November Twenty-first; For Which Song am I Thankful?

 I can actually pick out one song more than others, for which I am very thankful. I’ll save that though for later. 

Music and songs play a large part in our lives. More so at times, than we may even recognize or acknowledge. While not a song, per say, a jingle created for product advertising can catch your attention and stay in your head for quite a while. Years later a line of the jingle can be mentioned and immediately your remembering the rest of the words, a blast for the past. A momentary smile, until that memory becomes an ear worm that plays on a loop for hours. Not always the best part of waking up then.

 Back when I was working and around people more, I had those days when I felt a bit mischievous and would remember  one of those childhood parody songs like On Top of Spaghetti and torment coworkers with those. The fact I can’t carry a tune in a bucket makes it worse. 

As a teenager hanging out with a friend, we were walking around her neighborhood and decided to sing the old song “I’ve been working on the railroad” at the top of our lungs. When we reached the end of the first verse, from off in the distance we head a male voice join in with the chorus. Silly moments and carefree songs that make you smile.

I enjoy most forms of music, but I really like older country music. A lot of the newer songs tend to lean more toward a pop music sound which is fine but different. I enjoyed a variety of the artists, but some how latched onto the band Sawyer Brown as my favorite. I think it was because they had no fears over being unique. They did one song called The Dirt Road which I adopted as an anthem. Since I live on a dirt road. Later they did a remake of Six Days on the Road. By that time my husband was driving long haul and always hearing that song reminded me of him.

 Country has some amazing love songs, too many to try and list. Each different song, offering a moment of warmth that seems to wrap your heart in a blanket. 

Bluegrass and jazz are genres that are different but the same in they are simply fun to listen and enjoy. 

Old time rock and roll, the so called music of my generation, just makes you want to sing and dance. Well, attempt to dance and hope no one calls paramedics. Songs that all have special memories that come with them.
 The fact that many songs have been used in movies and video games has helped bring them to a whole new audience. It was funny when a song I knew would be playing and I’d start singing which would have my son asking, “How do you know this song?” If you only knew how old that song is. Now he listens to stations that play those songs on a regular basis.

Parodies. Those wonderful, quirky, fun to hear and song along songs that are designed to poke fun at other hit songs or the event of the moment. Ray Stevens being one of the best, while Weird Al does a good job also. I mean, ‘don’t look Ethel’ but you’ll laugh if you streak through a Ray Stevens collection of hits.

 But the one song, that I would have to say is a favorite, is a Christian song titled, ” Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson. I first heard that song not long after my husband died. When grief, depression, loneliness would grip my mind and heart, this song would come on the radio and I would feel better. When the struggles that come from being abruptly single and trying to figure out the roads to take, this song would play. When I would find myself trying to figure out how to do things I had never had to do before, I would hear this song come on the radio. A message and reminder that I wasn’t walking alone.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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