Did you ever pick up the phone and call Delilah or another radio host/station to dedicate a song to a special individual? Did you ever go searching for a song that matched a celebration or heartache? Have you ever thought about what song you would dedicate to your mother or another important female figure in your life? What songs remind you of this special person? What music memories come alive when thinking of this person? Did she sing to you when you were young? What songs do you remember? What song captures the emotions that you’d like to share with her today?
In music therapy, we use music to help a client connect with his/her emotions to learn ways to identify emotions, triggers, and coping strategies. This often involves discussing lyrics and the instrumentation used in order to identify what emotions or message is heard in the music. Sessions may also involve the use of familiar music to access positive moods/feelings associated with the memories sparked by a particular song/memory. Research shows us that music can bring us back to a specific place, person, or moment in time. Thus, we all have at least one personal story of how music has sparked a memory or a feeling, immediately after hearing a song. For the most part, these feelings are welcomed, but other times a song can leave you feeling exposed and may evoking feelings of extreme sadness and heartache.
Just like music, holidays may also bring upon a variety of emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant. As you reflect on Mother’s Day, we hope you can identify at least one song that reminds you of your mom or a motherly figure in your life. What song comes to mind? What emotions do you experience when listening to this song? We also challenge the mothers/moms-to-be to think of a song that you would dedicate to your child/children. If you have multiple children, is there a different song that comes to mind for each child? For the individuals experiencing grief and sadness due to the loss of a mother, a grandmother, a foster mother, a child, or for those who struggle to conceive, what song can inspire positive memories and/or hopeful thinking?
We wanted to share our song dedications with you. Please comment below or Tweet at @LIHmusictx with your song tribute or dedication, a “song to remember by”, or a song that inspires you through a negative feeling associated with “Mother’s Day”. We can’t wait to hear from you! #songtobeheard