I have recently found music again. I used to be a singer and I even went to school to train as a singer. Though if you asked my children, they would role their eyes. I grew up in a very musical family. My aunt Ana lived in Austria and she was an opera singer, and according to my father, a very good one. Now I know what you’re thinking,
“Of course, he would say that, it’s his sister.”
You obviously don’t know my father; he is very blunt with family members with his opinion. If you suck at something, he will tell you. He did it to me once but it was actually a compliment disguised as a revelation. I will get to that moment soon but I just wanted to give you a bit of a back story before I gave you my list of 5 songs that formed my young years. I have performed most of these songs in one way or another but for entertainment purposes, I have put the link of the professional singers. Let’s get started, shall we? The list of songs is not in any particular order just a simple list.
Song number one I have chosen is The Impossible Dream- The Man of La Mancha (Musical). This is based on the original book written by Miguel De Cervantes it is about Don Quixote a middle-aged gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in books he has read; he decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. The reason why this song affects me is because I can relate to it as a man now. I was an idealist as a teenager. I always thought that good would always overcome evil and that everyone at their core was a decent person and that when you see evil you should fight it at any cost. Now that I’m a grown man, I see things slightly different, but when I hear this song, I still think, it only takes one person to change the world.
Song number 2 is what started me as a singer. My drama teacher was tasked with staging a performance for Remembrance Day and he asked his class to take turns singing the song and I guess I did a decent job because he chose me to sing it in front of the whole school. This was a crucial time in my life because I didn’t think much of myself and I had no friends to speak of. I found my voice with this song. It is from Les Miserable, the character Marius is recounting a memory of his dead friends and comrades.
Song number 3 is the song I would turn to when the world turned on me. When I felt alone, I always had this song to fill me with purpose. I first heard this song when The World Cup was played in Italy and Luciano Pavarotti sang the song to announce the beginning of the tournament. I instantly related to the song even though I didn’t know the words and even what it meant. It lit up my soul. My father once told me that this song is used to call bravery into men. The title of the song is Nessun Dorma, or None Shall Sleep. It is from the opera Turandot by Puccini. The song is about a man who has tasked a princess with the riddle; What is my name? If she guesses correctly, she can behead him; if by dawn she doesn’t guess correctly then she must marry him. As a courtesy, I have placed the translated lyrics below for you to read.
Nobody shall sleep!…
Nobody shall sleep!
Even you, oh Princess,
in your cold room,
watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know…
On your mouth, I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!…
(No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
Vanish, o night!
Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win!
Song number 4 infected me. A musical came out with a lot of controversy. It was about Vietnam and the lyrics of this song are pretty much in your face. It forces us to realize the damage and suffering we do to children during war and especially after. The moment this song came on and when it ended, I cried. It was the first song that made me question, why do we do this to children? Ironically, this song is extremely poignant today. The song is called Bui Doi, The Dust of Life.
Song number 5 is the first song in my life that I heard which really made me realize what real love is. The first time I heard it I laughed and even let out a whimpering sigh. I knew if I ever found love like these 2 characters, then life would be pretty awesome. I will just let you watch the clip; I think it speaks for itself. The song is from Fiddler on the Roof. It’s called, Do you love me?
I hope you enjoyed my list, let me know what you think. I most likely will do another list one day.