Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day Seventy - Seven

Today would have been my brother Will's thirty-fifth birthday. I hope that they are bringing down the house in Heaven. Love you, bro.

Thinking about him brings me back to my childhood and one of my favorite songs WAY back then was "Sing" by the Carpenters. (It was used on Sesame Street and has a great kid's chorus!)I had it on both a 45 and a long-playing record. I heard it again this evening for the first time in years. I was singing along, as I have already admitted that I do, and all the words rolled off my tongue as if I was still six and singing on my driveway imagining that a limousine was going to pull up and whisk me away to the life for which I was destined. Playing Annie on Broadway, of course. Funny thing. They did not find me at the end of my horseshoe shaped road in a rural subdivision on the outskirts of Austin. They managed to find Sarah Jessica, however. Go figure!

So back to "Sing" which I was doing. Likely out of tune, but let's ignore that. Back to the words.

Sing. Sing a Song.
Sing out loud.
Sing out strong.

Make it simple
To last your whole life long.
Don't worry that it's not good enough
For anyone else to hear.
Sing. Sing a Song.

Really good words (even if set in a very cheesy 70s major chord chorus, verse, chorus set-up). So whether it's writing a blog, writing a novel, or actually singing a song... don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing or write. As Nike said so many years ago ... just do it.

6 comments:

Frau said...

Good advice! I'm sure your brother is looking down from heaven with a big smile at his sis!Have a wonderful weekend.

Tammy Howard said...

It is impossible to not sing along to that song. (or to anything by The Carpenter's, but that's another story. Did I ever tell you the first song the hubs and I danced to at our wedding was "For All We Know"? It was a cover with a raging guitar solo in the middle. Still, though...)

kys said...

Love the Carpenters. Great song. Reminds me of my childhood, too.

Unknown Mami said...

Live out loud!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Great song! It's one of my kids favorites - they play it on Sesame Street and my two sing it as loud as they can every time. It's just such a happy song with a wonderfully positive message.

mama-face said...

Excellent post. The song will be in my head all day...thus I will have its happy thoughts in my mind. That's a good thing!

I always daydreamed of Donny Osmond discovering me playing the piano. Which makes absolutely no sense on so many levels!

I hope they are bringing down the house in heaven for your brother as well. What a wonderful thing to say!