Over break, I needed to connect. I needed to connect with my children, with my husband, with family, with friends, and with my past. I introduced my children to the charming, music-filled drama, Beaches, which was my go-to movie when I needed a good cry at age thirteen (and it still works even though I’m now in my thirties).
I found myself singing along throughout the auditions, the rehearsals, the shows, and I was reminded how much I adore the soundtrack.
About a week later, kiddos had gone back to school, and no one had said much about the film or soundtrack until my little guy walked into our living room belting out, “That’s the glory of love!”
I did a double-take (especially since he fell asleep during the movie and didn’t even hear Bette Midler’s reprise of the song before the credits ran. I asked my older daughter if she had been singing it, but she hadn’t been. It was simply the power of music.
While looking for photos for another blog post, I happened on this article from Scientific American regarding music and training and the brain, which is a long-time interest of mine. Though I received limited piano, violin, bass, and vocal training, I am grateful for the brain connections I have because of music and for the love of music my parents, friends, and family share with me. There is glory in music and in love.
No, not the Disney movie that has taught more than one of my friends’ children the way to “moon” other children…but, I digress.
I’m talking about real, true, honest bravery. I remember attending a seminar once where a singer (Janna…? I wish I could remember…) took the stage with her guitar in hand and strummed a few chords as she invited us to sing along, “What would I do today if I were brave?” In addition to the power of the music, she added movement as we each signed (American Sign Language) the word “brave” as we sang. Though this experience happened years ago, the feelings are still vivid in my mind. I contemplated that question again recently, as I have many times at various moments in my life.
I would write more.
I would be less inhibited.
I would stop worrying about what others thought about me.
I still struggle with being brave, but I noticed that Sara Bareilles has released a new single entitled, “Brave.” I asked someone close to me who is usually more up on current music than I am if they were familiar with the song…and they mentioned a song by Josh Groban with the same title. (Thankfully, I found both through Spotify…and you can look for them toward the end of my Spotify playlist in the sidebar if you care to take a listen…and I’m posting Sara’s lyric video below for your viewing pleasure.)
Still, I’m wondering what I can do to develop the bravery…the courage…the lack of inhibition…or fear…that I need to do the work that I would like to do in this life. Any ideas?
I think I’m getting closer as I feel like I’m on the cusp of something amazing!!!! Join me, will ya?
And, speaking of being brave…I’m about to hit “publish” on this post…which makes #100. How’s that for being a little brave? 100 windows into my life, love, liberty, and my personal pursuit of finding happiness…in the middle of my story.