Last night I couldn’t sleep very well. I don’t know why, but suffice it to say, it was not fun being up at 3 in the morning. So I started thinking of a variety of items, including wanting to write some blogs about music and songs that mean something to me.
Music is something I have loved for many years. I like a huge variety and listen to many genres — music from the 1980s, classical, country, current pop, disco, and the list goes on. In addition, I have been in choirs, choruses, and musicals throughout my life. Sometimes I just want a good beat to dance to, but as a writer, there are those songs that are all about the lyrics.
These songs are not fun and easy listening by any stretch but they have given me pause and made me think about a variety of things as a result. They have spoken to me and perhaps to you as well.
Here are three that I wanted to write about today:
- Jar of Hearts
- Do They Know It’s Christmas?
- Seasons of Love
“Jar of Hearts” was written and performed by Christina Perri. It was written about someone who she dated and hurt her very much. The lyrics are so amazing and on point that I stop and listen each time I hear this song on the radio. She has a gift for poetry that is for sure.
“…And who do you think you are
Running around leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart,
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me.
Who do you think you are?”
Have you ever known anyone with ice inside their soul? Thankfully I haven’t or at least don’t think I do. Isn’t that an amazing description of someone who hurt her?
Being a writer, I was blown away by the use of such a short line saying so very much — “You’re gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul.” Wow.
May we live in a way that we not have ice in our soul, but instead warmth, love, and care for others.
Do They Know It’s Christmas was recorded in 1984 by Band-Aid, a group of artists from Britain. It was used as a fund-raiser to feed people in Africa. Each Christmas season, this is one of my favorite songs because of the musicality of it. I sing each and every word and at the end, tears are running down my face. What an impact!
There’s a world outside your window and it’s a world of dreaded fear
Where the only water flowing is a bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
Well, tonight, thank God, it’s them instead of you
And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?
The words give me chills just thinking about it. It also saddens me and makes me realize it is a call for action. It is and was a call to give and help others.
I am fortunate to have an extended family who raises money to give to a needy person or family instead of buying one another Christmas presents. We have been doing this for several years and I am so glad and proud to be a part of it!
Each year we get together to celebrate, enjoy our meal and our time together, and give gifts to the kids, and then discuss how much we pooled together. There is strength in numbers as I have fortunately learned from my amazing family.
Seasons of Love is from the musical “Rent.” This musical is about a year in the life of a bunch of friends, several of whom have HIV or AIDS. The song speaks to the importance of love and how it can be a way to measure our life.
I know a man who has HIV. He is in regular pain and has a tough way in life. Yet, he works hard each day and helps others. He is one of the most generous people I know with his time. He is truly someone to learn from.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear.
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?
How about love?
How about love? Measure in love
This song makes me think of how I spend my time. Am I truly making the most of my time and making great memories? I like to think so, but realize it isn’t always the case.
Showing and sharing love and spending our time with loved ones is one great way to spend our time. A wise paramedic supervisor once told me, “Never be a grave hugger.” I think that is perhaps the best piece of advice I have ever received. He was saying to always let your friends and family know how you feel about them. Don’t leave anything unsaid since you just don’t know what is in store.
Do you have songs that make an impact to you as well? I would love to hear about those and what they have meant to you.
These three are the first of many that I will be writing about. In the future, I will write about some of my favorite dance songs, favorite love songs, songs that my family used to sing, and many other categories. Please give me some other suggestions, if you are so inclined.
I wonder what music will speak to me tomorrow. I can’t wait to find out!!