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Ponderings: On Love

Updated on September 4, 2016
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My Inspiration

In 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 1st week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word love.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

The ripple effect of the Good Words Project throughout the HubVille community has been heartwarming.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word love...

Love in Music

I understood music well before I understood love.

As a child of the 1960s, my home was filled with the London Beat and the British Invasion. I teethed on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand.

With a Georgia peach of a Momma, I know my fair share of Country Music and the Nashville Sound as we listened to The Grand Ole Opry and watched Hee Haw on television each week.

My Pop was a Railroad Conductor so I guess that explains my affinity for Soul such as Motown and R & B and Soul -- come to think of it, I still understand music more than I understand love...!

I can be anywhere, thinking of a person with love and a song will pop into my mind. This can include funerals, hospitals, weddings, all kinds of places. Some people I love have an actual song that I associate with them. They may / may not be aware of what that song is...!

Sometimes lyrics fly through my mind and it helps me just get centered...instead of, oh, perhaps inserting my foot in my mouth... :)

How about you? Are there any songs or lyrics that scream out LOVE to these do to me? If so, please share YOURS in the comment section below... thanks, mar!

Love in Lyrics

I'm young, I know, but even so - I know a thing or two - And I learned from you (1) ... I'm not trying to make you feel uncomfortable - I'm not trying to make you anything at all - But this feeling doesn't come along everyday - And you shouldn't blow the chance - When you've got the chance to say (2) ... Once on a high and windy hill - In the morning mist - Two lovers kissed - And the world stood still - Then your fingers touched - My silent heart and taught it how to sing (3) ... Here, making each day of the year - Changing my life with a wave of her hand - Nobody can deny that there's something there (4)

The Beatles: "Here, There and Everywhere"

Lyrical Love

Believe me you really don't have to worry - I only want to make you happy (5) ... Bright are the stars that shine - Dark is the sky - I know this love of mine - Will never die - And I love her (6) ...

The Beatles: "And I Love Her"

Lyrics of Love

You gave me wings and made me fly - You touched my hand I could touch the sky - I lost my faith, you gave it back to me - You said no star was out of reach - You stood by me and I stood tall (7) ... If you wanted the moon - I would try to make a star - But I, would rather you let me give my heart (8) ... Whenever I'm alone with you - You make me feel like I am home again - Whenever I'm alone with you - You make me feel like I am whole again (9) ... Ran into a juke joint when I heard a guitar scream, - The notes were turning blue when I fell into a dream - As the music played I saw my life turn around - That was the day before (10) ... Sometimes I stare into space - Tears all over my face - I can't explain it - Don't understand it - I hadn't ever felt like this before - Now that funny feeling has me amazed - Don't know what to do - My head's in a haze (11) ... I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows - If I fail, if I succeed - At least I'll live as I believe - No matter what they take from me - They can't take away my dignity (12) ...You're asking me will my love grow - I don't know, I don't know - You stick around now it may show - I don't know, I don't know (13) ...

The Beatles: "Something"

Artist - Song - Words of Love

Nazareth - Love Hurts (1); Olivia Newton John - I Honestly Love You (2); The Four Aces - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (3); Beatles - Here, There And Everywhere (4); The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You (5); Beatles - And I Love Her (6); Celine Dion - Because You Loved Me (7); Lulu - To Sir With Love (8); The Cure - Lovesong (9); Beatles - Something (10); B. B. King - When Love Came To Town (11); Martha & The Vandellas - Heat Wave (12); Whitney Houston - Greatest Love of All (13)

I'm Calling Martie Out


Speaking of Love...

Let's keep Project Good Words going... what do you say?

For my part, I'm going to keep going with my musical reflections. The way Jo and Shyron have been working steadily at their inspirations and poetry, I'd say I have my work cut out for me!

Fortunately for me, I love to challenge myself and I have some time between classes this summer so the timing is perfect!

And at the end of each of my musical reviews, I'm going to pass the Project Good Words baton to a dear friend in the Hubber community who emulates the Word of the day.

It should be no surprise that when I think of Love, my mind rushes to my soul mate, South African cyber-Sista, Martie Coetser.

Thanks for agreeing to accept the baton... I hope everyone has a chance to check out your fabulous hub as well.

