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Imagine. Tuesday February 25, 2014

One Moodscope member often quotes John Lennon and other Beatles' lyrics and today I heard Lennon's 'Imagine' on the radio. I thought of the Moodscope person (and wondered how you were) and the lyrics.

He sings that if there were no countries there would be no wars. Now whether that would happen I don't know. Who does, but what an interesting thought. He also says imagine if there was no religion too.

War and fanatical religion go hand in hand sadly. Religion is used as an excuse for war. (How on earth did that happen??)

I love everything about this song, the words, the meanings, the guitar, his voice and the way he sings it.

I spent a very happy few minutes listening to it this morning.

I almost felt empowered and liberated from everything that controls me.

I know other songs can do this for me, not many hold this position but a few do.

Words are so important and if expressed skilfully as Lennon and others do (I am sure you can name some more), they can break isolation and sadness, if only for a short while.

I felt calm and myself, almost cheerful.

I love language and its power to liberate our feelings and insecurities and I know for many of you, your mother tongue is not English, so today maybe some of you would like to tell us what are your favourite words, sayings, songs, lyrics, etc etc. In any language; we can use Google translate.

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Dorit Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 8:43am

Al Stewart has a few good ones, especially if he's not loosing himself into history...: Genie on the Tabletop, Feel like, Don't forget me - to name but a few.
Zvonkie szestya (sorry about the spelling...) by Karel Gott and Darinka if you prefer something soppy
and then my all-time favourite: Herbert Groenemeyer - a song for almost every mood I have. He even got some of his early (better) songs translated into English.
And lately the East German "Die Prinzen": Wir halten duch - which very aptly translates as "we won't give up".
Ah, Youtube... Where would I be now had I spent all those horrible nights and days anywhere else...

The Entertrainer Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 8:50am

"Imagination" - the great blueprint for a new architecture. What shall we design today, I wonder?
An inspirational speaker friend of mine has a lovely phrase which I have unashamedly pinched and adapted: "Lend me your imagination for a spell..."
Imagination can work magic, or if you prefer, miracles. But magic can spell good things and bad things. For this reason, I thank you Julia for reminding me today to turn the magic of my imagination to good. I am my own worst enemy but I am also my own best friend.
To add to the issues of war and religion, I remember a wonderful quote from the explorer Thor Heyerdahl, "Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people."
Today, I may just challenge some of the borders I have set in the country of my own mind...

Julia Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 9:07am

"We wont give up" Those wonderful heroes of Ukraine. Their lives are lost but they have really changed their country for good. How many people can say that? Such a tragedy that people have to die to produce change.
Al Stewart. The year of the cat? I like him. Didn't he convert to Islam and become Mohammed something? Apologies to muslims for forgetting his new name. It's escaped my mind.I can google him.
I am glad you gave me the opportunity to mention Ukraine, Dorit. I wrote the blog before Ukraine happened and seeing my words about war (which admittedly Ukraine wasn't) reminded me and made me wish I had mentioned the country. I know Moodscope isn't a political forum but we can remember the dead heroes of Ukraine for a second before we continue to think about our own problems.

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 9:11am

Music - it's so evocative. It's beat affects our heartbeat and affects our mood.

"Nimrod" by Elgar conjures up images of sunny, idyllic summer days. The reflective words of "In My Life" by the Beatles leads me to think back and take comfort from John Lennon's sincerity as he sings the lyrics. Prince Buster singing "Enjoy Yourself" is an immediate shot of adrenaline, causing me to dance around the room.

We're all on this site because we experience depression - music can be a great antidote. I could go on to literature too but I don't want to bang on...

I agree Dorit, YouTube, it's a great facility to explore and lighten one's mood when the black dog's on my shoulder.

curious212000 Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 9:28am

These Mood scope user blog comments are very good and become unmissable in my daily routine

curious212000 Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 9:34am

I now use an I pad and a novice with it and missed adding to comment, that my favourite Beatles line at the moment is : When I will be 64 will I be lonely as this is my age

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 10:06am

I am 64; don't believe it!

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 10:50am

I've always found solace in good lyrics. Passion Pit have some amazing lyrics - it's music I really identify with; the music itself is incredibly happy and uplifting, but all the lyrics are about the vocalist's struggles with depression and are often very sad. I adore the juxtaposition. Some of my favourite lines include: "And I shout, and I scream and I beg and I cry just to prove I'm alive. But it's alright, 'cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life, make light" and "Baby don't be unhappy, baby don't be sad, better things are coming, I swear there's truth in that." Also, Blur seem to have a song for every mood I'm in - Blue Jeans being a particular favourite.

