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The Song Of My Heart

“I will sing, sing a new song, How long to sing this song” Adam Clayton / David Evans / Laurence Mullen / Paul David Hewson
There is a mighty power in music. The words of a song can lift you up and get you through the worst of your times. All you gotta do is sing and keep on keeping on.

songs photoSongs define periods of time in our lives. There are the songs of our youth. There are songs that couples hold special between the two of them. There are songs that will pump you up. There are songs that will make you laugh. There are songs that will make you try. There are songs that will encourage you. There are songs that will make you think. There are a whole host of songs and people have particular tastes.

It is no easy thing to write a great song. It is an even harder thing to write hit songs consistently. People who can write a hit song are geniuses of the highest brilliance. If you doubt this try writing some song lyrics. They require a strict meter, a limited amount of lines and a distinct pattern. Some people spend their entire careers having only one of their song make it to the radio. Unlike the world of poetry, the music business is extremely competitive. Also, there is money in writing songs whereas in poetry there is very little.

The greatest artists in the music industry only produce a limited amount of material. Even then out of the albums that come out only two or three songs make the radio. While this only reflects the ‘commercial’ value it shows the difficulty of the craft.

I began to write song lyrics when I was twenty years old. Getting committed to a psychiatric hospital brought a tremendous fear into my life that I would never be able to work a regular job and support myself financially. Besides I had a natural interest in poetry. Under the advice of Billy Morrison, I got all of my song lyrics copyrighted. When I eventually returned to work I took a long hiatus from writing. My song lyrics had been in my parent’s attic and then in the basement of my apartment. They survived the flooding of Superstorm Sandy. As such, I feel some divine influence involved.

I presently work at my art in a full-time capacity. My wife Sylvia is very ill with dementia and requires around the clock care. So when I am not tending to her I spend a good amount of time working on my various forms of writing. Once again I see the divine hand involved. I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to spend so much time working on my artistic craft. I would never have had the courage to quit my job and do so. Even if I fail at the end of my life I will be grateful that I had a chance.

I listen to a lot of new and emerging artists on Facebook. There are a lot of bad songs out there. I find this true, especially among the rappers. I see young black men whose raps consist of cursing, demeaning women, pretending to be some gangster thug and saying the ‘N’ word. As far as other genres go I can see that they lack the creative ability to write music. I have belonged to a writing group where people would post lyrics. For the most part, they were terrible and mediocre.

There are plenty of talented musicians and singers in the world. What is rare is that creative genius to create a great song. I think many artists cannot evaluate their own work. They think they have a great song lyric but in truth, they don’t.  In all honesty, I don’t think I will ever achieve greatness in writing song lyrics. I won’t be up there with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, or the top names. But I think I have good enough material to be on the radio. One day I hope I will be an overnight success, thirty years in the making.

Finally, my songs deal with my own unique struggles.  I have written songs about mental illness and all aspects of my life. To see my lyrics is to see my special existence.

Please check out my book of song lyrics “Without The Music” With over five hundred and fifty pages there is a lot of material in it, whether you are looking for a song to sing or just enjoy reading some good stuff. https://amzn.to/2Ml6mrL

Song of My Heart

I’m searching for the right words to say
To make it all okay
Could you lend me your ear in the cool autumn breeze?
It would put my mind at ease

I can’t remember the words that I wrote
So take what you value and leave what you don’t
Let the music do its part
Then you’ll understand the song of my heart

Spent the night haunted by confused memories
Churned by a twisted history
Different players in an identical game
But the song remains the same

I can’t remember the words that I wrote
So take what you value and leave what you don’t
Let the music do its part
Then you’ll understand the song of my heart

In a deep dark valley with a cool running stream
I see a princess in a dream
I’m feeling the rapture I’m sensing the bliss
I will be free with your passionate kiss

I can’t remember the words that I wrote
So take what you value and leave what you don’t
Let the music do its part
Then you’ll understand the song of my heart

My thoughts turn to the memories of the days that we spent
Living off of the love that we lent
If you take the love I give I’m sure you will see
The truth is you’re just like me (X3)

I can’t remember the words that I wrote
So take what you value and leave what you don’t
Let the music do its part
Then you’ll understand the song of my heart

You know you’re just like me
You’re just like me
Girl you’re just like me

The Song Of My Heart


John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2019). The Song Of My Heart. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2019/04/the-song-of-my-heart/

 

Last updated: 4 Apr 2019
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