Last night I lay in bed listening to some of my favourite beats when I came across Celine Dion’s 1997 number 1 hit song “My Heart Will Go On”. I have to admit I was surprised I still had this song on my iTunes playlist. After about the thousandth time I had heard it on the radio I swore I was never going to have it on my iPod ever again. There was only so much “Near, far, wherever you are”…. I could listen to! Before I became too tempted to impersonate Ms Rose DeWitt Bukater (we all know the scene…”Jack, Jack….I’ll never let go Jack”) I quickly turned off my iPod and put it away.
I wasn’t going to be that lucky today. While cleaning the house I finally found the remote to the stereo and turned on the radio – and there she was. Mrs Dion, spewing her Titanic ballad from my stereo speakers. I couldn’t help but shake my head. Aha – maybe this is Karma, but am I the only person who is tired of hearing this tune? It used to give me tingles down my spine when she hit those high notes, now I just cringe and look for something to throw at the stereo. At this point in time, Ray Barone has nothing on me!
Its not just “My Heart Will Go On”, 1997 was the year that heart wrenching sad songs made the top 40 music charts. Remember Robbie Williams hit song “Angels”? I loved that song! Thanks to radio stations and shopping malls across the country I would be more than happy if I never heard it again. What about when Elton John performed “Candle in The Wind” at Princess Diana’s funeral… Spring and Summer of 1997 was a time of emotional ballads and as the years have rolled by those tunes seem to reappear like ghosts of the past.
While some of us (me) want to run from the room whenever I hear these ballads, there are some people out there who still enjoy embracing them. Even now, twenty years on, classics from the late 90’s can still be heard playing in reception centres across Australia. Thankfully though we have some new hits that have recently filtered into marquees and dinning halls. Recent tunes such as “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars, and “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake (which is one of my fav’s at the moment) have taken precedence on lovers dance floors. Its even great to see upbeat songs such as “The Fighter” by Keith Urban getting everyone up for a dance.
Most of us tend to choose a song for a special event in our lives because we feel a connection. As listeners, we can identify with the emotions and words the artist is portraying. Some songs have a significant meaning. When I first met my partner, he was always playing music by a group called Cowboy Junkies. When I was recently at the local Cinema watching the romantic movie “The Best of Me”, there was a beautiful moment when two of the main actors were dancing to one of the songs – Sweet Jane. I couldn’t help but have a chuckle. I should have been concentrating on the movie, but I couldn’t help but slip back in time, even for a quick sweet moment.
My parents have been married for about 36 years (Yikes…35, 36, maybe it was 37?) and they still sing the 1953 Doris Day song “By The Light of The Silvery Moon” together. In fact my dad takes great pleasure in singing the last low notes by himself. Since I was a young girl, listening to my parents sing this song together has always been a lovely moment. When I have asked my parents over the years about the ballad, my dad has always told me he has always enjoyed listening to Doris Day. Whenever my dad says that, he always looks at my mum with a devilish sparkle in his eye. I have never asked for more information 😉
I think when it comes to choosing songs for a special event such as a wedding, or even an anniversary, choosing romantic ballads can be fun. You both can enjoy choosing songs that portray the feelings you have for one another. Its a beautiful experience when the lights dim and it is just the both of you, swaying in each others arms and singing the words that encapsulate your feelings for one another.
Most of us have heard a song that tugs at our hearts and takes us back to a time and place in our lives. Have you listened to a song with a loved one and it has embraced that special moment in time? Has that song became your song? When you hear it does it take you back to that event? Does it still bring a cheeky smile to your face? Whether its a heart felt tune by Celine Dion, or something more country like Keith Urban, or maybe something with a bit more pop like Maroon 5 – whatever your song is, I hope you still listen to it today. Perhaps you both get that little sparkle in your eyes when you hear it. No matter the song, its whatever makes you feel good. A song that represents the both of you is just that – your song.
Leave a comment below and let me know the name or artist of your favourite, special song.
x x x