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You Light Up My Life: A Song In My Youth

Updated on October 20, 2014

If there is one song that reminds me of my childhood, I think You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone is the one. I don’t know why since the song is not intended for children, I think, but what I remember is that I usually hear this song being played always on the radio in my neighborhood. It is the first long song I can truly sing aside from the usual children’s songs of my time. I like the song’s easy tempo and the way it was sung by Debby Boone, soft at the beginning then turns a little louder at the chorus.

I remember in my second year in high school, we were asked to each sing a song in an outfit or dress appropriate to the song we were going to sing as part of the subject curriculum. If one is not confident about his voice, he can do lip synch as long as you know the lyrics of the song and you will be able to follow it. Our grades depended on our participation so there is no escaping the program. We even invited other teachers to watch and judge our performances. A classmate who sang the song High School Life wore her class uniform. Others wore their Sunday dress, polo with long sleeves and Barong Tagalog for the boys. I, who chose to sing this song, wore my graduation dress which I used when I graduated from elementary. It was below the knee, with ruffles on the sleeves and lots of lace. I practiced hard singing this song, complete with hand and body gestures, and I was confident that I could do it since I have been singing this song for so long. I watched my classmates one by one as they sang, others were nervous, others were calm. Most were wonderful in their numbers. When my time came, I became so nervous that I could hardly sing loud enough for everyone to hear. I cannot even move my hands, I just stood there murmuring my song in the microphone. I saw my teacher prodding me to sing louder and to move my arms and sway my body a bit to the music but I just can't. When I finished my song, I almost cried because of humiliation. Good thing I have friends who were with me always during that time and told me that everything's alright.

Debby Boone

Debby Boone is not the original singer of this song. But it is her version that became a huge success, always topping the Billboard Hot 100 for many weeks. It also gave Debby numerous nominations and awards in different award giving bodies like the Grammy Award and the American Music Award. Then she went on to singing country music like In Memory of Your Love. She later focused on singing Christian music.

Here is a video of Debby Boone singing You Light Up My Light.

Which cover of You Light Up My Life have you heard? And which one do you prefer?

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      This song seems popular enough that others are still recording it.

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      lundyart 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for your review of this great song.

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      marsha32 

      4 years ago

      I've been trying to find my piano book with You Light Up My Life in it.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @writerkath: Brings back memories, right? Thank you for the visit.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks again, WriterJanis.

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      writerkath 

      4 years ago

      I well remember this song! Used to sing it all the time! :)

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      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      Back to check this out again. I really like her version of the song.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: That's true. I just charged it to experience. Thanks for dropping by.

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      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      Sorry to hear about your singing experience. Sometimes nerves can get the best of us.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @georgepmoola2: Thanks for the visit.

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      georgepmoola2 

      4 years ago

      Good review.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @delia-delia: Thanks for dropping by.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks for the kind words.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I also like "If Ever I See You Again".

    • asereht1970 profile imageAUTHOR

      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @WinWriter: Same here. I am also now a church choir member but I can never sing solo.

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      Delia 

      4 years ago

      I've always liked this song...I'm sorry you could not bring yourself to sing louder, but you made the attempt and that's what was important. I'm sure you have a great voice and sing all the time.

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      WinWriter 

      4 years ago

      I remember this song! It brings back some memories listening to it. Sorry to hear about your experience singing it in front of your high school. I used to get real nervous too when I tried to sing. Now, I sing in a large church choir and love it. I'm still not confident enough to do a solo yet. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      I have always liked this song and it certainly was very popular in the talent shows a few decades back, but what a very sad memory association you have with the song. I am so sorry you felt humiliated. I would give that little girl, meaning you of course, a lot of credit and praise for being willing to even get up there and try.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      @Charito1962: Know what? Both my Mom and I like that song, too.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I also like "If Ever I See You Again".

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      christasquidoos 

      4 years ago

      Great lens! I love your lens topics!

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