The Soundtrack to your life

One Saturday morning early in 2018, my husband and I found ourselves glued to our computer screen, watching one YouTube video after another… For the first time in years we had reliable fast internet and we just couldn’t get enough of music videos, life changing auditions of singers and choir performances… For hours we sat drinking in the music, taking it all in… At one stage I realised I was crying, tears streaming down my face and I didn’t quite understand why. After all, we were only listening to and watching music videos! Or were we….

Dr. Richard Pellegrino, a neurologist once said: “Take it from a brain guy, in 25 years of working with the brain, I still can not affect a persons state of mind the way that one simple song can.” He also said the following: Many songs that ring up large sales not only produce endorphin highs but relate so well to listeners’ emotional lives that people create strong and long-lasting associations between those songs and other events and people in their lives. The songs become anchors. They trigger a flood of emotions and images: some from experience, some from daydreams. These images have the ability to instantaneously produce very powerful changes in emotional states.”

This makes completely sense: a song, like a smell, is an absolute time machine! It can transport you to times and places in an instant, it can also have you experience the presence of those who have long passed right next to you…

This made me think: Which songs and musical memories not only shaped your life, but also deeply connected you with others… in ways you couldn’t really describe to others who didn’t have the same connection?

I had the privilege to sing in choirs from a very young age and I still cherish memories and close relationships formed during those times. There is just something about adding your voice to join others in song… We shared something no one could really explain, felt very deeply within our souls.

I’m not a musician, but if I could do life over again I think the only thing I would add is to be able to play a music instrument from a very young age… I do, however, know it might not be too late though, so it is still on my bucket list. But even for us who do not make music or have not sung in bands/choirs for a long time, music still infiltrates our souls and deepest beings.

I am convinced that without music our world and souls would truly be empty… As a Christian, worship music has had a deep influence on my relationship with Christ and I’m sure lots of other Christians will agree. If you haven’t seen the movie “I can only imagine” yet, do yourself a favour: An incredible testimony of what music and one song can do…

So with this I want to dedicate this post to MUSIC and all the amazingly talented musicians and writers current and past! So, if your life has been forever changed by music, please feel free to share your songs and memories on our FB page or in a comment below…

A massive thank you to the following songs, to really mention BUT A FEW, really only a few of the hundreds, for shaping my life in such powerful ways…

Click on the song title to listen to the song.

The Theme song for “Dawie die Kabouter”

A story I watched as a little girl that taught me that small things matter and that it doesn’t matter how small you are or how insignificant you feel, you have a purpose.

Thorn in my side – Eurythmics

This song takes me straight back to the black leather seats of my brother Heinrich’s white 16 Valve VW Golf in the 80s. I have such fond memories of me, my sisters and him just sitting and listening to the loudest music in his car for hours (which had the best sound system at the time of course).

Any old Afrikaans Folk Song like “Vanaand gaan die Volkies”

5 October 2018 marked my parents’ 61st wedding anniversary. They met at Volkspele (Traditional Afrikaans Folk Dances), as shown in this video. Any type of Afrikaans Folk Song always makes me think of the times they grew up in and how they met.

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

The first ever CD I bought together with my first ever CD player. Lots of memories of heart to heart talks with friends laying on our beds dreaming about boys, our futures, ice cream etc!

Sunchyme – Dario G

A bit techno I know! But this song got me and my friends through our matric (final high school) exams in 1997 by dancing the stress out!

I’ll be missing you – Puff Daddy

Another matric song I, on a weekly basis waited to hear on the weekly Top 40 on 5FM to then record it on my double tape deck just to be able to listen to it over and over again… This song featured as the nr.1 on the Top 40 chart a couple of times. Every time I hear it I’m 17 again in Standerton, dancing my heart out, brushing a tear from my cheek, missing people I haven’t even met yet, hair brush in hand.

