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MUSIC FOR THE MIND

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The other day I almost got through an entire yoga class without crying…. Almost.  Then I heard the most unbelievable song and it moved me to tears.

The melody was beautiful and the words were powerful enough that I haven’t been able to get them out of my mind.   As soon as class was over I googled the song and read the lyrics.  Twice.  The next step was downloading it onto my laptop and then adding it to my current playlist.  It’s been repeating on a continual loop ever since.

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I’m always a little behind on hearing new tunes, (seeing as though my children have overruled me in the choosing a radio station category)…. Which is probably why I had never heard of the song before now.  It’s called, “Human” by Christina Perri.  Do you know it?

HERE ARE THE LYRICS:

“HUMAN”

I can hold my breath

I can bite my tongue

I can stay away for days

If that’s what you want

Be your number one

I can fake a smile

I can force a laugh

I can dance and play the part

If that’s what you ask

Give you all I am

I can do it

I can do it

I can do it

But I’m only human

And I bleed when I fall down

I’m only human

And I crash and I break down

Your words in my head, knives in my heart

You build me up and then I fall apart

‘Cause I’m only human

I can turn it on

Be a good machine

I can hold the weight of worlds

If that’s what you need

Be your everything

I can do it

I can do it

I’ll get through it

But I’m only human

And I bleed when I fall down

I’m only human

And I crash and I break down

Your words in my head, knives in my heart

You build me up and then I fall apart

‘Cause I’m only human

I’m only human

I’m only human

Just a little human

I can take so much

‘Til I’ve had enough

‘Cause I’m only human

And I bleed when I fall down

I’m only human

And I crash and I break down

Your words in my head, knives in my heart

You build me up and then I fall apart

‘Cause I’m only human.

WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN?

I’m sure everyone sings along to songs that we hear on the radio…. But does everyone always pay attention to the actual words and their meanings?  I can tell you that most of the time I have no idea what the hell I’m singing about.  When I heard “Human” in yoga class and really listened to the words, it made me think.  The tears weren’t because I was sad;  The tears that welled up in my eyes were just a physical reaction to a visceral feeling I got when I paid attention to the lyrics in conjunction with t
he beautiful melody.

I’m sure the yoga has a lot to do with it, but it felt like the music was for my mind and it sung to me in my core!  I think it’s truly amazing when music can have an impact like that on a person.

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It was nice to be reminded that we’re all only human.  We’re all just trying to do the best we can.  We shouldn’t ask for more than that.

 If you haven’t heard the song, click here.  I really hope you like it too.

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW… Sometimes, my unpolishedness rubs off on my kids and that’s when I know they’ve inherited the pipsqueak version of the same gritty genes that I have!  Silly grittiness is fine, but occasionally when I don’t like what I see I try to nip it in the bud and polish them up a bit.

Today when they get home from school, maybe instead of letting them listen to the hit song “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo that has taken over my iTunes account,  I should play “Human” for them.  I highly doubt they will be as moved as me, but it’s a step in the right direction!

I suppose it’s the unpolishedness in me that ends up encouraging them to sing and dance around the house in their boxer shorts while they blast “Talk Dirty” on the iPads I’m gonna cut myself a break though because sometimes “I crash and break down……  I’m only human!” 

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