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Strongly Anthemic. Wednesday August 16, 2017

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Ellie hears her husband's feet on the stairs. He has come in from work, scooped up the cat and gone straight to shower and shave before he even greets her with a kiss. He wants to wash his job away before he comes to her. He wants to greet her as the man he is, instead of the man he has to be at work.

But he is happy: he is singing. Tonight, from The Mikado. "Defer, defer to the Lord High Executioner," he sings to the ragged-eared bundle in his arms. Ellie doesn't think Mundungus defers to anyone. He is a cat and thinks everyone should defer to him.

It's not always Gilbert and Sullivan. Sometimes Jeremy sings songs from the musicals, sometimes rousing hymns, but always something with a strong tune; something he can get his fine baritone behind.

When he is unhappy, he is silent, and then Ellie is unhappy too, because a happy marriage is only as happy as the unhappiest partner.

You won't meet Jeremy and Ellie in real life: they are characters in one of my novels, but Jeremy's habit of singing when he is happy comes from a school friend of my daughter. Peter changed schools in his fourth year. His mother said that she had not realised how miserable he had been until he began to sing again. She had not realised that his music had stopped.

If we sing when we are happy, then can we make ourselves happy by singing?

At a recent meeting of my bi-polar support group, we discussed ways of coping, of lifting our spirits when depressed. Singing came up several times. I like the discipline of church choral music, my neighbour likes singing with the rock choir. The leader of our group likes singing along to eighties pop music.

At the funeral of my favourite aunt last week, we sang to music supplied by guitars and drums. The hymns, although traditional, were played in a way that made your feet tap and your body sway and, if you are of the Pentecostal tradition, wave your hands in the air. (I am an Anglican: my hands stayed firmly anchored to the service sheet!) Afterwards, my cousin asked me if I had enjoyed the hymns.

"Very much," I replied.

"We thought we'd like some hymns that, even if you couldn't sing, you could shout along," she said. "Mum couldn't sing a note, but she did rather like to shout!"

That funeral was not sad, but a joyous celebration of a life well lived.

Singing doesn't work for me when I am sunk into the deepest depression, swallowed whole by the dirty grey Leviathan, but it does cheer me up when I am feeling glum. Even if I start with something gentle, like Abide with Me, I can gradually work up to Vivaldi's Gloria. And sometimes, my latest rock favourite, Whatever it Takes, by Imagine Dragons.

So, what do you sing along to, when you do?

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Molly Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 3:20am

My next door neighbour (terraced house with just a wall between us) is 84 years old, on her own, very poor, such a lovely lady. She often sings in the garden and I love it. She struggles with walking but she is always out and about with her walking frame. My thoughts have always been that she is so happy with her life even though she must get lonely. How admirable and I thought "I would love to be like her when I reach that age, she is so happy". We have always been there to help her out with practical things but then just today, we had a chat and she told me that she suffers with depression and always has done and I was really surprised. The lovely lady that sings in her garden and brings us a smile, is not as happy as we thought she was. Dear Mary, your post just happened to come along on the same day. Once I recorded me and my husband singing to an Abba song, when we were being silly, and I thought I sounded ok! I am practising so I can sing in the garden and return the pleasure back to my neighbour (good job she is deaf) :-) xx

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:56am

What a lovely neighbour, Molly - and what a great ambition. You have inspired me to go and sing on the beach today!

Ach UK Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 6:23am

Hi Mary, Goodness me, once I started thinking about songs I got an avalanche of song and music . . and like your fictional character I used to scoop up my cat and sing with him, though he was not fond of loud pop and rock lol
And different music for different moods. Sometimes the same piece I cannot listen to as it feels unbearably sad or uncomfortable can instead act as a release for tears and tension, leaving me feeling calmer.
In no particular order: Bach's St Matthew Passion, Double Violin Concerto, Handel Zadoc the Priest, The Messiah, Benjamin Britten Ceremony of Carols, ABBA I have a Dream, Lindesfarne January Song , Nina Simone I want a little sugar in my Bowl,Beatles Blackbird and Edith Piaf Non Je ne regret rien.
Gosh, wonder what others will come up with.
Thanks Mary, that was fun.