© Maria Jordan (July, 2014)


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      And as I discover this wonderful feedback, wishing you a peaceful and joy filled 2016.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      4 years ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Interesting theme and I enjoyed reading :) Merry Christmas and may God bless you!

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for being so LOYAL, dear Car51.

    • Car51 profile image


      5 years ago

      Will stop back on Monday! Enjoy this dreary week-end -- do indoor things!

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Well, have caught up now and thanks for stopping back -- I aim to publish a Good Word every Monday...Love, Maria

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      5 years ago

      HMM, I saw this Hub three months ago, but missed all the others...

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy Monday to all...

      Nellieanna, So wonderful 'talking to you' through the weekend and happy that we are both going to ease up on the next 'good word' assignment on your end. There are wonderful words that Jo keeps coming up with so we are not likely to run short in supply.

      Car, You have been juggling so much. I appreciate you stopping by whenever you have the time, especially as HP is not always reliable in notifications.

      Love to you both, Maria

    • Car51 profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow, where did this come from? How did I miss it? Your energy and versatility amaze me! Happy Friday! Car

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Maria - responding to all this Love project comprises the most actual writing I've done, well, since this miserable CTS struck several weeks ago. I've been to the ranch and had to do some computer stuff connected with the ranch which amply showed me what I can't do successfully, i.e.: without painful consequences. But it feels so good to do a bit more than I should for the sake of my heart and soul!

      Yes, I will have to hold off, for sure, though. But it's with a nice glow. Thank you and hugs back. (my arms are not affected by the ghastly thing, nor is my heart! haha)

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh dear Theresa, I admit I read your comment and was immediately distracted at the swirling of activity that has been going on around my house by the name of Andy Jordan! And thanks to the lovely Nellieanna, I can properly thank you for stopping back with your sweet remarks.

      And Nellieanna, I just came from Genna's hub...the nurse in me is screaming...oh gosh, please watch the length of your comments but thank you ever so much for letting us all know what has been going on. Believe me, girlfriend, you are REAL and always will be to those of us who LOVE you...and lady, there are a whole bunch of us in this community alone who fit that category... so please rest up, read away and know that we are all here waiting for whenever you are able to publish some poetry for us. In the meantime, sending positive energy, hugs and all the love you can manage!!

      Have a happy and peaceful Friday to two of my favorite ladies...glad you have met up with each other as well as you are "two peas in a pod" to me! Love you both, Maria

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Maria - I LOVE this project and your hub is wonderful! I came here from Genna's hub on passing the baton, in order to trace its origins. I wrote a lengthy comment there explaining why I'm less active online right now, so I won't explain it again.

      How true - associating people I love with special music that was 'ours' or was mine when the persons were much a part of my life. Many of my loves are no longer living, but when I hear those songs, - they spring alive. Many songs come to mind and to heart when I think of my George. He adored music, played favorites on his harmonica and in his last few years, made lists of those favorites so he couldn’t forget them He was born in 1922, so his heart was with the songs of the 30s and 40s, but when I hear one he always paused whenever he heard and said he loved it: Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You”, I’m filled with the immediacy of the way he loved, unconditionally, not by appointment or special occasion, but with just plain, abiding, deep-felt LOVE. That was what he loved about the message of that song.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Maria, thank you for sharing that tidbit there about the SFAM (Sistas From Another Mother) via Paula ... via Linda Sue! I love it : )

      Isn't is amazing that we can use the Internet to spread LOVE all around the world and experience LOVE from those near and far, as there are no boundaries when it comes to LOVE.

      Hugs and much love to all

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Eddy- Thank you for stopping by and especially for sharing your favorite song, which happens to be one of mine as well...!

      Jo- How wonderful to see you here as well and to have such humbling feedback. I am so inspired by you and this initiative...I hope you make time soon to stop by Martie's amazing essay on LOVE that she just published yesterday. You will absolutely (gotta repeat myself here) LOVE it...I promise!

      May you both have a peaceful weekend. Hugs, Maria

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      6 years ago


      Oh, how beautiful this is! I am so humbled that a writer of your talent is helping to share these good words. I feel so very blessed to know you.

      "And to know you is to love you", and I do! yes, I do!" ( Bobby Vinton)

      This is so very beautiful. Shared, tweet and up into the arms of the angels! Blessings & hugs. ((((((((( Maria)))))))))))

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      6 years ago from Wales

      This is a wonderful hub Maria ; my favourite song has to be I Believe . this is such and inspiring hub and has to be voted up.

