Weekend Love Songs

I’m ready to celebrate the weekend! (Yes, I know I’m a little early…but I’d appreciate your help with this matter…!)

Here are some love songs for the weekend to get you ready for date night. (What? You haven’t scheduled a sitter? You don’t have plans yet? Get to work!) 🙂

Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

I was driving in my car down a long stretch of road pasted between lights and buildings, parks and restaurants. My destination was sure, though I was a few minutes behind schedule. I turned on the radio for company, listening to favorites and switching stations often.

When I heard the first few beats of Elton John’s music, I immediately recognized it as his song from Disney’s The Lion King, and I reached to change the station.

Sorry Elton John fans. I recognize his talent as one of the music greats of all time…but his songs just don’t usually speak to my soul.

The closest I’ve come to being moved by his music was his ballad to the late Marilyn Monroe, “Candle In the Wind.” That is, at least until this recent drive.

As I touched the button to change stations, I had a thought to listen to the song.

(I’ve come to recognize that little thoughts like that one are often valuable.)

I settled into the seat, cautious of my speed, as my breathing slowed in time with the music. I began to sing of “kings” and “vagabonds” along with Elton’s smooth vocals.

But, what meant more to me was the way I felt.

I felt love. I felt assurance. I felt that the many pressures, responsibilities, and decisions that rest upon my shoulders were known and recognized by a Higher Power. I also somehow felt that all would be fine.

I wonder if Elton John could have ever known that his song would mean so much to a thirty-something mother and writer while driving her car down an almost-too-familiar road. I could honestly answer yes to his musical query. I did, indeed, feel love that night…and I have tried to carry that feeling of love with me and share it along this road I’m still traveling. ❤

When do you feel love? How do you share it? And what have you created and shared, like Elton John's song, that has become meaningful to others you may not ever know?

Candy Everybody Wants

Dreams are strange, right? Do you have crazy dreams? Some nights I do…like the other night when I dreamed my husband and I were going to see a 10,000 Maniacs concert–you know, back in the day when Natalie Merchant was singing? I was really excited, mainly because I love their Our Time In Eden release. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time. I love all the Biblical allusions (in fact, I wrote several papers on Biblical allusions in popular music during my critical writing career).

As we sat in the seats in the theater, people began handing us costumes to put on over our clothing and ushered us to the stage to perform.

What?!?!?!

I showed up to enjoy a concert. Where is Natalie Merchant? I was already happily singing away to this:

and looking forward to hearing this:

Wasn’t gonna happen.

We followed the directions of an older actress with dark hair and distinct features. We went up on stage, where we improvised the best we could to what must have been an empty theater. Only the director and the lighting supervisor were in the back up in that little box where they always sit (I’m sure there is some theater word for it I should know…).

I was grateful to wake up…and to move on from the craziness…while part of me longed for the adventure of performing and being a part of a production.

(What do you think it means?)

Guess I’ll just turn on some 10,000 Maniacs and see what adventures are about to happen….

🙂

Winter, Please “Let It Go”

Could the creators of Frozen have timed the release of the film any better?

I don’t think so….

With half of the U.S. still frozen, and while Americans are anxiously awaiting the advent of Spring–along with the DVD release of Frozen (did you know you can already purchase the film through iTunes or advance purchase it through Amazon?), I thought I would supply you with some covers and renditions of the Oscar-winning song, “Let It Go.”

Last Sunday’s Oscar performance from Idina Menzel (or is it Adele Dazeem?):

Official Demi Lovato:

A little bit of tribal flavor and ice castles:

More ice castles with some Vivaldi for good measure:

And, just for fun–Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel, & The Roots along with some elementary school instrument accompaniment:

Which one is your favorite?

Because I’m Happy

How many of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” videos have you watched? I hope you’ve seen his one, at least:

He actually created twenty-four hours of video for his song, which he has posted by various hours on YouTube and on his 24hoursofhappy.com site. Pretty cool, eh?

Well, aside from hearing the chorus over and over in my house recently from various posts of friends or even renditions from children, I have been pondering this idea of a complete day of happiness.

Have you had one of those?

A whole, entire, beautiful day of nothing but happy?

How did you feel? And, what kind of process happened for you to create twenty-four hours of happy?

I’m sure I’ve had them, too. Often, they happen when I am intentionally living in the moment, soaking in air and life and scents and sounds…not allowing anyone or anything to violate my determination to be happy.

I laugh at the little things, like this morning when my kiddo got stuck and an older sibling swept him out of his predicament and carried him to safety without a thought other than to help. Instead of worry for the situation, I chose to be happy.

This journey toward happiness hasn’t been easy or quick, but it has been worth training my brain to think happy, to release fear, and to enjoy this experience we call life.

And, Pharrell Williams’ song (& others like it) help to remind us simply that happiness is not just attainable but what we were born to be.

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