This song was inspired by a psychological experiment. Some college students were split into two groups, and each group was given a list of words to memorize. They were told it was a memory test. One group was given a list consisting of words that described the aging process and various conditions of illness. The other group got a list that simply contained "positive" words.
After they had time to study their lists, the students were told to leave the room they were in, and go down the hall to another room where they would be tested to see how much they remembered. However, the real experiment was to observe (through cameras) any differences in how the students walked down the hall; they wanted to see if spending time with those words had any impact on how they function.
The students that memorized the list of words about aging and illness walked down the hall slower, with more of a slouch, gloomier expressions, and a noteworthy lack of energy.
The students that memorized the list of positive words walked down the hall with a noticeable spring in their step, with happier expressions on their faces, and an obvious vitality that was missing from the other group.
My take-away is this: hanging out with positive thoughts generates positive energy, and enhances well-being. Hanging out with negative thoughts reduces well-being. This gave me an idea: why don't I write a song that just has positive thoughts? Rather then preach or teach or coach or tell a story, these are just positive ideas to be with - and benefit from.
So these lyrics are not really affirmations per se, there's no story, no message, no lesson to learn; it's not really even coaching for living better. They are just thoughts or ideas that most of us would consider positive.
And to enhance the positive ideas, to help people tolerate so much positivity, I wanted to write beautiful melodies to help make the positive ideas enjoyable to be with.
As I was writing these, I knew I had a good one if it made me laugh. If it's so ridiculously and outrageously positive that it makes me laugh at how positive it is, that is probably a healthy energy to submerse our minds and emotions in; it's just "good energy" to resonate with.
This is a gentle, peaceful piece. I only used Harp and Steel String Acoustic Guitar.
This features Sara on Lead Vocal. I did both of the instruments on this tune.
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