One of my favorite channels on Sirius was the Garth Channel. His station was a wonderful blend of music and Garth Brooks is one of my favorite artists. One of his playlists had songs he thought would make you smile (most of the time they did😊). I remember the last time his batch of smile songs came on and it was just a rough day. I couldn’t help but smile when I heard Happy by Pharrell Williams. I was reminded of this simple truth, music is healing. Poetry set to words, music has been a constant companion, a best friend during times of joy, celebration, heartbreak, and loss. It starts and ends my days, and something truly changes within me when the right song comes on at the right time, a little bit like magic.
I am incredibly blessed that one of the features in my car is the ability to repeat songs after they play. Below is a list of songs guaranteed to get another play by me. I thought of creating a list of my all-time top 5, however, that felt a little impossible. If you ask for another top 5 in a month, you may get a few new songs. My songs ebb and flow with my life in some ways. It is a random mixture of songs, but I hope you’ll enjoy them. I also hope you’ll share your favorite songs with me. I love being introduced to new music and I love hearing a story about what the song means to someone. As I write that, I realize that’s another beautiful piece of music. You have the lyrics in the song that tells a beautiful story and then you have the story about how and why people connect to that song.
As Maria Von Trapp states :
‘Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.’
What songs make your heart open? What songs make you want to dance?
What songs do you turn to in times of heartache, sorrow and loss?
What songs give you hope? What songs have changed your life?
What songs had one meaning and then that meaning changed as you changed?
Here are Renae’s Repeat Songs, I would love to hear what your repeat songs would be too!
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Once a Day
Wilson Phillips, Hold On
Garth Brooks, The River
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Have you Ever Seen the Rain?
Dierks Bentley, Living