      Wishing you a great day and lots of love from Wales.


    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I'm not surprised to hear this, dear Sha... :))

      Genna, "It is part of the fiber of my being - like love"... Yes, you have described music perfectly. I am listening to Martie's response hub...I have been off and on, she has included TWO solid hours of Love songs of the 1980s...absolutely awesome!

      Hoping you both have a peaceful night. Love, Maria

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh, Maria. I was so in tune with this hub! I, too, grew up with music; it is part of the fiber of my being – like love. When I write, I often write to music, or with a melody or phrase whispering within. “The girl can’t help it.” :-)

      What a stunning article and inspirational challenge; I agree with Bill; passing the baton to Martie is the perfect choice. Voted way up, shared and more.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, that's a trip. Color My World and Imagine are my two all time favorite songs!

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Ya'll,

      Paula, You are checking over my Linda Sue, you 'and' Pharrell will all be featured in upcoming hubs...only you don't realize it yet!

      Gail, We totally agree about The Beatles. I am fairly sure these three songs came from their album called Love Songs! Thanks for your beautiful remarks.

      Jim, I know you have soulful taste in music, as I have loved the tunes you have shared with me. Feel free to hop back to this or any of my upcoming musical hubs to offer your 'croakals'!

      Sha Sha, I love the honesty and depth of your comment. I easily have a song that comes to mind about you and I just heard it. I was driving to see Gail and I had a hankering to hear "The Best of Chicago"... I'm grooving along and all the sudden .........."Color My World" came on and I got all teary (yeah, on the freeway...) and I thought immediately of YOU and your rose colored glasses. And yeah, I was rocking it....with windows, my dear if I embarrassed anyone, it would be ME...!

      Jackie, Great to see you...oh yes, I also connect songs to events. I am starting to think music has way too much influence in my life (LOL)! Thanks so much for stopping by...

      Hoping you all have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from the beautiful south

      I love music too and think it just can make such a difference in who we are. I never connected songs to people but certainly to events in my life. Beautiful writing and song selection. ^

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, I love your song choices. I learned to love music long before I learned to love as well. I don't think I really knew love until I had my son. Of course, there's love for parents and siblings, but there was a lot of animosity on my part during my growing up years. Divorce, re-marriage, new sibling, moves, never knowing what it's like to have life-long friendships, etc.

      I equate music with times in my life and certain people that have made a lasting effect in my heart. As far as songs reminding me of love? I think I lack there. It's more like what could have been.

      I love your take on the baton you accepted. Martie is the perfect choice to pass it on to.

      You're a doll and I love you lots.

      You said your friends bring songs to mind. Please email me with what song I bring to mind. Unless, of course, I won't be embarrassed by the correlation - then feel free to post it here.

      Love to you my sweet friend,


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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I'm a love song sort of guy and write my own music. Little known by most. Maria you know my penchant to include music in my more soulful articles. I'll think about this some more.


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Maria,

      Simply beautiful. The world can never get enough of beautiful love songs, loving words and poetry.

      One of the things I loved most about the Beatles was their love songs.

      Voting this up across the board except for funny.

      Sending You Love & Hugs,


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      6 years ago from Carson City

      To give credit where credit is due:.....I was introduced to" SFAM" by none other than my SFAM, Linda Sue. I appreciate the acronym since women do tend to embrace other really good female friends as family. In my case, I do so very selectively due to the fact that ANY one who can slide into a position exclusively held by my only sister & closest one HELL of a human being......

      Well, slap my a$$ if I haven't gained myself a whole damned cluster of SFAMS here at HP!! As Pharrell sings......"I'm HAPPY!"

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, dear friends!

      Bill, thanks for always being so faithful and supportive - you are such a dear friend.

      Vicki, thanks for the amazing musical link you sent me - it's addictive! I'm also looking forward to reading Martie's post on 'love'.

      Mike, you offer some of the most beautiful comments, this being no exception. Being an impressionable gal, I am reaching for Bread (cd, silly...) and then yes, some Sidney would be a nostalgic way to spend the afternoon. Thanks for sharing lyrics...hmmmm...

      Paula, your response makes me giddy with know I'll be in touch...

      Ruby, I tried to keep my promise to you and darling, I will be in touch with you as well...!

