I hear voices in my head! These voices are there ALL the time and NEVER go away. They are not the scary, go out and kill someone voices, on the contrary. These crooning voices are magnificent melodies of Frank Sinatra, James Taylor, Rod Stuart or Carly Simon. They constantly remind me that my kind of town is Chicago, or when things start getting me down, I should climb up to the roof where it’s peaceful as can be.
There are many positive and negative side-effects of this ailment. On a positive note, I really don’t need to turn on the radio or pop in a CD for entertainment. Music is always playing internally with limited commercial interruption. But the adverse reactions can be annoying. I call it STS, other wise known as “Show Tune Syndrome”.
When anyone starts a conversation, it may be just a single word or phrase, but if I recognize the lyrics, or part of a tune, I burst into song. If I hear the words, “I’m leaving…” they don’t even get to finish before I’m belting out, “On a jet plane. I don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh, Babe I hate to go”. Of course, they are not all show tunes, but I do have a serious affinity for old Broadway musicals. My repertoire ranges as far back as the World War I love songs, the timeless 1920′s, and as recent as the ever effervescent Lady Gaga and Pink. It’s all good, and it’s all in my head.
As time goes by…oh no, don’t get me started…” You must remember this, A kiss is still a kiss, A sigh is still a sigh.” Anyway, I have learned to suppress or at least hold back on my bursting out into song in public, but the song will play in my head. I guess I will always go through life WITH A SONG IN MY HEART.
With a song in my heart
I behold your adorable face
Just a song at the start
But it soon is a hymn to your grace
When the music swells
I’m touching your hand
It tells me that you’re standing near
And at the sound of your voice
Heaven opens its portals to me
Can I help but rejoice
That a song such as ours came to be?
But I always knew
I would live life through
With a song in my heart for you
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart