So if you looked at my old Facebook profile, some of these songs have been on my fave list for quite a while. Context gives meaning to this list of top ten positive songs, as I’m sure we will be building many different positive song lists with different criterion such as top ten positive friendship songs, top ten positive dance songs, top ten positive hits, top ten positive lyrics and the variation can go on.
Part of the dialog of the Positive Imperative, in its simple form is …. “More of this” and “Less of that” with the conversation focus on the more of this. This of course applies to music as well.
I hope you will gain some new thoughts and perhaps a song or two that you may not be familiar with. The criterion used is a subjective balance between my favourites as well as songs with quintessential positive lyrics that have made an impact in the world but not necessarily the biggest impact ie: We Are The World by U.S.A. For Africa which would certainly be a valid submission but as I alluded to earlier that just might be another top ten positive music list.
Simply put these are ten of my favorite positive songs that have made the greatest impact on my life! If you listen to them a lot perhaps they will make a positive impact on your life. That’s one of the foundations of the Positive Music Imperative. Be aware, if you watch the videos as well which for true effect I suggest you do, at lease a few of them anyways, this blog read might take a while :>), but look at it this way, for me it’s a culmination of 30+ years of the study of popular music. So here we go….
#10 HOW YOU LIVE ~ POINT OF GRACE Music/Lyrics Cindy Morgan
#10 “Turn Up The Music”, Turn It Up Loud, Take A Few Chances, Let it All Out” was of course what caught my ear the first time I heard this song. The lasting chord with me was the many ways in which the song eloquently shared values of family and legacy as well as the notion that the “How” is sometimes more important than the “What”. The Positive Imperative journey is all about the “How” manifested in the what.
How You Live ~ Point Of Grace –
If you had asked me to create this list even two years ago, it wouldn’t have included all the same songs and this is one of them. A great ripple effect of the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative, is simply the conversation that takes place. In years to come all of our horizons will be broadened and our lives enriched simply because of the Positive Songs we have shared with each other. For me I get them from all sources but the two biggest have to be my Niece Nichol who first sent me How You Live, and daughter Lesley who have both really adopted this Positive Song phenomenon. Lesley only a couple of weeks ago added See The Light by Paradise to my fave work out music.
#9 MELISSA ETHRIDGE ~ I RUN FOR LIFE Music / Lyrics Melissa Ethridge
Victor Sinclair & Melissa Ethridge Centennial Hall ~ Launch Tour 1988
#9 Another recent addition but no less loved. This track makes me instantly forget my woes in respect for those who have not only over come adversity but responded to it. Melissa delivers a passionate performance that stirs the soul and inspires us to accede. She has not only survived breast cancer but become a public spokesperson as well as singing people to action. This is truly a great example of the way in which music can inspire! WOW~.
#8 GREATEST LOVE OF ALL ~ WHITNEY HOUSTONM Michael Masser L. Linda Creed
#8 Anyone who has been a parent or a teacher has undoubtedly come to love this song. For me, of all the inspiring songs about children, be it Teach Your Children, CSN & Y or Child Of Mine by Carole King, this one encapsulates best the symbiotic relationship of nurture and future. One’s takes place at the seed and when done well yields the other, a healthy tree!
#7 GOOD MOTHER ~ JANN ARDEN Music/Lyrics Jann Arden
#7“Music Matters” is quite often my Twitter lead to share positive music lines that inspire and this is a great example. (See are you listening blog entry for more). Good Mother is a song that when I’m deep in thought about the lyrics will find more than a tear in my eye. “Feet on ground, heart in hand…” a great song of gratitude for the legacy and gifts our parents give us. Sometimes a great way to enjoy a song is simply one voice, one guitar. Check this version out.
