Hello Kindred Spirit,
My husband is a singer/songwriter so I have witnessed for many years the craft of songwriting. Occasionally I have assisted with the placement of a lyric or two. There is an expression in the industry that songwriters despise: “don’t bore us, get to the chorus.” This phrase suggests that the average listener just wants the main idea, the catchy part of the song. But just like in life, the real artistry and wisdom comes from the verses leading up to the hook (or the main event). The perfect word choice that creates room for interpretation within the buildup can be in itself where the magic of the song is realized and felt the most.
The chorus might be powerful and memorable just like the major moments in your life … graduation, marriage, having children, vacations etc. But what about the rest of it? We have two events that will certainly happen to all of us, birth and death, and the rest? It’s all transition. Let’s not wait for the chorus to sing. Sing now. Let’s not wait for the wedding to dance? Dance right here. Let’s not wait for the yoga class to breath. Inhale and exhale longer.