Ach UK Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 6:35am

And thank you Mary for the Pirate King. G and S such fun and not about so much these days.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:00am

Oh yes, Zadoc the Priest! And - I love me a bit of the Pirate king! I have just bought the CD of Dvorak's 9th by the Chineke Orchestra. They really do it justice; especially all those drumrolls at the end. Not singalongable to, but uplifting all the same!

Orangeblossom Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 7:36am

Hi Mary thanks for the blog which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. As I don't sing, I sometimes put on some worship music to listen to. Or perhaps the music from my favourite film, like Lara's song from Dr. Zvigago or the Lord of The Rings. My daughter sings and one of my maternal aunt's.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:03am

My husband listens to worship music too, and military brass band music. I love the psalm God is My Strength and Refuge, set to the tune of the dam-busters. Pirates of the Caribbean is my favourite film music (Pirates on the brain - it must be because I am by the sea for August). But I also like Harry Potter.

Orangeblossom Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 7:44am

I am sorry about the loss of your favourite aunt but am happy to read that you could attend her funeral to celebrate her life. She sounds like my uncle, a chap who lived life to the full and was loving & positive. I rejoice that we have people like that in our lives.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:08am

Oh, the stories I could tell about my aunt! She set up a school in Uganda and did youth work in her town. She used to go to the rec where the kids used the gather with her crochet. The kids would be curious, gather round this little old lady and she'd teach them. She would pray for each one of them every day. In the time her team was working, the police said that youth crime had decreased by 75%. She left an amazing legacy of love to her family and to everyone who knew her!

Nikki Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:17am

Morning Mary
I never post or comment, but LOVED this post today.
Music and belting out a tune (whether IN tune or not!) really is my one true love in life.
I have 2 big dogs who get me out of the house for at least 2 Hrs a day, and I walk all over the fields singing (and dancing!) and generally letting loose. Sometimes it's the Les Mis soundtrack (Do you hear the people sing?) sometimes an old classic 'Feeling Good', or sometimes a upto date sweary grime artist 'Tshirt weather in the Manor by Kano. I have playlists based on mood, but have more recently realised that I can alter my mood by the music that I play!
So instead of drowning in The Smiths, as I always have done, I put on the opposite (sometimes)
My singing is LOUD, and as my kids point out, I don't always know the real words, but I give it a go.
Over the fields is my fav place to sing, uninterrupted, in the open, with just the birds, bees and trees to listen.....Tho I have been 'caught' twice. Once singing and dancing to dizzee rascals 'bonkers', and another time to Queens 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Good Post, Mary! Off to wash up. Fancy a bit of 80's this morning I think :)

Lacey Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:22am

Hi Nikki Well done you for blogging for the first time! I now have a vision of you and your dogs tramping across fields in all weathers singing and dancing!! Reminds me of that phrase' dance like no one is watching' Have fun boogieing to the 80's this morning!! ;-)

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:13am

Thank you so much for commenting today, Nikki - I feel honoured. I would love a big dog to take on walks (but hubby is allergic - even to non-allergic dogs) as I love walking and always feel a bit self conscious about doing it by myself! And now I shall imagine you capering across the fields... "I see a little silhouetto of a man. Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?" Thank you, Nikki - you have made me smile today.

Lacey Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:18am

Good morning Mary
This post is very apt as yesterday I went to a local community centre to enquire about volunteering work as I now feel much better.
On the notice board was an invitation to karaoke on Mondays from 1-4pm. That brought all sorts of images to my mind-not of me singing and enjoying the experience but of the other people that might go on a regular basis. My fun would be in listening to others sing; the thought of folk having fun really cheers me up
So,I think I might go next week and see who gets up and, the best bit, what songs come up that people like to listen and/or sing to. We'll meet again and other wartime tunes are very rousing and patriotic and give me goose bumps.
For me,not a choir or music group attendee, I love to sing along to Radio 2 which I have on from breakfast til dinnertime.
Maybe I should join a rock choir or maybe I need to sing at next weeks karaoke event.....!

