Series: Can A Song Connect You to Home? Today: Chuck Mangione

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Do You Have A Special Song?

“What song makes you think of home? It doesn’t have to literally be about home. Just a song that somehow embodies the concept for you, or makes you feel at home in some way”.

Just for fun, since we are in February, the month of Valentine’s Day, I decided to ask one of my best friends the question above.

We’ve been friends since university.  She is smart, hilarious, and looks remarkably like Audrey Hepburn.  Lucky her!

This was her decisive answer:

“Feels So Good, by Chuck Mangione”.

This instrumental piece reminds my friend of her childhood on the Canadian west coast in Vancouver. It conjures that feeling she loves of experiencing nature in a lively urban setting, and images of the beach, the ocean and the mountains.

“To me, home is more than just being in a house. I feel at home when I am outdoors, in nature.”

What do you think?  Is there a song that connects you to home?  Feel free to leave a comment.

Enjoy!

BTW…

My friend didn’t yet know about my blog when I asked her the above question, so I had to smile when I thought about my own answer from December 1st:

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No wonder we’ve been friends for so long.

A Song Called “Going Home” by Kenny G

Kenny G: Best-Selling Artist and a World Record. 

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I just discovered this song a few minutes ago. I wasn’t looking for music, I wasn’t even on YouTube, but it turned up on an unrelated search and, with a title like “Going Home”, you know I would have to check it out! I did, and I loved it. It’s an instrumental piece.  According to Wikipedia (I confirmed this fact by checking two other websites), Kenny G is the “biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all time, with global sales totaling more than 75 million records.”  

Kenny G was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1997 for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. Apparently, he held an E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds!  How can he hold any note for so long? Circular breathing. I’ll admit, I don’t really know what that means (yet), but it makes more sense than him simply exhaling for that long.

Enjoy this beautiful piece of “smooth jazz”.  I love the tap dancing.

 

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Series: Can a Song Connect You With Home? Today: The Wailin’ Jennys

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Do You Have A Special Song?

“What song makes you think of home? It doesn’t have to literally be about home. Just a song that somehow embodies the concept for you, or makes you feel at home in some way”.

In this series, I am asking the above question. The idea of home is complex, and there are many ways to define it, and connect with it.  Sometimes, a certain song expresses this connection  for us.

Today, I want to share one of several songs that does this for me. The lyrics of this melody describe how I see the world at my best moments; when I am authentic and at home with who I am.  It also expresses a connection and oneness with nature – the change of the seasons and the beauty of life – that feel like home to me.

As the poet Gary Snyder said, “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. ”

Here it is:

The Bird Song, by the remarkably talented Wailin’ Jennys.

 

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If there is a song that answers the above question for you, leave a comment with the name of the song and I will see if I can include it in a future post!

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Can A Song Connect you to Home? (Series) Bon Jovi, Tesla

Do You Have A Special Song?

“What song  makes you think  of home? It doesn’t have to literally be about home. Just a song that somehow embodies the concept for you.  It makes you feel at home in some way”.

Today, this question popped into my head out of the blue.  Curious to ask someone, I posed the question to a friendly acquaintance. He is an eclectic and talented individual who, after taking some time to think about it, was happy to  share his thoughtful response.  It went something like this:  (I am paraphrasing)

“First, my mind started to go to my childhood home, then to my current home, although I’ve moved a lot, which brought me to the idea that home is where you bring it. So home is what makes me comfortable. That’s when I thought, Tom Petty. He makes everything better. Then I thought about it a little bit further, and another song came to mind: Caught up in a Dream, by Tesla… It’s a hard rock band that is totally positive and uplifting. Then, finally, I thought of a song by Bon Jovi: Welcome to Wherever You Are.  That song is basically about acceptance, and believing that life has brought you exactly where you need to be right now, so embrace it.   To me, home is a place you want to be and return to even when you feel crappy. Both of these songs make that happen for me.”

A great definition!  So here are the two links.  I had never heard either of these songs before.  If there is a song that answers the above question for you, leave a comment with the name of the song and I will see if I can include it in a future post!

 

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