When I was first asked to start writing in this blog for Positive Music, my thoughts were automatically linked to thinking of ‘positive songs’ that literally say positive messages for us to find some enlightenment, encouragement, or to just feel good.
However, for myself, one of my own most positive, inspiring songs, has nothing to do with inspiration, nor does it state any positive out there statements like those in Unwritten, or You’ve Got a Friend in Me.
As a child growing up, I remember watching my father dance around the living room, doing air guitar and singing to the Eagle’s song, Hotel California. Of course at the time I would roll me eyes, like any good intending teenager and say things like “Dad, you’re so lame,” or “You better not do this when my friends are here.” (The positive attitude hadn’t kicked in at this stage of my life 🙂
However, about three years after his death, while shopping for my wedding dress, and feeling quite sorry for myself that my dad wouldn’t be walking me down the aisle, Hotel California started playing on the radio. This gave me a new hope, and made me realize that Dad was there in my heart, if not there physically.
This of course, turned into a song that I loved to hear in my times of difficulty, or when I felt fearful of any upcoming event.
While driving home in a winter storm, I would whisper to the air, I need you Dad, to watch over me, and guide me safely back home, and Hotel California would start playing on the radio. When I was looking for a new house for my children to move into after my divorce, the song came on again. When I was going to my very first book signing, and filled with so many fears and doubts, the song came on the radio, not once, but twice.
Music is linked directly to certain aspects of our lives, as this song does for me. Mind you, now when I hear it, I’m not saying, Dad you’re so lame, I’m saying Thanks Dad.
With this very thought in my mind, I began asking other people what songs held a significant value for them. Depending on the age, the person, etc, each answer was completely different, and sometimes the song that inspired them was a song that I had never really cared for.
What songs inspire you? They don’t have to be an affirmation song, or a song that will inspire someone else… simply something that speaks to you, at exactly the right times in your life!
Until next time,
Live love and love life, xo Catherine