Angel – Sarah Mc Lachlan

I was supposed to study for an Art History exam while at Varsity, but went to watch City of Angels instead… My oh my… enough said…

I don’t want to wait – Paula Cole

Although most people will remember this as Dawson’s Creek’s theme song, this was also one of our favourite songs to sing while in a little vocal group (Unforgettable) some of us in our dorm sang in. Such memorable Varsity times.

O Magnum Mysterium

This is most probably the choir song that has touched me the most out of hundreds of songs I sung over the years. And believe me, there are many songs close to my heart, especially during the 8 years I was part of the Highveld Children/Youth Choir. This song however has moved me in unexplainable ways… It almost always brings tears to my eyes. This snippet is from the Potchefstroom University Choir which I had the privilege of being a part of in 1998 – 1999.

You’re the voice – John Farnham

I am so fortunate to have 5 siblings, all of us have a love for music. This specific song will always remind me of my sister Louise who might as well be my voice twin, as we sound exactly the same! We absolutely love this song from the 80s and it was definitely one of our favourites while playing Sing Star!

Don’t know why- Norah Jones

I bought this CD in 2002 in England while working as a live-in care worker for the elderly. Her music definitely kept me company and helped so much with my soul searching during a very lonely time!

Now we are free – Gladiator Soundtrack

My walk-in song on our wedding day – 13 December 2008. I chose this song as it is so absolutely beautiful and the movie was such a favourite while at Varsity. This song marks one of my favourite moments and songs of all time as I made one of the best decisions of my life marrying my best friend and soul mate.

No longer slaves – Bethel Music Live

This is most probably one of the most powerful and moving worship songs of all time for me. I remember crying my eyes out the first time I heard this song – especially close to the end where Melissa Helser’s voice seemingly comes from nowhere and just blends in the most beautiful way with her husband Jonathan’s voice. It literally took my breath away with awe. Just a great reminder of God’s love for us and what Jesus Christ has done for us. Such a declaration of freedom and worth in Christ.

Blessed – Hillsong Kids

This song was the turning point for me in regards to the fact that I should change my whole career form marketing and graphic design to working with kids instead. After I heard this song a new journey started in 2005. I soon after quit my job and started studying and pursuing a career as a preschool and special needs teacher.

What about us – P!nk

A song our two boys call “our song”. We try to dance a lot in our home and this is a song all four of us just really enjoy dancing to. The rule is that whoever hears it first on the radio needs to quickly let the rest of us know in order for us all to start dancing! I also love the lyrics and Pink in general.

This is me – From The Greatest Showman

Such an anthem for everyone who don’t fit the “normal” box or who are dealing with a sense of unworthiness. I think in many instances this song verbalises what God would like to remind us of… especially regarding our identity in Him… “And I know that I deserve your love ’cause there’s nothing I’m not worthy of… I am brave, I am bruised, this is who I’m meant to be… This is me…”

You Say – Lauren Daigle

If I think of the latest Christian music, this is definitely one of the top songs on my list. Just such a powerful voice and lyrics and a great reminder of how God feels about us.

Sweet child o’ mine – Guns N’ Roses

On the evening of 31 July 2018 my brother in law Mike tragically passed away in a motor cycle accident. We received the gut wrenching, surreal phone call in the middle of the night, a few hours later. He was 43 years old. It was too soon. In November 2018 my husband Louis, my sister in law, Lilani and my brother in law’s eldest son, Hendrik went to the Guns N’ Roses concert with tickets Mike bought earlier the year. This song will always remind me of Mike who absolutely loved music and whose last tattoo read: If you’re not living on the edge, where are you.

If I ever saw Heaven – Roan Ash

Most probably the contemporary song that impressed me the most in 2018. Also so proud that he is South African! Great song, beautiful lyrics. It will always remind me of 2018.

That’s all for now… till next time… Turn the music of your life up loud!

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”  – E. Y. Harburg

“Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music.” – Nelson Mandela

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