TMT: Change the World

TMT: Change the World
April 8, 2014 7 Comments Writing Stephanie Ayers

We are coming close to the end of this beautiful meme, the Twisted Mixtape. I will definitely miss this as I have discovered new songs to love and add to my ever increasing playlist.

This week’s theme is “Those Lyrics are Genius!” This means I’m sharing lyrics I find genius…in other words, the songs that get me the most, my go to songs when I need songs, the songs I search for on my playlist when I need to hear them. I think I have probably shared MOST of them already. It’s hard to ignore your favorite or most meaningful songs, but I’m trying my best to share new ones and not break the rules (but it’s really hard!!).

Though my musical tastes span across the genres, I do have some favorites. Martina McBride is one of them. I already shared one of her songs that would fit this category (Anyway) but there’s at least one more (she has several with genius lyrics, in my opinion). This is one that reminds me often that there’s someone else in worse shape than I am and not wallowing in a bunch of self pity over it. It reminds me that I can be taught lessons by unexpected people and that God sends them into your life for a reason. It’s about the unsung, the every day heroes people overlook…and how I need to change my attitude.

And she said each day that I have him, well it’s just
another gift
And I never got to tell her, that the boy
Showed me the truth

Then there’s songs that empower me to change the world I live in by starting with me. This is one of the better ones by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He reminds me that change can begin just by looking in the mirror.

It’s Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,

And there’s one more song that really resonates with me when I’m feeling doubtful about my ability to make changes in my world, even if I’ve made those changes within myself. With its soft music and her sweet voice, I know that I can listen to Carrie Underwood all day and feel better.

The world’s so big, it can break your heart
And you just want to help, not sure where to start
So you close your eyes
And send up a prayer into the dark

I have to admit that I am stubborn and I tend to do things the hard way, even when I’m given sound advice. I’m willing to confess that now, in my 40s, I’m finding the truth is this song (and the rightness of my mother’s advice all along.) I love the gritty sound of the singer’s voice and realize that the old man in this song could be telling his story to me.

The old man had a vision but it was hard for me to follow
I do things my way and I pay a high price
When I think back on the old man and the bus ride
Now that I’m older I can see he was right

At the end of the day, its easy to get caught up in the should have’s or could have’s of the day just passed. That’s why I try to remember that I don’t need to take it to bed with me and that tomorrow, if I’m given it, is a fresh start. I’ve also got to learn to forgive and let go. That’s where making my changes come in.

Your mistakes do not define you now
They tell you who you’re not
You’ve got to live this life you’re given
Like it’s the only one you’ve got

Now that I’m all empowered to make a difference today, I’ll end this mixtape here. There’s only one more mixtape left, so get in while you can!


Twisted Mixtape Tuesday is hosted by Jen Kehl at My Skewed View.

What lyrics do you think are genius? Link them up!

Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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    As soon as I saw your post title, I thought of the Eric Clapton song with the same name.

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      I’ll have to give that a listen. Most of my titles are song titles that aren’t used in my post. 😉

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    Lois Alter Mark

    Such a good list. I totally agree that music can change the world. Love every song on here!

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      Thank you!

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    Kir Piccini

    “Man in the Mirror” has always been a favorite song of mine. But I loved all your picks and the reasons behind them, music and lyrics truly can change our attitudes and our perspectives.

    Listening to these songs filled up my heart and my eyes with grateful tears.

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    This is a wonderful way to look at this. I of course don’t like to “feel” so I go with lyrics that describe some “thing” better than I ever could.
    So I am always amazed and touched to hear lyrics that really describe a feeling so well.
    Also Man in the Mirror is a no brainer for me 🙂


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