Saturday, January 8, 2011

Even When The Eyes Are Closin' ... Do It With Your Heart Wide Open.

I've seen this on several people's Facebook accounts recently & I love it.

I'm always amazed by the power of music. How the sound of someone's voice can take you somewhere else completely - or how just the right lyrics can feel like they were written to tell ths story of your life.

I remember being in the car with my mother one day and feeling irritated because she wouldn't quit changing the radio stations. When I asked her what she was doing she said, "Figuring out all the answers."

I had no idea what she meant so I rolled my eyes and assumed it was some idiotic thing that parents say to avoid answering their children's real questions. :)

I forgot about this conversation until about a year or two ago when I was watching 'One Tree Hill' reruns(it's my guilty pleasure - back off.).  One of the characters was using the radio stations to answer all of life's questions. She rationalized that if she could concentrate on a question and then randomly pick a radio station that the answer to her question was somewhere in the song. It reminded me of that weird answer my mother had given me some 20 years earlier.

Now I have no idea if this is even remotely close to what my mom meant when she said, "Figuring out all the answers." But I HAVE used this little technique several times since then & it's never really led me astray. Plus, instead of admitting to myself that I stole this from a chic show, I pretend it really was what my mama meant in the car that day.

Anyhow, the point is that music is powerful. I can't imagine living a single day without belting out Martina McBride in the shower or dancing to OAR with my kiddo in the living room. On a day when Josh is clearly from Mars and I am clearly from Venus, we still have a handful of songs that are ours.

The song in the video above has become one of my new favorites. I play it each morning while I'm drinking my tea & checking my email. By the time it's played for the 3rd or 4th time I feel as if I could take on the world. My dog benefits massively from this because at 7.5 months pregnant, my version of 'taking on the world' means walking through the mountains until me & the pooch are both exhausted.

I'm thankful for the feeling of empowerment & self awareness that this particular song gives me. I hope you each get the same feeling.

Now, I'm off to take on the world.

Enjoy your Saturday, friends.


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