Poetry Friday: All the Love in Your Heart

Like so many people, I struggle with change. I understand that change is necessary, that it can bring new opportunities for growth, development and betterment. I appreciate change, I respect it, and I understand it.

And still…

Change, for all its many benefits, is often uncomfortable, at times even frightening, whether you’re two, twenty-two, or one-hundred-and-twenty-two.

In times of stress or worry, I often find myself drawn to music, which is really just poetry with an instrumental background. Singer-songwriters have a special place in my heart – I’ve write about one of my favourite singer-songwriters, Rodriguez, and this Poetry Friday I’m back with another incredibly talented poet whose songs have inspired countless listeners for decades.

And so, for those of us who are facing changes in our lives, welcome or otherwise, here are some timeless words of wisdom from the incomparable singer-songwriter Carol King, from her song Beautiful:

You’ve got to get up every morning

With a smile in your face

And show the world all the love in your heart

Then people gonna treat you better

You’re gonna find, yes you will

That you’re beautiful, as you feel.

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So get out there and show the world all the love in your heart!

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29 Comments

  • Reply Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting & Writing

    Thanks Jane, for this lovely and lively song by Carol King Music is food for the soul and hopefully sometimes helps to move our spirits.

    June 16, 2017 at 4:34 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Absolutely! I always turn to music when I’m in need of a pick-me-up!

      June 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Tabatha

    Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ~Franz Kafka
    Music is such a boon in stressful, changing times, isn’t it? Thank goodness we can turn to those poet-philosopher songwriters to help us out.

    June 16, 2017 at 11:09 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      So true – I’ve always been drawn to artists who seem to be able to capture the human spirit in song!

      June 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Kiesha Shepard

    Music does stir something in my soul. I agree, it helps in times of change or unrest. Thanks for reminding us of the power of song.

    June 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      You’re very welcome! πŸ™‚

      June 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply haitiruth

    Thank you! Hope you’re feeling beautiful today! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

    June 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you! I’ve made it through the first week, at least. Onward and upward! πŸ™‚

      June 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Linda Mitchell

    LOVE this song! This is such a great song to have on my phone to keep me moving with the housework associated with having four teens at home for the summer!

    June 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Oh my goodness, yes, you’ll need a little song in your heart to keep up with them! πŸ™‚

      June 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply jama

    It had been ages since I’d heard that song. I used to listen to the Tapestry album over and over. I share your love of singer-songwriters. Thanks for the Carole King fix this week.

    June 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      My parents were big fans of Carole King, so I grew up singing these songs. My partner is also a life-long fan of singer-songwriters, so we have similar taste in troubadours!

      June 18, 2017 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply lindabaie

    Yep, agreed! A smile greeting the day and then everyone in it works wonders. Thanks for this lovely song, Jane!

    June 16, 2017 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      It’s wonderful how contagious a smile can be!

      June 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    There is something about music that allows the words to seep even deeper into my thoughts and soul. This song is a great on to carry through the day.

    June 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Isn’t there just! I grew up in a home that always had music playing in the background, and my mum and I both subconsciously hum constantly, we just all have music in our blood!

      June 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Tara Smith

    Timeless…and yet a song we really need to hear at this time.

    June 16, 2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Linda Denise Kulp Trout

    I chose “change” as my OLW this year because I struggle so much with it and want to learn how to handle it better. Music has always been a big part of my life. Thanks for the song!

    June 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply katswhiskers

    It’s amazing the difference a smile makes. #truth πŸ™‚

    June 17, 2017 at 7:15 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      So true! Smile, and the world smiles with you.

      June 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply maryleehahn

    Fake it ’til you make it, right? πŸ™‚

    June 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Exactly!! πŸ˜€

      June 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Wondering and Wandering

    Oh, Jane. I grew up in a Carol King household. My sister and I went through 3 “Tapestry” albums, because they just wore out. She has a song for just about every feeling, doesn’t she?

    June 17, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      YES! I remember hearing that album for the first time as a young teenager, when I was in the midst of a Backstreet Boys obsession, and just being floored. Wow, music that actually had meaning! πŸ˜€

      June 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Ramona

    This post was a time travel machine. As soon as I started listening to the song, I was that college student of the 70s. My roommate and I listened to Carole King’s album Tapestry all the time! And thanks for the reminder to show the world all the love in our heart. Heaven knows, we need that right now.

    June 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Oh so very true! We might not be able to change the world, but we can change how we interact with it, and what spirit we put into it!

      June 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Violet Nesdoly

    Thanks for this, Jane! There’s a lot of truth in those lyrics. (I love my Spotify, where I can find all these old favourite songs and singers and play without having to dust off a record or crank up the old turntable.)

    June 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Crystal

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing this song. It’s new to me. πŸ™‚

    June 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

    Even good change can feel like a nightmare. Terrifying and surreal. Carole King is a divine consolation.

    June 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm
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