Here’s my weekly link up with the fabulous Five Minute Friday community hosted by Kate Motaung. This weeks’ prompt word is SING.
Sing, they said, and I’m immediately lost in a labyrinth of memories signposted with songs:
Rick Astley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC3Ejf7vPEY) encouraged and kept me determined through tough times. Kanye (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCYAjGnvc7U) wove a bond as we waved goodbye. Take That (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KII1ruAfvsg) filled me with pride and starry hope. Casting Crowns (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C53GgUJ6y-Y) grounded me in perspective and belonging. OneRepublic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg) expressed my sense of intensity in adversity.
And that’s just the past 3 years.
Driving through my life, singing has kept me going, slingshotting me round each twist and turn of the labyrinth, making my way back to the beginning with echoes of songs from the centre as I travel: my mother’s lullabies and choir solos; my father’s subconscious hums and whistles whenever he was content; my teenage years filled with hymns ancient and modern, a band or two, and a couple of musicals; my husband’s youthful demo tape and self taught guitar; our private duets.
And so the labyrinth turns me back towards the outside, propelled on by ‘Will Your Anchor Hold’, ‘Sally McLennane’, and ‘Never Too Much’. One day, ‘Something Worth Leaving Behind’ will play but I won’t be there to join in – I’ll be too busy singing the Hallelujah Chorus somewhere else.