Do you ever think about how many songs you know the words to? Probably thousands. I was thinking about it the other night while hanging out with friends. We had multiple iPods out and several DJs. The strange thing was, no matter what genre, artist or time period, most of us knew the words. At one point, several bottles of wine into the night, we were all singing along while linked arm to arm in a circle.

I think it is funny when you don’t know the words to a song, so you just make them up. Do you know the real words to Manfred Man’s “Blinded by the Light“? How about Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets“? I was surprised when I looked them up!

Music tends to spark emotion. When you hear a song, you can relate it to a memory. It can bring you back to a place that was long forgotten. It doesn’t have to be a major event like a wedding or graduation. “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” by Jimmy Buffett brings me back to 7th grade gym class when we were doing aerobics to the Jane Fonda Workout record.

Music is a great teaching and memorization tool. Think about the millions of songs children learn. The ABC song is the first one that comes to mind. Even now, if you want to know the 19th letter of the alphabet for a crossword puzzle, you will sing the song in your head. My kids have learned the “days of the week” song (sung to the Adamms Family tune) as preschoolers and this year my fourth grader learned the parts of the heart and the 50 states via songs. As she was signing them, her 6th grade sister joined in. She still remembered them!

Songs are so much a part of our life. Think of how many commercials and jingles you know the words to. They get stuck in our head. I bet you know the Empire Carpeting phone number!

I think the lyrics to songs are stored in the same part of the brain that you use to find a street. Did you ever notice that when you are lost while driving, you have to turn off the radio?

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