Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Health Writer's Month: A Theme Song

Wego Health: Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge
Today's Health Writer's Month Challenge topic is:
Theme song. Imagine your health focus or blog is getting its own theme song. What would the lyrics be? What type of music would it be played to?

In November, when we were given a similar question: to choose an existing song as a theme song, my whole family had a go at it. So if you go to that link, there's three songs, not just one.

Now, if I were writing my own, what would I do?

I wonder if you're familiar with Haydn's "Surprise Symphony". There's  a You Tube link here, if you're not.

The story goes that Haydn was sick of writing music that was background to event like fancy garden parties, where no-one ever noticed the music anyway. He wrote this lovely little folk-tune, almost nursery-rhyme piece of music that is just great as background that people would just go on drinking their tea and chatting and ignoring it. But he interspersed the music with sudden crashing chords played at full volume by the whole orchestra. Back in high school music class we had a great time imagining the upper crust of society sipping their tea and suddenly throwing it over their shoulder or in their own faces when the crashing chord came at them out of nowhere.

Do I necessarily mean I want this particular piece of music? Not at all. But I'd want something similar in that it would be peaceful and go along happily, and then suddenly, out of somewhere, a great big surprising shocking something would shake the whole thing up!

That's what having lupus is like. I get used to my symptoms, I adapt and learn to live relatively well despite them, and I cruise along happily, until suddenly, something happens. I then have to begin a whole new process of adaptation.

So that's music.

As for lyrics....

When I chose a song that already existed, I went with Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".

I still like a lot of the lyrics in this. Yes, it's about a broken relationship, but there's so much in the tone of defiance, there's strength despite the brokenness. It acknowledges fear and a sense of aloneness, but also a determination to go on, to be strong in the face of pain.

If I wrote my own theme song, I'd have some lyrics similar to these. They'd acknowledge my pain, shock, fear. But they'd also proclaim my strength, my determination to fight back, my refusing to give up on life just because it's not the way I expected it to be.

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