in the greatest country on earth that is protected by the bravest men and women in the world. Sends goose bumps down my body when I hear it.
7. I Want it That Way (Back Street Boys, 1999) - first concert with my beautiful daughter. I took her and several of her friends to this concert and I had as much fun as they did. (Of course, I had ear plugs in----and I still heard every word of every song. LOL)
8. Chariots of Fire (Vangelis, 1981) - played this a lot on hot summer nights laying on an old quilt in a beautiful park studying the stars when I was young and naive.
9. Born in the USA (Bruce Springsteen, 1984) - my son when he was 3 years old would sit in the back seat of our Honda Accord and sing this over and over and over again. He only knew the chorus, but every time I hear this song, it takes me back.
There are so many beautiful songs that bring back memories, both good and bad. Each with their own history. Music is a powerful tool and can be used as medicine for the ill. Music has been proven to helps babies learn more, reach autistic children, teach a lesson, bring people of all backgrounds and beliefs together in peace and so much more.
Churches use music to teach or emphasize a lesson. The Bible tells us "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;" - Ephesians 5:19. Music must be important if God wants us to do it.
Take time in your life for music.
Escape within the lyrics and the notes. Live a life that is full of the inspiration that music gives us. Make memories marked by a song...those you will never forget.
Do you have a special song or songs that mark special events in your life? Do you use music to lift up your spirits? What types of music do you enjoy? As always, please share your thoughts.