Writing 101: Commit to a Writing Practice (or, 3 songs)

I had to laugh when I saw today’s writing assignment. Write about 3 songs? Good grief – I don’t know if I can keep it to 3 songs!

The first “song” I have to mention is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Listening to it makes me want to cry, because it’s so beautiful. Banco Sabadell sponsored a flashmob to perform a short version on the occasion of their 130th anniversary, and it makes me cry. How much talent Beethoven must have had to write this when he was deaf. And he couldn’t even hear the applause, but one hopes that he could see the impact of this symphony on his audience. It’s just a beautiful piece of work.

Now I have to think of another song! LOL I guess I would have to choose The Carpenters’ “Top of the World.” It came out when I was a young girl living in the South (southern U.S.). Living in North Carolina was one of the happiest times of my life. I got my first cat there (Abigail), I was accepted for who I was, I was a part of the huge neighborhood we lived in. It seems like everyone knew everyone else. We lived on a cul-de-sac, and we would play “pit stop,” where the kids would draw out lanes with chalk, and we would all get on our bicycles and follow the roads that were drawn on. It wasn’t all roses when we lived down there, but I loved it just the same. We visited the beach frequently and we got to see my favorite uncle a lot. I got to run around barefoot (which I still try to do!) – in fact, my brothers used to joke that if I hadn’t been born barefoot, I would have invented it! It was warm, and we had unlimited access to the neighborhood pool. I think I’ve mentioned how much I love to swim!

The third song? I’m still thinking about that one. You’ll laugh but I’m scrolling through my MP3 player for ideas. I suppose it’s probably “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah. Besides being a beautiful tune, the lyrics remind me that no matter what happens in life, God is above all. I don’t want to get into any theological stuff on this blog – I left “the church” because I didn’t appreciate the negativity and judgments of other people. But there is a lot in this world that is painful, and “Hallelujah” reminds me that some day we will be beyond that.