LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

So much is happening in our world that is promoting fear, hate, divide and negative energy.  Let’s not get too preoccupied with those negative feelings and help promote positive thoughts/feelings, compassion and LOVE.  Right now, nothing really matters but love….so eloquently put into words and music by Madonna….

When I was very young
Nothing really mattered to me
But making myself happy
I was the only one

Now that I am grown
Everything’s changed
I’ll never be the same
Because of you

Nothing really matters
Love is all we need
Everything I give you
All comes back to me

Looking at my life
It’s very clear to me
I lived so selfishly
I was the only one

I realize
That nobody wins
Something is ending
And something begins

Nothing really matters
Love is all we need
Everything I give you
All comes back to me

Nothing really matters
Love is all we need
Everything I give you
All comes back to me

Nothing takes the past away
Like the future
Nothing makes the darkness go
Like the light

You’re shelter from the storm
Give me comfort in your arms

Nothing really matters
Love is all we need
Everything I give you
All comes back to me

Nothing really matters
Love is all we need
Everything I give you
All comes back to me

So remember, “nothing makes the darkness go, like the light”.  Allow YOUR light to shine and be a conduit for positive change and positive energy around the world.

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Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE SONG

WORDS – they can hurt, they can kill, they can make your cry, they can make you laugh but most importantly, they can heal.  What people say to you or to others can cause so many conflicting emotions and sometimes not all good emotions.  We must really think carefully about the words we choose before we say them.

I have been involved in so many heated discussions about things I am passionate about – animals, the environment and the LGBTQ community.  I have used harsh words to express my beliefs and those words may have been misconstrued as anger because of the tone in which I used BUT, the words I used for those such passions are words that I mean.

I am sure that I have used unkind words to express how I feel about others but I practice daily to ensure I don’t use words that my cause undue hardship on others.

Do you think about the words you use on a daily basis to express how you feel about others?  Make a conscious effort to really think about what you are about to say about someone or a situation.  Are your words going to be positive, nurturing and supportive or are they going to be cruel, judgemental and negative?

Words can cut right through your heart – think about a song you love and think about the experience you associate that song with.  Is it heartbreak, pain, suffering?  Is it love, a treasured memory – is it uplifting, comforting and empowering?  There have been many lyrics written by some of my favourite artists that have made me feel so many emotions – even put tears in my eyes.  Is it the way the artist(s) sing the song(s) or could it be the subject matter of the lyrics that made me feel whatever it is I felt when I listen to those specific songs.  For me, it depends on the artist.

Take for instance the empowering song called “Fly Again” written by Kristine Weitz and Jessse Houk.  The song is a battle cry to rise from the ashes and soar again.  It is sung by Kristine W and was from the album of the same name.  If you are familiar with the artist, you would know that the story behind the song was Kristine W’s fight with myeloid leukaemia in which she looked death in the face and prevailed.  Powerful, right?

Then there is the song “Tonight” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin from Elton John’s album ‘Blue Moves’.  The song is so emotionally charged and so heartfelt the it pierces your soul.  The original recording was fantastic.  In 1991, George Michael recorded a version for the tribute album to Elton John and Bernie Taupin called, “Two Rooms, Celebrating the Songs of Bernie Taupin & Elton John”.  This version was, in my opinion, much more emotional and actually made me cry upon my first listen – I still get a teary-eyed each time I revisit George Micheal’s version.

In 2002, Cher released a single post 9/11 written by Sigurd Rosnes, Johan Aberg and Michelle Lewis entitled, ‘A Different Kind of Love Song’.  This song really captured the mood of the world after the events of 9/11 – our moods were sober, bleak and depressing and we needed hope.  These writers gave us a silver lining in their words and Cher brought them to life.  Here are the lyrics

“A Different Kind Of Love Song
What if the world was crazy and I was sane
Would it be so strange
I can’t believe that I am alone in saying
The things I’m saying
I am – part of you
These are – universal truths
We’re all – part of the light that flows through everything

This is a different kind of love song
Dedicated to everyone
Different kind of love song, 
This is a different kind of love song
A higher plane we can go on
Different kind of love song

What if the world calmed down and we could all breathe
Together easily
Connecting the sky and the ground with you and me
And everything in between
I am – part of you
We have – living proof
There is – some kind of light that flows through everything

This is a different kind of love song
This is a different kind of love song
A higher plain we can flow on
Different kind of love song

This is a different kind of love song

 A love song
This is a different kind of love song
Dedicated to everyone
Different kind of love song
This is a different kind of love song
A higher plane we can go on
Different kind of love song

This is a different kind of love song
This is a different kind, a different kind
of love song

What do you think?  Share some of the songs that have lifted your spirit and that have comforted you in a time you needed comforting.
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Imagine from the internet – from the music video “Fly Again” by Kristine W.
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Cover image of Elton John’s album, ‘Blue Notes’ featuring the song, “Tonight”
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Images from the internet from top left and right photos, George Michael performing live.  Bottom photo is the cover art to the album, ‘Two Rooms Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin’ featuring Sting, Sinead O’Connor, Kate Bush, Oleta Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and George Michael’s version of “Tonight”.
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Cover image from Cher’s single, “The Music’s No Good Without You/A Different Kind of Love Song” from the album ‘Living Proof’
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Together, we can make the world a more positive one.