The power of a song has always amazed me. How are senses work individually to recreate a memory, emotion, feeling or take us back in time.
I have written before about the song You are My Sunshine and the connection I had to it with my son when he was in the NICU. It was really the only song I could remember the lines to and it just stuck. It became my song to sing to him as he grew, helping to calm and relax him.
But there was another song that held a lot of power and meaning for me at the time; and still does.
After spending four weeks in the NICU, my husband and I were told that our son was going to be coming home on December 31, 2011. The night before he came home my husband and I went out to a local pub for a celebratory drink. While there a local band was singing. Towards the end of the night the lead female singer sang a song that will forever bring tears to my eyes. She stood up and began singing Hallelujah. At that point every emotion I had been holding in for close to eight weeks came out. After the song I thanked her for singing something that really meant so much to me.
Last night I was fortunate enough to hear that song live again. We were given tickets to see The Tenors as a Christmas present. Four years ago we had tickets to see them around the same time, however because I was put on bed rest we had to pass the tickets on.
I really felt like everything came full circle. Four years late we got to experience The Tenors and their wonderful voices. When they came back on stage for their encore song I knew it could only be one song.
As tears rolled (and rolled) down my face I was taken back to every time I have heard the song Hallelujah and the beauty of its melody and power of its words. And to the many memories it will always hold for me.
Today as we celebrate our son’s 4th birthday I am once again reminded how blessed I am.