#6 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND ~ JAMES TAYLOR Music Carole King Lyrics Gerry Goffin
#6 This song only inches ahead of all of its contemporaries like Lean On Me, Bridge Over Troubled Water and I’ll Be There as one of the reasons we all love music so much and a constant reminder on the importance of friendship and support. For me, years ago during my broadcasting days it was a first illumination to the way in which the masses embrace positive music. As part of JT’s Greatest Hits it is to the person one of our family’s fave albums and got the nudge ’cause now I’ve taught it to my Granddaughter Kaydence and we sing it together famously, Besides it helps teach her the seasons….. Winter Spring Summer or Fall all you got to do is call…. aha caught you singing ! Okay well continue singin’ cause this version is great. My Trebas Students will remember that this is the one I played in their class, to show them “who Carole King was” but more importantly, the power of music and the importance of legacy. Wow to write just one great song like this…. is to travel to the mountain top. The sheer emotion and the impact of this song will give you chills, the same way it did when I heard JT do it in Detroit. Another WOW~
#5 WHEN I’M UP I CAN’T GET DOWN/ORDINARY DAY ~ GREAT BIG SEAMusic / Lyrics Great Big Sea
#5 & #5 1/2Okay, so I cheated and got 11 in, but since there’s no double sided singles any more I’ve made it my own as I seldom ever listen to one song without the other. (Oh for the younger generation a double sided single was a 45rpm record which had one song on either side..most b sides were throw-a-ways, but some 45’s like Something/Come Together by the Beatles were hits on both sides…. I digress happily as always). I celebrated New Years Eve 2005, by watching a few thousand people do the pogo stick dance to When I’m Up I Can’t Get Down, in Niagara Falls, and believe it or not many were sober and just loving the Positive Music. With the Law of Displacement, when you listen to these songs it’s almost impossible to be depressed or down as they are so uplifting. Ordinary Day and Positive Music is all about your State of Mind!
#4 BELIEVE ~ SUSIE McNEIL Music/Lyrics Kara Dioguardi and Marti Frederiksen.
#4A work of art with some very powerful metaphors including the higher you climb, the farther you see”, but for me the chord hit with the line, “no one says it’s easy, and nobody says you have to be perfect, but as long as you try, you’ll find it was worth it”. So you too can move mountains with Dreams! Gee, nothing more to add, the lyrics say it all. A Gold Medal Of A Song !
#3 One of the biggest challenges for most of us is to dwell on the past and especially on the negativity that may have taken place, (for some reason I believe we do so on a ten negative memories to one positive memory ratio) and then we give them all sorts of unneeded interpretations and meaning, making us dwell on them all the more. You’ll see a number of our blog writers like Sara Westbrook and Patrick Mathieu continually reminding us to live in the now and that it is a choice we make every minute so long as we are conscious of that fact. Unwritten is the perfect song to start writing and drawing your future by understanding it all starts now! 11 Million people like this version.
#2 FLASHDANCE, IRENE CARAMusic Giorgio Moroder Lyrics Keith Forsey-Irene Cara
#2 Take Your Passion And Make It Happen, have been words that have sustained me to continue my quest to dedicate my life to make my world and those around me a better place in which to live, and yes especially in the darkest of places, like corrections and distress centres who serve the neediest in our society. It’s been the banner of Oprah and so many others. Do what you love and you will love what you do! I also love this video ’cause of records of course…. vinyl ROCKS …. and skips ~
Flashdance ~ Irene Cara ~ The Movie ~ the song was better!
#1 IMAGINE, JOHN LENNON – Music/Lyrics John Lennon
I don’t need to say much about this song, but I could also write a book on it. It’s a song that endured harsh criticism from many who first heard a fear and threat to their way of life, however for many more it provided a new paradigm of thinking. At one point the song represented a generation. As time has moved on and it’s been adopted by a new generation and new singers like David Archuleta. It represents the hopes, dreams and aspirations of millions in a world that still has conflict in the Middle East and other parts of the Globe. The conflicts still exist for the same reasons they did thousands of years ago.
Imagine of course also reflects our wish as well, and one of the reasons we have undertaken PI and PMI. Music is the universal language and will be one of the agents to bring us together to live as one, so I too hope you will join us.
#11 Honourable mention goes to I Believe In You, by Amanda Marshall. Like many songs that can move a person to tears, it represents a slue of songs that tell someone that you believe in them and that they make a difference.
THE CONVERSATION BEGINS
PIQ Positive Imperative Question. What are some of the most important songs that have motivated you and why? Please comment below and share your positive songs with us. In doing so you may impact someone else’s life positively as well as giving them a positive song idea to help keep them positively focused.
Thanks for reading and sharing. More positive song lists coming!
Victor Sinclair. VP of VSC International, Founder of the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative movements/concept and community, has a wide background in teaching, broadcasting, the music industry and business and most recently served as a founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada). He has also dedicated more than 30 years of his life to volunteerism and not for profits including Big Brothers, Memorial Boys and Girls Clubs, Minor Leagues Sports and as a President and board member of several not-for-profit boards. Interests include family, biking, tennis, reading, music and PI/PMI of course.
Copyright 2015. Positive Imperative. All Rights Reserved.