There is so much music that fills our lives. Songs are intertwined throughout our journeys and can be a great place to start a conversation. Music stays with us, and when we are looking to make meaningful connections, it can be the perfect place to start. Today, we are going to be talking about songs we love. We hope you use the prompts below to facilitate connections.
All about the love songs
First, we have love songs! These are the songs we listen to when we are in love. The ones that bring an unspoken rule of slow dancing. They are the songs that are played at our weddings and celebrations. Need some help jump-starting the convo? We’ve got you covered!
Songs we listen to when we are in love…
- What's your favorite song for slow dancing?
- Have you ever had “the song” with someone you loved?
- How did it become your song?
- What do you feel when you hear that song today?
- Do you have a favorite version of that song?
- Has that song changed at all?
Singing to those we love
Next, we have songs we sing to those we love. It is the songs we sing to a baby in the hopes of them finally going to sleep. Maybe it’s asking an elder of music from their past. Or, the intergenerational duets that develop between a parent and offspring. Perhaps, it is the songs that mark periods of our lives. Music helps us connect with each other.
Prompts for the ones we sing to each other…
- What song/s do you sing to a loved one?
- Is there more than one?
- Why did you choose that song?
- What makes you keep singing it?
- Do they sing it back to you?
- Have you carried the lyrics into other aspects of life?
Songs we love to sing
Finally, our last category is songs we just love to sing. These are the songs we sing in the shower. They are the songs we get excited for when we hear them at our worship services. Additionally, they include your favorite karaoke tunes, and car radio jams! For bonus fun, ask about what sort of device folks played music on growing up!
Prompts for songs we love to sing…
- Why do you like to sing that song?
- How does it make you feel?
- Where did you first hear that song, or learn to sing it?
- Did it help you through a phase of life?
- Do you think your feelings for the song will change?
- Have you performed it for an audience?
5 Minute Storytelling Starts with Music – Story Script
Below is the audio version of the music 5 Minute Storytelling script. You can use it to start a conversation centered around music.
We use our voices to tell our stories. We raise our voices in song to celebrate, mourn, and get through the day. Together, we can connect through music and share with our loved ones. In today’s tech-centric world, it’s especially important to seek connections with our elders and music lasts throughout the ages. Let us help you brighten their day! Please check out our resources for making those conversations easier.
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