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{Uplift Gifts} Make a Musical Memory Lane

 

I have a great gift idea I call the “Musical Memory Lane.”

The idea is to create a gift for someone that is centered around a collection of songs — it could be even just one or two— that have significance to you and this other person. 

Music has a way of connecting us directly to a period of time or an occasion.

I know this, because just a few minutes ago I created an audio note for a college friend. On a whim, I started and ended that recording with songs from the 1980’s — since that is when I met her and when we were at university together.

I want you to try this yourself because adding those songs in really deepened my connection to my friend.

It was like time travel! I saw her playing the piano for me in the big common room. I saw us laughing together as we dressed for an island-themed party. I saw us having burritos and studying together in the library.

Something about music does this. It strikes a chord in us! (hee hee)

Right now, think about someone who is graduating, getting married, or who has a birthday coming up. You could also think about this as a Father’s Day gift for your own dad — or any dad in your life.

But listen, you can also do just what I did: simply add a song to an audio note for a friend.

It doesn’t have to be a big deal! 

Or, if you don’t want to fuss with making an audio recording, you can just copy and paste a link to a music video into a text. Add a few words, “This song made me think about the time we ____. I love you.”

It can be that simple. 

Will you give it a try?

Let me know!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Here’s a link to an article that tells you all about the Musical Memory Lane — some background info plus the how-to, step by step. Or, if you prefer visuals, here’s an infographic posted to Pinterest.

P.P.S. If all that seems like too much, remember, you can simply send one song to someone. That, too, is a gift. Take the time for this. YOU will love it, I promise.

Love Letter to the Grieving

I just read a beautiful reminder in the New York Times this morning about how important it is to write a letter to someone grieving about the person who has died.

If you can think of a few special memories you have about the person who died, these can be such pinpricks of light to someone who misses that person. Can you recall something that person said that had an impact on you? Something kind that they did? Something quirky or unique about them that you will always remember?

Share these things.

Even if you didn’t really know the person who died, you know and love someone who deeply loved that person.

Your note can even be simple and short, like this: “I’m thinking about your mom today. Even though I didn’t have the chance to meet her, I know she was an incredible person because look at the influence she had on YOU. I’ve also always enjoyed your stories about times you shared with her, especially baking together and sharing those yummy treats with the homeless. I know she had a beautiful, generous heart and I am holding her (and you) in my thoughts right now.”

Here’s a great quote from the article — thought I hope you’ll read the whole thing:

“A condolence letter is a gift to the recipient, but it’s a gift to the writer, too. Remembering someone you loved is a way of remembering who you were, a way of linking your own past and present. Even when you love only the survivor — even if you hardly knew, or never met, the mourned beloved, you know something crucial: You know that person had a hand in creating someone you love. A condolence letter confirms the necessity of connection, one human heart to another. It’s a way of saying, ‘We belong to one another.'”