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:16am

Let us know how you get on at karaoke! I remember my husband and I singing "Paradise by the dashboard light" from the album Bat Out Of Hell. One karaoke night in Holland.... I don't think we did it well, but it was fun.

Sally Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:18am

Hi Mary, what a lovely blog! Music is fabulous for stirring the spirits, but when I am down and fairly catatonic I cannot appreciate it. During the going up period, however, it is a life saver!
My list would include among countless others:
Philadelphia, sung by Mark Knopfler and James Taylor
Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, e.g. Arias
Chopin Ballade ( from The Pianist film) and the Nocturne, very haunting and evocative
Sounds of Silence, by Simon and Garfunkel
I Will Walk Five Hundred Miles, by the Proclaimers, good beat!
Memories, from Cats the Musical
Zadoc The Priest, Handel, like Ach UK
And anything with a good tune!

Mary, I would love to read your book: is it out yet in all good bookshops, as the saying goes!? The plot sounds just my sort of thing...
Thank you. Great, trigger- blog!

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:22am

Hello Sally, oh yes - the Proclaimers - thats a great one. And for some reason that makes me think of They Might Be Giants and the little birdbox in his brain.... As for my books, I am half way through the third one at the moment and will publish all three at the same time, as they are a series and I always hate having to wait for the next book. I'll let you know as soon as I do! I think... about Christmas - but don't hold me to it. Life very often gets in the way of the writing!

Lacey Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:29am

I have a soft spot for Van Morrison and adore all of Queens work
The first single I ever bought was My Boy Lollipop by Millie (still love that,lots of memories,think I was 10 years old)
Classic track Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum
Must go now,busy day ahead!!

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:23am

Oh yes, love all those! My Boy Lollipop might be my earworm for today!

Salt Water Mum Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:39am

I love singing along in the car to songs - my children are not impressed with my voice so I have more freedom when driving alone !! I could sing loudly along to Cyndi Lauper all day ... and many of those mentioned - Abba Queen, Van the man, U2, The Beatles, Madonna and yes... my darling Elvis...

This quote really moved me Mary - 'a happy marriage is only as happy as the unhappiest partner' - I hadn't heard it before...


Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:26am

Ah yes, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - I adore that one! Er, the quote... you won't have heard it before because - it's mine.... well, I mean I wrote it just yesterday - but it's true, isn't it!

Hopeful One Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 8:40am

Hi Mary- such a well written blog as we have come to expect from the Maestro.I would rank singing at par with laughter which ,as every Moodscoper knows ,I push as something that will always lift the mood. If I cannot get hold of a laugh I will burst forth in song usually warning any audience ,if any , that is what I intend to do. That usually gets them to join in especially if I give them the words of the chorus.

So having sung 'Michelle' by the Beatles to the one I love this morning here is the laugh for the rest of you.

A woman and a baby came to see the doctor as the baby was not thriving.The doctor arrived, examined the baby, checked his weight and and agreed it was underweight.. The doctor asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.
“Breast-fed,” the woman replied.
“Well, could you please strip down to your waist,” the doctor asked. She did.
He gently kneaded, rolled and cupped both breasts as part of his examination. Motioning for her to get dressed and said, “No wonder this baby is underweight! You don’t have any milk.”
“I know,” she said, “I’m his grandmother, but I’m glad I came.”

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:27am

Giggle. Love that One!

Another Sally Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:29am

Thanks HO, that gave us a smile too. It's good to have you back, I missed the jokes.

