I mentioned in How I Get My Vibe Up that music is one of the things that lights my fire. Even if I don't have a radio, cd player, or the computer playing something, melodies and line of tunes are often playing in the background of my mind. When I'm alone they even sometimes make it to my lips. Note I say alone. Most of my family is musical. I grew up listening to my aunts and uncles play and sing. But even my grandaughter puts her hands over my lips when I sing with other people around. :-) Except, that is, when I sing a verse from an old movie, an old Bob Hope comedy I think -
Who's my little whosit?
Who's my turtle dove?
Who's my little whosit?
Who do you love?
Anyway, I've recently been asked by Karen Lynch at Live The Power to talk about what song in particular makes my heart sing. She's heard I'm a Led Zeppelin kind of guy, and that I am. There's nothing like good metal to get the blood pumping. Given my druthers, when I put something on to listen to its either some kind of hard rock or some kind of space music. Most of the soundtracks in my head came from my parents, though. They grew up in Alabama in the 1930s and 1940s, and the gospel music they sang has lived in my mind. I don't remember all of them, but verses here and there have stuck -
I went down to the old camp meetin' Most for to see the sights But I got such a hearty greetin' That I went back every night.
They had an old-time gospel preacher From the good book he'd solemnly pray And when he started preachin' 'bout the soul's salvation You oughta heard the things he said.
You oughta heeeaaard him When he preached the blessed holy word You oughta heeeaaard him Such preachin' you have never heard
The song I keep coming back to, though, is Cherish, by the Association. I've talked about this before, but it has been one of my centers since I woke from a dream one night with it's words ringing in my mind. It's a love song, for me between my deepest self and my surface self.
Cherish The Association
Cherish is the word I use to describe
All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside You don't know how many times I've wished that I had told you You don't know how many times I've wished that I could hold you You don't know how many times I've wished that I could Mold you into someone who could Cherish me as much as I cherish you
Oh I'm beginning to think that man has never found The words that could make you want me That have the right amount of letters, just the right sound That could make you hear, make you see That you are drivin' me out of my mind
Oh I could say I need you but then you'd realize That I want you just like a thousand other guys Who'd say they loved you With all the rest of their lies When all they wanted was to touch your face, your hands And gaze into your eyes
Perish is the word that more than applies To the hope in my heart each time I realize That I am not gonna be the one to share your dreams That I am not gonna be the one to share your schemes That I am not gonna be the one to share what
Seems to be the life that you could Cherish as much as I do yours
Cherish is the word I use to describe All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside You don't know how many times I've wished that I had told you
You don't know how many times I've wished that I could hold you You don't know how many times I've wished that I could Mold you into someone who could Cherish me as much as I cherish you
And I do cherish you And I do cherish you
Cherish is the word
This is part of a group of posts that was started by Hilda Carroll at Living Out Loud in Songs that make your heart sing. So what song makes your heart sing? What do you love, or get fired up by? If you're a blogger, write a post about it and link back to this post and Hilda's post. Or just talk about what music you love and raises you up here in the comment box.