Life’s Playlist…. Forever Young performed by Joan Baez

For me, few things evoke genuine emotion like music.

I can listen to a song and be taken away to a place, a time, a moment.

Some songs make my heart soar, others send me into a deep despair.  I cry when I hear the Star Spangled Banner, my heart is filled with youthful joy when I hear Mustang Sally.

We Are the World puts me in a pool at Georgia Southern College and Vogue places me on the dancefloor at a Sunday Tea-Dance.

Years after their funerals I still struggle listening to How Great Thou Art as it places me on the front row at my parents funerals.

Yesterday, I was writing my April column for Georgia Mountain Laurel, the column is about someone who has had a major impact on my life and a song kept coming through my head.

It’s funny, how a song can put your mind in a place or the notes of a chorus brings a person to mind.

Music has always had this impact on me, all the songs of my life tie together to form a symphony of the people and places of my years here on earth.

I hope my chorus has many more stanzas to go, before the final note is played.

Last night I was watching YouTube and this song popped up on the screen.  I watched one version and ended up watching five different artists perform it.  I have always loved the song, let the words speak to you, in my mind they represent Bob Dylan’s best work….

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
And may you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young

 

Remembering a Free-Wheeling Spring in Life’s Playlist…. We Are the World by Various Artists

When “We Are the World” was released in the Spring of 1985, I was a junior at Georgia Southern College. (Now Georgia Southern University)

There had never been anything like “We Are the Wold” and to date nothing has ever replicated it.

Recorded by many of the music industries top artists, the song was recorded with the entire chorus in-studio together just after the American Music Awards.  During the months leading up to “We Are the World” the continent of Africa had been decimated by drought and thousands of people had died.

As a result the fund-raising effort “USA FOR AFRICA” was formed.

This was the first world-wide call to action, in support of a cause like the ones we see so frequently today.  All monies raised by record and cassette sales (yes, you had to go to a store and BUY music back in the dark-aged 80’s) went directly to the relief efforts.

The song played constantly on the radio and I remember laying by the pool, at the apartment complex I lived in, and each time it would air, 40, 50 and sometimes more of us would break into song.

Those were great days, when I hear this song I think back on great friendships and fun days in the sun singing for a cause.

Enjoy the song and see how many artists you recognize!

Life’s Playlist….. Lead With Your Heart by The Tenors

The-Tenors

Life’s Playlist…..  Lead With Your Heart by The Tenors