Sing Your Song Anyway


I recently learned that the song “Over the Rainbow” was repeatedly stricken from the film The Wizard of Oz.  The pundits at MGM felt that it was too slow and that a little girl singing in a barnyard was in poor taste.  Two men, Arthur Freed and Roger Edens, fought to keep it in the final release.  Thank heavens for their insistence.

Can you even imagine watching The Wizard of Oz without hearing Judy Garland singing that beautiful song?  It embodied the tremendous love and kindness she represented and set the stage for everything to come both on and off screen.  “Over the Rainbow” went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was deemed to be the greatest movie song of all time by the American Film Institute.  The recognition and awards list goes on and on.  It was a musical and theatrical masterpiece.

At various times in our lives, we may not be following the norm or we may be outright defying it.   Big important people may disagree with our techniques, our methods, or our words.  Those close to you may tell you that you are heading the wrong way.  That you are on a fool’s errand.  That you are wasting your time.

Sing your song anyway.

They may be right about many things, but that does not mean that they are right about everything.  There is true magic within each of us.  A divine spark.  A song to sing.  Don’t allow it to be silenced by another who is unable to recognize it.

You have an inner light.  A shimmer.  A sparkle.  A shine.  Have faith in a universe bigger than this world, and know that divine love stands with you always.  You have something important to share.  Be brave.  Keep writing.  Keep painting.  Dance.  Love.  Design.  Whatever it may be.

Just don’t give up and don’t give in.

Sing your song, no matter what they say.

In love and light always – Joanna


35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jan
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 20:49:32

    I loved this post … so positive … so interesting about the song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” This song brought my singing voice to the attention of our sixth grade music teacher. I couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth when I sang. I was selected to sing the solo. I have sung many, many times since then … but that moment I will never forget … it is a shimmering memory. : ) jan


  2. James J. Cudney IV
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 00:00:55

    I’d forgotten about this, but thanks for the reminder. Always good to read your posts! 🙂


  3. 50shadesofbrave
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 02:01:44

    I love Over the Rainbow…. This is me playing it on my flute 🙂


    • MoJo
      Aug 07, 2017 @ 06:40:21

      Oh I adored that! You have a wonderful ear. Those notes were so lovely and clean. Also I cannot not mention the awesome name. Basically anything at all that is preceeded by the word ninja is better. Ninja Cheese. See? Exponentially better every time, and I was already a fan of cheese. 😉 But seriously it was gorgeous. Some day, please record that again at half the speed and with no piano. I will put that on a spa playlist I have just to hear it over and over again. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Thank you again for sharing that with me.


  4. Abby Strangward
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 02:10:00

    This was such a sweet, positive post – loved it!
    Abby |


  5. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 06:41:51

    Wow! My entire blog is an allegory based on what happens to characters who are “Over the hill on the Yellow Brick Road.” I agree, it’s a most special place. And my blog “about” relates to the fact that though we’re aging, we’re part of something bigger out there in the universe. So nice to meet someone who’s on the very same page!


  6. Writer Lori
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 07:14:17

    Fabulous post, Jo! Thank you for the reminder that it’s important to move to your own beat…xoxo


  7. misifusa
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 08:37:20

    Oh sweet girl, you are singing my song! Beautiful beautiful post! I just read yours now and funny, but I posted a song on mine today as well! Great minds think alike don’t we? LOL xoxo


  8. Tracy
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 12:02:46

    What a lovely post, Jo! I love that song. I love rainbows. 🙂


  9. roseelaineblog
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 12:13:59

    Beautiful word and beautiful photos Joanna, thanks for sharing 🌹


  10. I tripped over a stone.
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 11:06:20

    Now you’ve made me cry! “They” don’t know everything! After a difficult delivery my parents were told I would never move my right arm. (Birth trauma.) Well my parents neglected to tell me and I move my arm! The doctors still do not know how or why. So stay away from my rainbow! ~Kim 😉


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  13. magickmermaid
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:43:11

    So true! Everyone’s song is different and special! 🙂


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