Tim Hawkins is a very funny guy. Originally from St. Louis, he now tours around the U.S. and Canada, sharing his combination of musical satire and edgy humor. Here is a short example of that humor. The premise: Old rock stars can keep their tunes, but to stay relevant, they need to change their lyrics…
My favorite is the parody of “Hotel California.”
Hilarious. But Tim also makes a valid point.
You see, each one of us has been given a song to sing, and we should never stop singing it. Sure, we take some hits and suffer some setbacks from time to time. And it’s really tempting to just throw up our hands and quit. But if we did, we would be walking away from a significant part of our destiny.
That song – our personal song – puts true meaning in our life. Singing it adds meaning to the lives of those who hear it. By altering its expression – by changing its lyrics while staying true to the tune – we can connect with others in spite of differences in age, gender, nationality, race, and belief systems.
So whether or not The Eagles ever decide to re-record “Hotel California”, take some time to figure out just what your song is. Maybe it has to do with building solid businesses, or healing hearts, or repairing cars, or even entertaining people like Tim Hawkins does. Polish your lyrics to make them relevant to your audience today, and then sing out at the top of your lungs.
As William Purkey said, “Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.”
This one’s for you, Edith.
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