Another Sally Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:28am

Thank you Mary for making us laugh this morning. I mentioned to Fred about the singing of God is my refuge to the tune of the Dambusters and our friend, who stayed over last night, suggested we look it up on you tube.
We sang all three verses together, laughing as a new verse came up on the screen and at Fred's out of tune contribution.
I love listening to Einaudi's 'Night', which I find sad and uplifting at the same time and have just discovered Hans Zimmer's 'You're so Cool', which is played on marimbas, a lovely bright tune.
We are taking a holiday with our friend in early September. She is always good for a laugh.
Thanks for making me smile.
Another Sally x

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 12:17pm

Bless you, Another Sally. I was thinking of you this morning and it is lovely to see your comment here. I am so glad you enjoyed the Dam Busters!

Geoff Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 11:29am

DEar Mary, As I sing such a lot, it's hard for me to pick out just one type of song that makes me happy. Throughout my depression and anxiety woes, I've always been able to sing and entertain others. I feel really blessed to have been given this gift. At the moment, I keep finding myself bursting into a song that I've only recently started to learn. It's a 60's hit called My Love For You, by Johnny Mathis. It brings a smile to my face every time I successfully hold a long note mid-song.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 12:19pm

I would love to hear it Geoff. Why not record it into SoundCloud (as I do my blogs) and share it here. I'd love to listen to you. I'm sure lots of us would. Great to have your comment; thank you.

Poppy Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 12:14pm

My current round with the Black Dog has lasted since 2009 (I have penned a blog about this, waiting for the courage to submit it). Part of this bout has included migraines. I can hardly stand the sound of normal conversation much less any music. So my life has been devoid of this and many other audible experiences —tv, movies, dinner at restaurants, large gatherings.

I enjoy so many genres of music including classical, heavy metal, traditional African, Irish, and Native American, American folk music, and Gospel hymns. I have left instructions for many family to have no funeral for me upon my death, but a Hymn Sing. A Hymn Sing is a Southern tradition at which community church choirs gather and sing together. The host takes requests from the participants, and then the gathered participants verily raise the roof with joy and adulation. With a mixture of charasmatic traditions, those choirs that are bodily expressive, and more tight-laced formal types, the event Is a "mountaintop experience" as our choir director used to say.

I haven't listened to the radio in years—until recently. I got a new car with satellite radio, and started exploring. I particularly like the BBC, but the '70s and '80s stations are also favorites. Sometimes I get a rush. What is that rush, anyway? Adrenaline? Dopamine? Takes me back to the days of sitting in my bedroom in my beanbag chair as a teen, belting out the tenor verses along with Steve Perry, Sammy Hagar, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, David Lee Roth...

My earworm for today is promising to be "I see a little silhouetto of a man. Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?" (I don't hear entire songs, only repeats of the same phrase, over and over).

Thank you for a poignant blog today, very well written! I, too, would love to read your books, I, too, aspire to write for publication, but lack the courage. You've stirred something in me today.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 12:25pm

Ah, Poppy - I shall pray for you today. I love the sound of your "no funeral" Hymn Sing. What a wonderful idea. I too get migraines so understand. In fact, I am thinking of writing a blog on them. I will do now. So you have inspired me. Mutual inspiration. I find with my writing, that it takes a little time to really get into it (30 - 50 minutes), but once I am in the zone I get really caught up with my characters. I also find it best to know what's coming next, so I plot first. Of course my characters change it, as they always have minds of their own, but that's part of the fun. Go with it, Poppy!

The Gardener Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 12:06pm

I like Poppy's 'earworm'. Is there ANYTHING worse than a snatch of music - trying to annihilate it with other things is almost impossible. You sing a snatch to someone - then they are caught - opera? Requiem? Rice and Lloyd Webber? English or French? Dead singer recorded, or live singer re-hashing old favourites. Mary W on writing - my '800 worders' germ of an idea, took root, mowed the front lawn, wrote it in my head, then indoors and wrote it down, usually to the exact word. Alan Coren, my hero, said he was an '800 word man'.

