So I say
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me
Lyrics from Thank You For The Music by ABBA
You might have noticed that in the past two days, I have used lyrics at the top of my posts, and the rest of the month I will do exactly the same.
Because Mrs. Fever — Feve — has a project going on for September: The September Song Project. Essentially it is for herself, to get back into the rhythm of writing, but she decided to share it with others and invite them to join in too. Now I absolutely love a challenge, and I love it even more to support others in their creative endeavors, their memes and ideas. In her post Feve explains how the meme will work, and I hope she will forgive me for doing it just a bit differently.
You see, I have find myself posting every day for months now, and so many times I thought to skip some days, but then there are thoughts I want to share for some meme prompt, and I find myself writing a post again. So I am doing it the ‘wrong way round’. Instead of using a song title or lyric or anything else related to music as inspiration for a post, I am writing the post and then searching for a song lyric that goes with the contents of my post. I tend to use quotes for my photo posts, but never for my ‘wordy’ posts, which means it is quite a challenge to find something that fits.
Music played and still plays a huge role in my life. Some music can transport me back to happy times, or sometimes even sad times. It has happened before that I burst out in tears when Master T played me a song he knew I was fond of. More on that in another post next week.
Our musical nights
I just mentioned that Master T plays me songs. Ever since we met, we had our musical nights. We don’t have them nearly enough anymore, as we both have to be in the mood for it. When we have these nights, the same songs tend to be played. Master T loves ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) but if I have to listen to them all evening, it only irritates me. Don’t get me wrong, I love their music, and in the past three years we have been to two Jeff Lynn concerts, but I always want to hear other music too.
Some of the best songs are listened and sung to…
- Perhaps Love by John Denver & Placido Domingo
- The Rose by Bette Midler
- Some Kind Of Wonderful by Grand Funk Railroad
- I’d Really Love to See you Tonight by England Dan
- You want Love (Maria Maria) by Mixed Emotions
- Guardian Angel by Masquerade
- Last Train to London by ELO
- Autumn Sun by the Manic Street Preachers
- The Longest Time by Billy Joel
- My Eyes Adored You by Frankie Vallli
- Tonight is what it means to be young from Streets of Fire
- To all the girls I loved before by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias
- Only for You by Louise Tucker
- Maid of Orleans by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
- Justified and Ancient by KLF and Tammy Wynette
- Canon (Pachelbel) by Bond
Some of these songs have featured on this blog before, always in a kind of roundup post, but never as a song by itself, with a story attached to it.
My parents loved to play music. With a father who was a huge fan of Neil Diamond, and a mother who loved every Elvis song there ever was, there was always music in the house. In my teenage years I was fan of ABBA, but I was also fan of so many other kinds of music, that I never had posters of ABBA in my room. I just loved their music, but the music of so many others too. Back then there was no Internet, and most of the LP or CD covers had no lyrics on them. My very first hobby was to write down the lyrics of songs… starting the tape… listening… pausing the tape… writing… rewinding… listening… writing… playing… pausing… writing… you get the picture. I had a couple of files full of the hand written lyrics of Afrikaans and English songs. Today it’s easy: when I want to read the lyrics, I Google!
When I was in school, I was chosen to sing in the school choir, and after doing it for several months, I wanted to do gymnastics too. My parents told me I had to choose, so I dropped the choir (despite loving to sing) and chose for gymnastics. Then, in my early twenties my mom and I sang together in a choir, which I really loved. I don’t think it lasted longer than a couple of years. That was back in South Africa, but when I came to the Netherlands, and during my second marriage, mom and I found a gospel choir close to home and god, did we have fun. We performed in churches, surprising people when we started swinging to I Will Follow Him, we had a Christmas Show in one of the Rotterdam theaters and we were on television a couple of times. Good times!
Thank You For The Music
Music is beautiful and special and can make me sad or happy, and I never ever want to be without it, even though sometimes I prefer the silence to any kind of music. That’s why, just like ABBA, I want to say, Thank You For The Music, and thank you to Feve for starting this project and making me have a wonderful music night with Master T again, not only because we got to listen to so many of our favorite songs, but because I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear him sing. His voice is AMAZING!!!
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