Julia Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 11:08am

Yes I like juxtapositions too. I have just thought of another song I like, the words. Believe it or not but it's a song by Melanie C called How did you Fall? The person in the song is giving money to a beggar and she did you fall? In my melodramatic moments I think yes how did I fall? It brings a few tears to my eyes and I know how I fell, when and where. But I have picked myself up and while I wouldn't say I have started all over again, I haven't.. but I have continued and survived.

julia Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 11:12am
The music is good too. I was wrong the title is difereent. Obviously I latched onto the that one phrase, how did you fall and thought the whole song was called that.

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 1:48pm

One of my favourites is a song by the British group, The Feeling, about the fact that you shouldn´t let what other people think or say about you get you down. The lyrics go, "Everyone knows we´re strange, so why do you feel ashamed? Everyone knows we´re different, so why do you feel ashamed? We love you all the same." Later in the song it says, "Cos if you feel it, and if you mean it, don't apologise. And you'll be just fine. All they ever need is what you give them, they only put you down if you give them permission".

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 2:38pm

Up On The Roof by The Drifters... We all need a place where we can gain the following respite.....

When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me
Let me tell you now
When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let's go up on the roof (up on the roof)

Peter Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 4:36pm

Thanks for this helpful and thoughtful post. I really like 'Time Goes By' by The Mavericks and Willie Nelson. 'There were good times/And there were bad times/And some times that I just can't recall/Through it all, you rise and fall/Time goes by/....Stars get crossed/Sometimes dreams get lost/Time goes by

Julia Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 5:23pm

Yes Lex. Borders of the mind. Good one. We are so constrained by imagined borders at which there are manned check points.I agree Lex that a vivid imagination can sometimes be our downfall but if turned around and put to good use, we can use it to dream away and to imagine as John Lennon did a peaceful world both outside and inside our minds. .

Julia Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 5:36pm

My mother used to sing As Time goes By but I am sure this is a different song altogether. I like " your" lyrics Peter.

Julia Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 5:37pm

It is clear to me from reading all your comments that music brings out the best in people.

Ellinida Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 6:21pm

I have a favourite saying that I saw spray painted in Corfu a few years ago: ??? ????? ?? ???????? ??? ????????? ?????. It means "I cannot wait for better days" and to me this means that I need to go and do something to make my days better, not just wait for it to happen - it's in my power.

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 7:10pm

Bon Jovi "Living on a prayer"
"Oh we're half-way there, oh, living on a prayer, take my hand, we'll make it I swear, oh living on a prayer" - sung at the tops of our voices in the car with my younger daughter; hard to feel miserable then!

Also Enya "Only if" was hugely important to me a while back when in therapy
with its messages of better times being around the corner - "head for the sky" - it is always there even if we can't see it; also as Ellinida (Iovely name!) says, it's in my power and I need to do something to make my days better
"Only if you want to, will you find a way"
Thank-you Julia for this timely reminder - I have just spent a lovely time looking through my music - untouched for a while now; (by the way I replied to you Feb 18th "Breaking down my emotions") Frankie xx

Elizabeth Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 8:48pm

I have had a favourite band since years. Don't ask me which song, I love them all.

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 9:07pm

It was Cat Stevens who converted his religion and became known as Yusaf Islam .For a song with meaning The Beatles "Let It Be"

Julia Wed, Feb 26th 2014 @ 7:40am

It's nice to see Greek writing Ellinda and I like "I cannot wait for better days" I will remember this.Thank you.

Julia Wed, Feb 26th 2014 @ 7:42am

Ah thank you for this. Who sang The Year of the Cat then?

Julia Wed, Feb 26th 2014 @ 7:43am

Good to hear from you Elizabeth. I will watch the youtube clip. x

Mary Wed, Feb 26th 2014 @ 12:03pm

Yes, Al Stewart sang Year of the Cat. Cat Stevens did Morning has Broken. I love the album Year of the Cat and always keep meaning to find more of his stuff. The only other thing I have of his is the 12" (ooh, that dates me!) King of Portugal which I think refers to the history thing that Dorit mentions....

Julia Thu, Feb 27th 2014 @ 7:46am

Thanks Mary! Very confusing with all the cats. I don't know The King of Portugal but may recognise the tune.Memories eh.

Anonymous Thu, Feb 27th 2014 @ 6:46pm

Am temporarily deaf, from apres cold congestion...however if I put ear-phones on
loud, the music as if a cascade of multi-colored gemstones have fallen from Heaven...
Music can be so nourishing .

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