The Gardener Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 12:32pm

Thanks Mary - I love music, have sung in several choirs, but never to myself. I am desperately looking for a therapy which will make me 'rise over' Mr G's non-stop moaning and possessiveness. He admits he is miserable, has no will (and there IS some will left) to do anything about it - and has every intention of taking me with him. Got him to respite, chaotically, through the market - one of the regular 'carers' says he gets worse and worse, treats everybody as a servant - tyrannical is the kindest word used of my husband. At my mother's funeral (2 months off 100) she had expressed no preference - so I chose favourite hymns - eldest grand-son filled the church with laughter as he talked to the coffin as if Granny was still living with them. A great-grand-son had written a poem, but in floods of tears, so his mother read it. Mummy was born in Dublin, only because her army cook father was working there - so another great-grandson read an Irish poem. Youngest grand-daughter read my favourite St Paul to the corinthians. I and the five grand-children threw roses (from the garden, of course) on to the coffin, then we went back to the farm for lunch. Our doctor sent me an e-mail 'what a lovely funeral'. He said it might not be the 'mot juste' but you could not regret the passing of a lady for whom the last 5 years had been pretty awful. I am said to have a brilliant memory, but cannot remember music, song lyrics or dance steps - perhaps it's time to try.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 7:38pm

Hello Gardener. It was you of whom I was thinking when I wrote this; or rather of the lady you knew who loved a good singalong in church. I hope the music you recall will, at least temporarily, drown out the querulous demands of Mr G.

Becky Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 1:57pm

I gave it a go Mary. I thought I might just manage Abide With Me today so I sang along to YouTube. As you say, it's not going to turn my 17% day into a 75% (my favourite score) but it did definitely help. Maybe I should get on with that choir practice I've been avoiding... Thank you.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 7:41pm

It's a long trek from 17 to 75. I'm holding your hand in understanding solidarity. One day at a time. Maybe one hour or one minute at a time. In the meantime, Amazing Grace, Make Me a Channel of thy Peace, The Church's One Foundation, Come Down Oh Love Divine.... They all help. Hugs and blessings to you.

Becky Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 1:58pm

I gave it a go Mary. I thought I might just manage Abide With Me today so I sang along to YouTube. As you say, it's not going to turn my 17% day into a 75% (my favourite score) but it did definitely help. Maybe I should get on with that choir practice I've been avoiding... Thank you.

Brum Mum Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 5:46pm

Hi Mary I have been having a bit of a rotten time at present as I sink into an episode of illness after so many months of stability. My one moment of enjoyment was singing along to the songs of Annie with my daughter this afternoon. It's amazing how much joy music can bring.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 7:43pm

Sending a hug to you. And - "Tomorrow, tomorrow - I love you tomorrow...." another great song!

Brum Mum Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 5:46pm

Hi Mary I have been having a bit of a rotten time at present as I sink into an episode of illness after so many months of stability. My one moment of enjoyment was singing along to the songs of Annie with my daughter this afternoon. It's amazing how much joy music can bring.

Bearofliddlebrain Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 6:35pm

Dear Brum Mum, So sorry you're feeling low and having a rotten time. Thinking of you singing with your daughter, to Annie....try the ABBA music from Mamma Mia and if you can get a copy of the film. It's daft, it's full of wonderful tunes and has a feel-good factor which often lifts me up! Joyful and funny - a great combination. Hope the low doesn't last for too much longer. Bear hugs x

Tutti Frutti Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 10:50pm

Dear Brum Mum Just to send love and hugs really but also to say that I put a comment on a blog last week for you (the get a life one) thanking you for some helpful responses you gave me earlier in the year when I was upset about stuff going on at work. I am not sure if you saw it. Lots of love and hugs TF xoxo

The Gardener Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:31pm

Bear, that film is definitely Naff - one wonders how the 'big' names leant themselves to such an article - presume they were well paid - daft, as you say, but demands no effort to watch. Just had THE most amazing evening! Dinner with Frankie and husband - Mooscopers coming out from behind anonymity - much energised by loads of laughs.

