Yes, I realize that they talked about this on Ally McBeal – but I don’t care. Music really does have magical powers.
How to pick the right song:
- You have to love it – instruments, melody, beat.
- Actually listen to all of the words and make sure they’re working for ya.
- Do you have a memory associated with the song? or the singer? Make sure it’s a good one.
- When you hear it, the smile and heart-uplift must be undeniable.
I was invited to pick my song during grad school – and I had the answer in an instant. Believe it or not, once upon a time, I suffered from a horrid bout of anxiety. Couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t function. It sucked. My medicine was happy, safe, mindless, uplifting TV that didn’t disturb my freakish psyche in any way, shape or form.
Of course, I’m talking about Nick at Nite, that luscious retro gift from Nickelodeon. Today, if you watch Nick at Nite, you get old sitcoms from the 90’s which really disturbs me because I don’t think I’m that old. But when the whole shebang began, you saw: Happy Days, Newhart, Taxi, Dick Van Dyke…and, my girl, Mary Tyler Moore.
Mary. I love Mary. Cool apartment, great clothes, terrific friends, all of that sexual tension with Lou. She struck out on her own, you know? And she made her own way – no matter what people told her. She was a really good person and people loved her. She was industrious, silly, happening…and happy.
I eventually kicked the anxiety with yoga, diet and a severe attitude and life change. But I never kicked the Mary habit. Her theme song reminds me of all that I’ve accomplished, who I am and the gloriousness I’m about to unleash upon the world.
So that’s mine, what’s yours?
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