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Life is a Test
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Remember when we were in school as kids and a teacher gave a really challenging test? I’m thinking about a particular math teacher in high school who always created questions with a little bit of trickiness in them. You may have another teacher in mind.
But we all have memories of tough teachers, don’t we? How did we handle it?
Careful studying. Practicing. Understanding.
Singing? Yup. I sang a lot of my material while studying. I created mnemonics to tricky problems and formulas and I would recite them in my mind and make up lyrics to familiar songs.
I believe other people do the same thing. I’m not unique in that way. Studies have shown how music can enhance memory.
Life is a lot like that. Sometimes things are easy and we coast along, figuring stuff out with our lovely children and spouses.
Also financial situations, relationships and so forth. Other times things get a little bit tricky and we just want to scream out how unfair it all is.
IT’S NOT FAIR. THIS IS NOT THE COURSE I SIGNED UP FOR!
Singing is one way I have coped through the ups and downs of life.
I’ve been around the block a few times in my life, with stuff that I’ve gone through. Most of that I don’t write about in my blog, because I try to keep this blog upbeat and fun. Hey, it’s about the joys (and oys) of being a grandmother, and how challenging can that be?
Climbing mountains! That’s fun for us!
But, there have been tests over the years. Way before I became a mother-in-law, grandmother. I’m a middle aged person (sounds really old, but I don’t feel that way!), and my husband and I have gone through raising a family of sons, marrying off three of them, thank G-d, and the various ups and downs of life.
Last year, our second son came down with a new (to us) virus, which affected his spinal chord and he was diagnosed with an illness called transverse myelitis. Needless to say, he, his lovely wife, my husband and I and the rest of our family, went through a lot to be there for him. Thank G-d, 9 months later, he’s much better. But he’s not out of the woods yet. He still needs prayers, (Avraham ben Miriam is his Hebrew name for praying).
I broke my ankle almost 7 months ago, and I’m much better, thank G-d, but not out of the woods yet. Soon I will be.
Through all this, and other stuff, we thank G-d for our blessings, we enjoy our lives, and we continue to sing.
Sometimes the words and the structure of the song combined with the melody inspires us to focus on important concepts inherent in the lyrics. If the same words were spoken or heard, we may not get them. But by singing and playing them, we get the message stronger. The music accesses our heart as well as our mind.
Recently, I composed a song called “Life’s a Test” (play above in post) – (lyrics by yours truly) to address this theme of doing our best in life, studying as hard as we can, and trusting that G-d will do the rest.
So the next time, you have a difficult exam, whether it is a school – or life — challenge, try singing! It may be just what you need!
Check out the song above, “Life’s a Test” and let me know how it helps you!
For more information about music therapy, please visit the music therapy website, http://www.musictherapy.org
- Lyrics by Miriam Hendeles, MT-BC; Lyrics adapted for instructional and sharing (non-profit) purposes to Jana Stanfield‘s music –
“How Beautiful” by Jana Stanfield and Jerry Krimbrough; (used with permission for instructional purposes only).
Non-photo images above: Credit http://www.publicdomainpics.net
“The reason my co-writers and I write these songs is so that people will hear them, use them, and enjoy them. There are very few radio stations out there that play this kind of music, so please be our DJ’s.” — Jana Stanfield (on her website, 2012).
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