Monday, 3 October 2011

The power of music

Sometimes when a person meets a divided road on their journey in life they can find something that makes them continue on.
I know some wonderful people in my life who are really struggling to stay afloat at the moment.
There have been many times this year where I have struggled to get out of bed, struggled to laugh or smile or find any element of fun in my day.

One thing that has helped on many occasions is MUSIC.

I have always said "my life should have been a musical".
One of my most favorite memories is when I was about 20, the whole resturaunt at a birthday dinner standing on their seats, singing American Pie.
Yes, we were full of alcohol.
But it was definately a memory to last forever.

I love listening to music, dancing to it and unfortunately for those around me, singing to it !!

But this year it has gone beyond Glee and Sound of Music.
I have found many songs that have settled me.
Many songs that made Amelia, Tom and I have so much fun dancing around the house.
I have been able to really stop and think of the words and relate to what they mean.

Let me give you some examples.

Amazing by Bruno Mars......
Her eyes make the stars look like their not shining..
She's so beautiful and I tell her everyday..
When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change.
Cause you're amazing, just the way you are.

(After Amelia was diagnosed with AT I kept looking at her and wondering "why her". She is always so happy, beautiful and caring. This song made me realise that she was still OUR Amelia. She was still amazing and I would not change a thing about her. She is still a beautiful little girl).

The Climb by Miley Cyrus........
I can almost see it, that dream I'm dreaming but there's a voice inside my head that says you'll never reach it.
Every step I'm taking, every move I'm making feels lost with no direction.
My faith is shaken.
But I gotta keep tryin, gotta keep my head held high..

(To get up everyday and face people. To see people for the first time and in the coming months after diagnosis. This song made me feel so much stronger. I needed to be strong for everyone else).

Forever Young by Youth Group......
Heaven can wait..
Hoping for the best but expecting the worst..
I want to be forever young..

(this song may appear depressing but I saw it as a turning point for my opinion on creating an amazing life for Amelia. Giving her a life of dreams coming true for her age).

I won't let go by Rascal Flatts
It’s like a storm
That cuts a path
It’s breaks your will
It feels like that

You think your lost
But your not lost on your own
Your not alone
I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
If you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I wont let go

It hurts my heart
To see you cry
I know it’s dark
This part of life
Oh it finds us all
And we’re too small
To stop the rain
Oh but when it rains

I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
And you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight

And I wont let you fall
Don’t be afraid to fall
I’m right here to catch you
I wont let you down
It wont get you down
Your gonna make it
Yea I know you can make it

Cause I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
And you can’t cope
And I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I wont let go
Oh I’m gonna hold you
And I wont let go
Wont let you go
No I wont

(I apologise but I had to put almost the whole song. This song will be so important for me forever. It is on Amelia's DVD. This song says so much about what I feel about Amelia and AT. This song also represents Amelia's Project for me. It explains the amazing people around us, the new people we been so lucky to meet and the power of friendship. I will be eternally grateful to so many people for what they have done to help us this year).

Lucky by Jason Mraz......
Lucky I am in love with my best friend..

(I feel lucky to have Scott next to me while we deal with everything and parent our two gorgeous children).

Over the Rainbow......
Somewhere over the rainbow skies really are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

(Umm. Probably self explanatory).

Raise your glass by PINK.....
(we just love to dance and be extremely silly to this song - especially in the car - the dashboard is our drum kit!!!).

Songbird by Eva Cassidy (or GLEE)
For you there will be no more crying..
For you the sun will be shining..
To you I'll give the world..
And I love you, I love you, I love you like never before..
And I wish all the love in the world..
But most of all I wish it from myself..

Smile though your heart is aching..
Smile even though it is breaking..
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by.
If you smile through your pain and sorrow.

(Sometimes we need to be reminded to smile).

And finally, Lean On Me.....
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow..
Lean on me, when you're not strong, I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on.

Whether I need to laugh, cry, dance with my children or sit and contemplate, music has been my friend on many occasions.

3 sleeps...
(and the children are extremely hyperactive and excited. I have not seen Amelia so happy and full of energy - for so many days in succession - for a very long time).


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