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Will Someone Write a Song For You One Day?

Fernando OrtegaYesterday I went to a concert by Fernando Ortega. He told a humerous and moving story of when he was a young man living in a house run by an elderly lady who rented space to him and 2 other guys. She was the most helpful and kind person he had ever met, she had a great impact on his life, and many others that she came into contact with. Fernando then went on to sing a song about her, titled “Mildred Madalyn Johnson”.

This got me thinking about my life. Would someone ever deem it worthy of writing a song around? I doubt it, not at this point anyway. Songs are written about people who have passion, dedication, consistency and above all else selflessness. That’s what makes them special enough to move others. They care more about others than they do themselves.

So, have you inspired anyone enough for them to write a song, book, a letter – maybe a note?

Selflessness
We’re so often caught up in ourselves, doing things that benefit us, many times at the expense of those around us. How about flipping that around and doing things to benefit others? I know that in my life, the times I think and do more for others that I am a happier person.

Consistency & Dedication
It’s not enough to do something once. Random actions are appreciated, but not generally worthy of a story. Just like blogging, the best ones are the ones that are consistent.

Passion
We’re all much more transparent than we might like to admit. People see whether or not we believe in what we’re doing. They see the passion in our actions. If you want to be remembered, it’ll be because you did something you are passionate about.

Note: heaven help him with that website, but you can find a sample of the song there. Look for the album cover above.

6 Comments

  1. Great concert, great post. I thought about the chorus in a Nicole Nordeman song called “Legacy”: “I want to leave a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to leave a mark on things? I want to leave an offering–a child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically, and leave that kind of legacy.” Definitely not there yet.

  2. Thanks Kelly, it’s not that often that I write philosophically, probably because I choose not to subject readers to my odd thoughts that often. šŸ™‚

    It was a good concert though, and we had a good time. By the way, I like your “Friday Night Kelly” post. See, I can’t write like that, it’s very open and I think something that we can all identify with at some level in our lives.

  3. To me, part of being consistent is seeing things through the “long run” lens…seeing myself as a future 80-year-old instead of just the harried 35-year-old mother of 2 small children that I am right now.
    “Running the race” can be grueling at times whether it’s short or long, but the pace of the long run is completely different.
    I hope that one day someone will be inspired to write a song about me called “Mary Catherine Martin”; we’ll only find out in the long run.

  4. I would be so happy if anybody wrote a song for me. It’s amazing how you can touch somebody’s life without realizing it.

  5. I was thinking about the odds of having a song named after me that people actually heard in a concert.

    1. You have to be song-writable material.
    2. You have to impact the life of a songwriter.
    3. The songwriter has to want to write the song.
    4. The songwriter has to be good.
    5. You need someone to sing the song.
    6. They have to be good.
    7. People have to like their other music so they’ll get to hear your song.

    Those odds are so huge ( I estimate at least 1 in 128,013) that the only way it’s going to happen is if God wants it to happen. But then, God never did worry much about odds, did He? (Judges 7)

    I guess He wanted Mildred to have a song šŸ™‚

    It was a great concert!

  6. Great post. That song and the story impacted me. I thought about doing a post about it … but the better blogger beat me to it.

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