I have favorite songs that I sing many times each day, such as: "Exactly" by Amy Steinberg, "In This Circle" by Anne-Louise Sterry, and "Peace Like a River" by Elizabeth Mitchell. Spontaneous songs join the repertoire, such as "This Little Light of Mine", "We Are Family", "People Who Need People", and "Jingle Bell Rock", along with anything by Barbra Streisand or the artists mentioned above. We also find music at our local library that helps us increase our musical possibilities.
When song fills our home, the happiness and health and joy are palpable. Recently sitting with my parents, I noticed my energy level was dropping and spontaneously sang a song to fill silence; their reaction, which I found hilarious, was to sit in silence and stare at each other like their daughter was going completely bonkers. My children and I now call my parents and other loved ones and fill their answering machines with song. We make up new verses to songs, such as "I have peace like a potato" or "I have poop like a pomegranate." (Anything with the word poop in it is a favorite around here.) My partner occasionally will sing Amy Steinberg's Exactly at double pace to tease me about my constant singing, and his impersonation warms my heart and makes me smile. I cherish this family who share their songs with me. I cherish the power of song.
What are some of your favorite songs to sing? Where do you sing them?
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