I do have a concert that I would like to write about, but it occurred to me today, that while I have a clip of my favorite song of all time, I've never written about it. So here goes. I wrote about my top 5 favorite movies tonight...and that was tough for a few reasons...A) as I was writing about them, other fabulous movies popped into my head and B) I was having a very difficult time explaining why they were my top 5 favorite movies. And so it goes with my favorite song of all time...Can't Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis Presley.
I love this song. love. Love. LOVE. I love the melody, I love the lyrics...Elvis's voice...what is not to love. But there is something that goes so much deeper than that...a reason why without hesitation I can say that this is my most favorite song of all time.
I can't say much for the technical level of the song because I don't know technical stuff about music...but I do know how, better than many, I would say, to truly enjoy music. When I was little, my mom would sing to me at night and in the mornings to wake me up. I am not a morning person and it was a pleasant way to wake up. I imagine it made mornings much better for both of us...but I digress. The songs my mom sang in the morning where cheery and wake up-y. But at night they were more calm and mellow. I can picture and even hear my mom singing her morning wake up songs. And I know she had a handful of nighttime go to sleep songs, but the only one that I can hear and picture her singing in my head is Can't Help Falling in Love With You. I think a great way to solidify your children's undying devotion is to sing to them at night. I am not a parent, but I feel that is very sound parental advice and I am going to stand by it.
When I would visit my grandparents in the summer both of them would sing me to sleep. My grandpa has quite a repertoire and I would venture to say that a few of my siblings and even some cousins have great memories of this as well. In fact, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is also a favorite of mine for the mere fact that when I was in high school and we lived with my grandpa he would play the song on the piano and sing...usually around midnight. I really had an awesome childhood.
So there you have it...the reason for my favorite song of all time. Even thinking about this memory right now I am getting a little choked up. Just the other night I mentioned to my mom that it was my favorite song of all time, and she said, "well of course it is. I use to sing it to you every night before bed." In that moment the memories just came flooding back. Just like they are now.
I am also a FIRM believer in the lyrics because I don't think we can help who we love...but that is a discussion for another blog on another day!