      A huge big ole THANK YOU to Martie for agreeing to take the LOVE baton...! I know you will do a beautiful job as only you can...take your time! I already 'love' your comment and your song lyrics...!

      Faith, Paula uses an expression...SFAM (Sistas From Another Mother) and that is what we all are... Miss Sammie said the same thang that Jo's Mom and your Momma said. She was also from GA as you know! SO happy you are back fro your busy and happy days with family and thanks for this amazing comment!

      Vellur, I agree with you - so great to see you!

      Pamela, thanks for your wonderful feedback and for sharing too.

      Have a great day everyone - listen to your favorite music! Hugs, Maria

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Matia, This is such a postivie hub and so uplifiting. I think it is a great idea and glad you have taken on this line of writing. Awesome hub - shared!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful theme to write about, music is the spirit and soul of life. A great hub.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, that is so amazing that Jo's mother said the exact thing my precious and sweet mother told us growing up about not saying anything at all if we do not have anything nice to say! She has, indeed, started a wonderful endeavor with her Light2Love project.

      Oh, wow, Maria, I believe we are "sistas" as I was a child of the 60s too and grew up listening to all of the same music you did and do, plus I grew up in Georgia ... how sweet ... as a Georgia peach LOL ... I could not wait to watch the Ed Sullivan Show, American Band Stand and Soul Train! Thankfully, my dad loved all kinds of music from rock to Motown to country, and we watch The Grand Ole Opry too.

      I cannot even imagine a world without music, and I believe we grew up during the best time for music, but I may be biased. LOL Music has always been a huge part of my life, especially growing up as it made everything alright.

      When I read your wonderful musical challenge, the song that came to my mind ... "We Are Family" I got all my sisters with me

      We are family - Get up everybody and sing - Everyone can see we're together - As we walk on by - And we fly just like birds of a feather - I'm not telling no lie - All of the people around us to say - Can we be that close - Just let me state for the record - We're giving LOVE in a family dose, yeah -

      I know cyber-sista, Martie, is full of love and loves you dearly.

      (((Hugs))) and much love to all

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Wow, a challenge! How I LOVE to be challenged.

      Oh, Mar, you have pulled some wonderful memories of love with titles and lyrics of songs in this hub of yours. Thanks for giving me the baton. Give me a day or three, and then see me run with it.

      I am so happy to have you as my soul mate sista online, and how privileged we are to have the most wonderful and adorable brothers and sisters. Without any doubts we are a perfect happy family. Maybe we should invite all who are NOT sure if they are one of we/us to give us a sign, so we can send them a song of love..... just to confirm that they are part of the family.

      And guess what song came to mind?

      "Consider yourself....."

      Lots of hugs to you, Mar, and to all our 'siblings' online.....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You had me from ' the get go ' Every lyric ran through my head as i read your selections. Wonderful music. Beautiful words, what could be better? I'm excited that you're adding to this good words project with music. A world without music would be so dull. Waiting for Martie's response. Love you, Ruby.

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      6 years ago from Carson City

      Hey Maria......"Music," truly is the Universal language......and makes the world go round....connecting hearts, creating rainbows and wiping away us strength and soothes our pain....

      "To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe.... To try when your arms are too reach the unreachable star....This my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how fight for the right without question or be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause....and I know, if I'll only be true to this glorious quest....that my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest. And the world will be better for this, that one soul, scorned and covered with scars, still strove with her last ounce of courage.....To reach the unreachable star.

      Peace, GF...........Love you, Paula

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What a wonderful gift. Mar posted a Hub. And a music centric Hub, who could have guessed? It is so good to see you, your support of Jo_Goldsmith11 and S Shyron E Shenko is praiseworthy. The cause behind the project is important on a very human scale. This kind of reminds me of Lilies of the Field, perhaps when we are done we will have built a chapel.

      Oh – song lyrics ‘the love she waited for, wouldn’t you know it, she wouldn’t show it…..’

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      6 years ago

      Dear Maria,

      This is beautiful, and a lovely way to showcase your musical knowledge of love!

      Look forward to hearing all about Love ❤️from Sista Martie! That should be an eye opener!

      Love, Vicki

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful reflection, Maria, and the perfect choice to pass the baton on to. Well done, and the subject matter is synonymous with your name.

      blessings and hugs dear lady



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