When I was young I loved music.
If that seems like a sad sentence to you, it does to me too. I think that the older I get the more that other things take up my time. It is easier to sit in an easy chair and watch TV at night than to crank up the tunes and dance around or sing out loud.
NOTE: Even now I still sing in the car, but lots of times I find myself tuning into talk radio or talking on the phone, so the singing time is short.
When I was young, so much time was spent with friends sitting around and listening and talking. And at a very young age I remember playing music in my room for hours and singing along (The Partridge Family was one of my favorites).
But now a song really has to move me to get me listening.
Most recently, that song has been A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay.
I began my love affair with the song when I was watching The Voice. Chris Martin was the special coach for all the teams and (of course) I fell in love with him. Coldplay's new album was about to come out, so they kept showing a clip of the song (from a Target commercial, I think), and then NBC even had an hour-long special featuring the band. I was hooked from the start.
It reminds me of the "wall of sound" stuff made famous by The Beach Boys, but it also has the driving beat that makes your heart race. And if you haven't seen them do it live, watch it here right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljuyyXMYT-M
I cannot get enough of it. I especially love watching Chris dance. He is a bit of a goofy dancer, but he seems not to care. Like a child.
NOTE: I saw myself dancing on video once (from my friend Cathy's wedding) and didn't dance in public for about 15 years.
Children have no inhibitions, so even as babies if music is played, they start to move. Such joy!
Some of the kids we serve at Community Partners of Dallas have had their joy taken from them. An abusive parent has stolen it.
I choose to dance. I choose to be young.
I'm pledging to you right now that I'm going to play some music tonight and dance around. Will you join me?
I'll save a dance for you. Chris gets the last one though...