What songs bring back the memories... March 07, 2005 3:04 PM
Yes, what songs bring back the memories of your loved one? When my beautiful niece passed, I posted a song by Three Doors Down, on her guestbook that really haunted me and made me think of her.They played a song by Jewel, "Hands",at her funeral as they did several of her other favorite songs. It always makes me think of her since we had discussed that song and Jewel's music and lyrics in another place and time when there was a lighter moment in life for us all. Two years prior to her passing I had given her that CD of Jewel's. There is even a classical song that I heard played on NPR radio one afternoon that just made my heart flow with sorrow and the music made feel emotions about her life. I remember sitting in my truck listening to that song until it was finished and promptly made a call to that station but as for now I cannot remember who it was by or the title. It will come back to me though. Things like that happen that give me hope. peace & blessings---ginger
This isn't a song that brings memories for me but it is a song that I think is beautiful. Celine Dion wrote this for her niece that passed away very young.
CELINE DION - Fly Lyrics
Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven's love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again
Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this mem'ry bittersweet
Until we meet
Fly, fly do not fear
Don't waste a breath, don't shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don't wait for me
Above the universe you'll climb
On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But I won't forget
Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light
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After our 14-year-old daughter was killed, I found myself uncontrollably crying any time three particular songs were played - Amazing Grace, which we played at her funeral, Part of Your World from Little Mermaid (we'd seen the movie as a family, and she had a lot of Ariel's naive qualities), and What a Wonderful World (always thought it was sappy before, but it took on a new level of meaning). Since then, there have been other songs that also evoke tears but I just let them flow. (Gets interesting reactions in the Disney theme parks when a 55-year old man starts crying at the Little Mermaid show...) It's been over 11 years and the tears never stop - I hope they never do.
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Are you familiar with the famous Neapolitan songs "O' Sole Mio", "O' Marenariello" and "I' Te Voglio Bene Assaie"? Perhaps you don't know the titles, but you'd probably recognize the melodies if you could listen to them! They all remind me of my beloved Tony because he liked them so! He was from San Francisco, Ca., but his grandfather immigrated to the US as a young child from a small town in the Province of Naples. He was actually a remarkable individual, who became a professional opera singer and toured the whole USA! Then he became a very successful broker! Both of Tony's grandparents were originally from Italy, and his father was their son, which made Tony 50% Italian, as he would say (while his Mom was from Kansas). Then, after marrying me, a 100% Neapolitan, he claimed he had become 75% Italian! He was very interested in the culture, researched the family tree, AND - wanted learn more about the music his granddad used to sing! His favorite was "I' Te Voglio Bene Assaie" ("I Love You Very Much") and we'd often sing it together... Sometimes he's also add this title to the cards he's send me for my birthday, Valentine's, etc. It was "OUR SPECIAL SONG', and now I can't even think of it without bursting into tears! I' Te Voglio Bene Assaie, Tony...
I enjoy this thread because music was such a part of my nieces life... March 08, 2005 8:39 AM
I enjoy this thread because music was such a part of my niece's life. I understand your feelings all too well Tim and it is alright to cry in public. Who cares what someone else thinks? That is what sorrow taught me, it can happen in the most public of places and rather unexpectedly. Personally I think that is a sign of a truly spiritual and loving soul.
We went to this restaurant on one of our many road trips and stopped at this restaurant that made pinto beans with corn bread which is one of my favorite southern dishes. This wasn't but a couple months after my niece rachel's passing. The waitress came to our table, and held the menus up to her chest. I was distinctly touched by her face, skin color and mannerisms, her hair was pulled back like my nieces, the height even was remarkable to my niece's. I felt as if I were looking at her and well. I stared at her like was seeing a ghost but i wanted to soak in this moment. I broke the ice when she came back with our drinks by telling her how she bore such a striking resemblance to my niece. I asked her to make her name tag available as it was again hidden and her name was rachel. I immediately became emotional and the tears just ran down my cheeks. I stood up and hugged that girl and she allowed me to. I guess to some folks that might have been embarassing but I wasn't in the least it was one of those rare signs we are blessed with in life and it caught my heart and soul off guard but I was ready for it. Needless to say, I felt as if I may have shaken this girl up a bit so upon leaving i left her a ten dollar tip at the register. I left her a hand scribbled note and blessed her life on the note. i will never forget it either.
Daria W, thank you for sharing those emotionally stirring lyrics from Celine, who has quite the way with words & emotions as a performer. Jennette W., your mother sounds like a strong woman who enjoyed the blessings of hymns. Feel free to post those lyrics if you should desire.
Guiliana, I can sense your emotions through this thread the most. Music was still such a part of his life & your lives together. How interesting your Tony was, my dear friend in Italy. I have probably heard both songs you mentioned in English but I think that in Italian they would be so much more lovely to hear.
I am glad you all came and contribute & feel free to share. I wish blessings for each of you today of the most unexpected kind along your way. peace---ginger
Thanks for sharing such beautiful memories... Ginger, your story is amazing! I particularly appreciate your kind comments on my Tony... Yes, he was an interesting man, with a heart of gold and the best thing that could have ever happened to me!
I usually can't breathe when I hear Sarah McLachlan sing "I will Remember You," "Angel" or "Do What I Have To Do" Certain Aerosmith songs kill me because the last thing we did together was go to a concert. And in an odd way (I feel the need tp preface it this way) I sometimes think she is speaking to me through songs on the radio. I can't expalin it, but there it is. Peace, Skip
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