Reach

As songs go, this was not one that I liked for its melody (although I felt the melody was a good fit for the lyrics). I was struck by the lyrics when I first heard it though and it had inspired me back in 1996. It still does now. Here’s to all who want to reach. May you go the distance!

~Committed to Bluer Skies~ 

Reach (Gloria Estefan – Olympics 1996)

Some dreams live on in time forever
Those dreams, you want with all your heart
And I’ll do whatever it takes
Follow through with the promise I made
Put it all on the line
What I hoped for at last would be mine

If I could reach, higher
Just for one moment touch the sky
From that one moment in my life
I’m gonna be stronger
Know that I’ve tried my very best
I’d put my spirit to the test
If I could reach

Some days are meant to be remembered
Those days we rise above the stars
So I’ll go the distance this time
Seeing more the higher I climb
That the more I believe
All the more that this dream will be mine

If I could reach, higher
Just for one moment touch the sky
From that one moment in my life
I’m gonna be stronger
Know that I’ve tried my very best
I’d put my spirit to the test
If I could reach
If I could reach, higher
Just for one moment touch the sky
From that one moment in my life I’m gonna be stronger
I’m gonna be so much stronger yes I am
I put my spirit to the test
If I could reach, higher
If I could, if I could
If I could reach
Reach, I’d reach, I’d reach
I’d reach, I’d reach so much higher
Be stronger.

Gloria Estefan – Reach.mp3

2 Comments

  1. *wry*

    You’ve posted a number of songs in your blog, and as far as I know, none of them you like because of the melody but because of the lyrics.

    The disclaimer at the top, of Reach not being a song that you like because of the melody but the lyrics is a superfluous disclaimer. Do you even have a song that you like because of the great melody? :D

    From looks of things, you are squarely in the lyrics camp. Unless you actually have songs that you like primarily because of the great melody even though the lyrics are so-so, but somehow I doubt it. :)

  2. Aiyah, of course there are songs I like for the great melody. Such as when it’s in a foreign language and I don’t understand the lyrics (e.g. choral pieces like Magnificat and Esurientes). Or where the lyrics don’t particularly move me but the tune does such as Hijo de la Luna (Was going to also include Nella Fantasia but then it was originally a pure instrumental piece which I was already crazy about just for the melody).

    Another song I like for the melody more than the lyrics is No One Is Alone. That tune was stuck in my head for ages even though I wasn’t particularly impressed with all the lyrics (the way I was with Agony).

    Then there are songs which I think is an equal marriage of beautiful lyrics and melody: I Remember and Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening. (Incidentally, I’m not someone that usually is moved by poetry unless it is set to beautiful music. I think the music adds another dimension to the poem’s appreciation.)

    So you see, it’s not quite true that I only like songs for the lyrics. But there are different levels and kinds of ‘like’. And it just so happens that there are songs that inspire me, move me, or make me reflective and pensive. These songs are the ones that touch me the most and which I remember most deeply. And these are the songs with lyrics that ‘leave a handprint on my heart’. *smile*

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