In our course “For The Love of Musicals,” we learn that “Rock of Ages” is an example of a jukebox musical – one that features music of a particular time period or artist.
One of the activities we offer is a chance to match the song from “Rock of Ages” to the original artist who made the song famous. In the film version of “Rock of Ages” – Harden My Heart is sung by Sherrie Christian played by Julianne Hough. The song was originally recorded by American rock group Quarterflash. This is one of 25 songs in the course activity.
Artists remain alive in our conscious, remain relevant to our soul, always. In different ways, yes. In very personal moments, definitely. In the quiet and in the noise, artist’s work scream history and whisper emotion. Forever.
I recently began thinking about a song by Depeche Mode that was on a compilation CD in my car at the time I was pregnant with Natty. Just another track, probably one I skipped over a hundred times to get to my favourite.
After her birth the very same song suddenly became full of meaning, so hugely significant it could have been written just for us. It seemed to be speaking to the family of a child who was born vulnerable and spending her early, precious, irreplaceable weeks in a Neo-Natal unit. I actually listened for the first time.
It summed up the guilt we felt at our shock after her arrival, the sorrow that cut through us as we watched her being subjected to uncomfortable procedures, the pain of the empty crib at home where she should have been sleeping, the fear that she would grow up remembering the aloneness in the incubator, that overriding feeling all parents have that they would do anything at all to make things better.
For the third year, we’ll be participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge!
In 2014, our first attempt at the challenge, we asked for guest bloggers and shared a variety of personal stories and advocacy issues.
Last year, we adopted a theme “Together We Can Do So Much.”
This year we’re going to have some fun! Our theme is “I’ve Got The Music In Me.”
Music is an integral part of our lives. Take a look around our community and you’ll see that music is used for a variety of important tasks:
• Physical fitness
• Awareness & Advocacy
Join us for a month-long tribute to the tunes that keep us going and make life fun!
A new post every day in April (except for Sundays) !
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