The Day Brightener

Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy

Where words fail, music speaks.

I have always had an interest in, and enjoyed music, but it is only the past few months that I have come to appreciate its true magic.  Music has the ability to instantly brighten the day, and bring light, hope and peace.  This discovery has been borne out of necessity –  trying to stay calm and optimistic as I ride the highs and lows of Motherhood.

For example, when you have two little girls whingeing and crying, you have a choice – you can do the same (tempting sometimes), or you can find a way to change the perspective and bring some brightness.  He-He has been my inspiration to do this, but my method of choice has been music.  Putting the radio on, listening to some light classical or dance music helps.  In dreary situations, scattering the floor with instruments (tambourines, shakers, xylophones) and starting to play helps turn the day around.  However, my trump card is The Icecream Song – “I dream of icecream, in a cone with a cherry on top….”.   When all else fails, I can rely on the Icecream Song to turn the frowns upside down.  It has become such a day brightener for our family, that when our baby is crying, my 3 year old runs up to me and pleads me to “sing the icecream song mummy”.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach*

My new appreciation for the power of music has made me more aware of the songs I hear throughout the day.  Recently, watching a movie I heard the following song ‘Middle’ by Jimmy Eat World.  While it was a bit “young” for me, I enjoyed its message and happy beat so decided to check the lyrics and download it for my ipod. I could also imagine young Claudia from The Flower Child story bopping along to this one in her bedroom!

01 The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

I knew this song brightened my day, but a quick scan of the song reviews left me gobsmacked.  So many people have gained support and inspiration from this song.  Here are just a few examples of quotes from song reviewers (they go on for pages)**:

“I payed attention to the words and I stopped crying and have never come home crying again. Thank you for making this wonderful, inspirational song!”

“But then I get in my car and can’t help but sing along and nearly cry because it helped me realize better things will come. It just takes some time.”

“I happened to listen to this song and as cheesey as it sounds this song made my day.”

“For some weird reason, whenever rough times come around, this song comes on the radio and makes everything better. This song has kept me optimistic even when it’s tough.” (note from the author – stay tuned for a post on synchronicity).

Music can change the world because it can change people.
Bono, U2

And so now, I am inspired!  If one song can have such a positive effect on people, imagine what a whole collection can do?  So, I am starting to gather and collate The Day Brightener music.  I would love your help to put this compilation together, and you can by answering the following question – 

What song really makes your day?

I will let you know when I have a nice little anthology together and from there I hope to make some CD’s – The Day Brightener Soundtrack – Music to bring light, hope and peace.

Here is my favourite Day Brightening song at the moment (Something in the Water, Brook Fraser) – just see if you are not whistling along to it sometime soon!

01 Something In the Water

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and life to everything.

*a GermanJewish poet and author. He was the founder of the German “tendency novel,” in which fiction is used as a means of influencing public opinion on social, political, moral, and religious questions.

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One comment on “Where words fail, music speaks.

  1. Helen Shorrocks
    February 6, 2011

    I would vote for ‘This is the day’ by The The – although it may be a testament to my misspent youth.
    “Well you didn’t wake up this morning
    Because you didn’t go to bed
    You were watching the whites of your eyes turn red”

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