As a music teacher I recognize the important role that music plays in the lives of others everyday. In celebrating Music In Our Schools Month in March I want to challenge you to look at a song or a type of music and journal about what it means to you. This should be more than just using a song title on your layout. Think about songs that have special meaning to you and tell us why. Why did you choose the songs for your wedding? Do you and your sweetie have a special song? Can you remember a lullaby that was sang to you or that you sang to your little one? Remember a funny song your mischievous uncle taught you? What song did you dance your first boy/girl dance? Ever got a song stuck in your head? Think about your teenaged years. What song could you perform word for word? Have a special attachment to your college fight song? Is there a song that personifies your life? Is there a song that always makes you remember someone? I hope that these prompts spark an idea for this musical challenge.
Happy Music Month!!!
Title: The Music Reminds MeJournaling: (written as though I am speaking to my son) “Tomorrow” from the Annie Soundtrack. You loved this song and loved singing along to it. When you were five and traveled with Mom and Dad to Richwoods every day we heard you belt along with it. Really you have such a strong voice and really nailed the high notes, it was fun to listen to you sing!“Light the Candles All Around the World” This song is from Music K-8 a music teacher resource. You performed it in concert (holding a flashlight “candle”) in Kindergarten and then again as a soloist in third grade. Currently you are polishing it up to sing in church. “Standin’ in the Need of Prayer” This kids’ Bible song is an unusual song for you to love, but something about it speaks to you and you sing it all the time.“God Bless the U.S.A.” You learned this song in my music class and we quickly added it to your iPod list. On more than one occasion you have just been moved with emotion when you listened to it. Once after Grandpa died you cried so hard because it reminded you of him.The power that music has to touch our lives is amazing. It helps us celebrate. It helps us mourn. These songs will always remind me of you! -Mom, February 2008.