Molly Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 11:28pm

Gardener the film is wonderful, I could watch it over and over (may not have worked so well without the big names) I have also seen in at the west end. It is what inspired us to sit and sing along to abba One evening and record it and just generally feel silly. Although my husband sings worse than pierce brosnan (the funniest part of the film) but quite clever really :-) xx

Mary Wednesday Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 12:01am

How wonderful that you have had dinner with Frankie! Is it the 1982 film or the 1999 one? I love the earlier one with Tim Curry. I haven't seen the later one.

Molly Fri, Aug 18th 2017 @ 10:30am

I didn't know that there was one in 1982 ! I am guessing it must have been a different story line as I remember watching something about them making the film and how the woman incorporated the story with the music. I recommend you watch the later one Mary, it is a real 'feel good' film (although rather cheesey). Molly xx

Suzy Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 10:03pm

Loooove this Mary. I wanted to continue reading the story of Ellie and Jeremy!
Totally agree with everything you say here Mary. I find it impossible to sing or listen to music when very poorly but when moderately poorly I can definitely charge a little something inside by listening to some good tunes. :o)

Mary Wednesday Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 12:03am

How lovely to hear from you, Suzy! Well, this tiny snippet of Ellie and Jeremy comes in between their own book, The Frog Prince, and my current One, Tin Soldier when they appear again. But they definitely have a life outside the books.

Tutti Frutti Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 10:43pm

Hi Mary I love music but there have been times when I am too depressed even for music. In general though I find it a very helpful way of processing emotional ups and downs. It is not unusual for me to play the piano and sing for 3 hours or so if I am upset. It generally starts fairly turbulent and gets calmer and when my voice gets tired I move onto the classic piano repertoire. All sorts of music is good, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Queen, Beethoven, Chopin. And I enjoy being in a choir as well - although my current one is hard work for me as the average standard is pretty high. I wish I lived as near to a slightly less good choir! I also find playing the piano helpful when manic too as I tend to go for all this very spiky stuff which is physically exhausting to play. Love TF x

Molly Wed, Aug 16th 2017 @ 11:41pm

I agree Tutti Fruitti, I am a lover of music but if I am depressed I cannot bear it. It depresses me further, which I have found really sad, because music is a passion of mine. I also played the piano when I was a teenager but I think I have forgotten how to read music now, I would love to get that back again one day xx

Mary Wednesday Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 12:09am

We all seem to be saying the same thing: music is helpful for moderate depression (like exercise). The deep stuff? Well, the only thing I have found is just hanging on. Hanging on in sheer bloody-minded refusal to give up; in quiet desperation; because there's no alternative other than giving up - and even giving up would take more energy than we have. If anyone has an answer for the fathoms deep stuff please let us know!

Mary Wednesday Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 12:10am

And, TF, you make me regret not keeping up with my music!

Jane SG Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 1:16am

Dear Molly, playing the piano is like riding a bike. It should come back to you xxx

Molly Fri, Aug 18th 2017 @ 10:21am

Other people have said that Jane but when I see a page of music, it just looks like chinese to me ! However, if I ever do learn again, I am hoping it will 'click' somehow ! xx

Jane SG Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 1:15am

Hi Mary, I play the 'Dancing Queeen' video clip from Mamma Mia whenever I'm feeling down. I sing alongand jump up and down! Works nearly every time!! X

Lexi Thu, Aug 17th 2017 @ 8:30pm

Hi MW! I tried to post yesterday but the computer gods are against me. I can't sing a damn but I love to listen to my 8 yr old -she'll sing in bed, in the bath, making a sammy, while always lifts my spirits. xo Lexi

Anonymous Mon, Aug 28th 2017 @ 2:46am

I had to stop listening to music I enjoyed entirely. The only music I Could enjoy I had to blooming right. Everything had a connotation. Muse? Supermassive black hole? Absolutely not. Sigur ros flugufrelsarinn every day to fall asleep to? Unlikely.

But now and then, I find a CD taped hidden in an old printer and smile at it, maybe even have a reason to indulge track 16 a few times alone, and put it back and smirk at the folly of youth with mirth.

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