my favorite song

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This essay is about a yoruba song that i really love and i totally enjoyed putting how i feel while listening to that music into writing. I hope you enjoy reading and feel a glimpse of the joy, freedom and love with which this writing is themed.

Alphonse de Lamartine quotes, “Music is the literature of the heart, it commences where speech ends”. Music is magical and deep, an experience with good music is like taking your heart and soul to a masseuse for a relaxing and refreshing massage. Music is an extension of the goodness of our hearts into world, an exchange of energy and a mirror that allows us to see the soul of others and the world at large. Music beautifies and increases our level of existence. From the sounds of the violin to the sonorous voices of the choir, to the subtle bangs of the piano keys and the indigenous sound and rhythm, I follow the music and allow it to teleport me to its origin. “Magbagbemi” by S k Oretimehin is my favorite song that brightens my day and leaves a smile on my face after listening. This song is my favorite song because it reminds me of the people that I love, it encourages me to always create long lasting memories with people, and it also teaches me to love.

One of the reasons why I love this song is because it reminds me of the people that I love. The song is written and performed in Yoruba language – a popular language in the southwestern part of Nigeria. The line, “Magbagbemi” which translates in English as “do not forget me” is repeated three times throughout the chorus to reemphasize the purpose and message of the song. Being an international student and being away from all my loved ones sometimes is not the most fun experience as it gets boring and lonely sometimes, but Listening to this song, with lyrics like “bo ju ba tun tun ara ri, bi omi tuntun dun lenu, Ife lo je ka tun ara ri” which means “love can make us meet again my love, love can make the water we once drank together sweet again, love will surely make us meet again”. evokes different kinds of emotion. Sometimes I smile while listening, sometimes I cry, other times I just lay down on my bed reminiscing all the good times I have ever had with the people that I love. This song does what it was intended to do to the listener, it transports me everywhere. I just close my eyes, listen with my ear pods and follow each piano note, ride on the strings and land with each lyric painting different pictures in my mind. I could be anything in that moment, I could be hugging or receiving flowers or dancing with the stars in the beach, I could be at the dinner table with my family or movie night with friends. I could be cuddling with my love or kissing in the dark. The list of where I can be while listening to that song is endless. A popular adage says that “you do not know what you have until it is no longer there”, not being with my family and friends now, has thought me to live in the moment and cherish every moment that I get to spend with people, those who are dear to me and those aren’t close. I believe meeting people is a beautiful experience and everyone should be remembered for their uniqueness. An example is a Nigerian artist, Sound sultan, who passed on last Sunday and I was deeply hurt and sad. He was only 44 and had battled Angioimmunoblastic T- cell Lymphoma – a throat cancer till death. I never met the artist, but his music was one that I had listened to since my childhood. The more I surfed the internet, the more of his pictures I saw, the sadder I got. I started to panic in that moment, I felt tired suddenly, I felt a deep hole in my heart, like my soul had gone on a brief trip to nowhere, I felt the movement of the epithelial linen fluid in my body moving like a river, I was cold and sweating. I began to pray and couldn’t imagine losing anybody close to me. I was scared and then I picked up my phone and listened to “Magbagemi”. I cried as I listened, but I was also relieved as I relished the beautiful moments once shared with my family and friends. In that moment, the song scared the fear in my mind away.

The second reason why I love this song is because it encourages me to always create beautiful memories whenever I am with people. The whole song tells the story of two lovers who could only be together for a short period of time and at the verge of ending their relationship because of distance between them. The song describes how they had spent their times creating ample memories together and enjoying each other’s company as captured in the lyrics like “ranti ojo ri ri je, ranti ojo ai ri mu, ranti ajo ta jo lo, ko ranti oro ta dijo so” which means “remember when we had plenty of food to eat, remember when we also had nothing to eat, remember when we travelled a thousand miles together and how we talked through it all”. Sometimes, when I am alone, the thoughts that largely remain with me is what a loved one had once said to me, it keeps my heart beating, strengthens my bones, and keeps me going through tough and difficult time. I love to remember assuring and positives words once said to me by my father, sister, or friend. I wake up every day and call myself a name that someone dear to me calls me. whenever I say the name, it paints the picture of my beauty, grace, and glory to me and that is how I see myself for the rest of the day, I draw strength and confidence from words said to me by loved ones. The thought that someone somewhere over six thousand miles away love me dearly strengthens me daily.

The third reason why I love “Magbabemi” is because it teaches me to Love. Every belted “Se iranti mi” screams passion. the artist, S.K Oretimehim expresses and sings the song with a deep love and passionate interpretation that I can almost feel my heart drop out of my body every time I listen, I have definitely listened over a thousand times by now. The theme of love is present and strongly represented throughout, in words like “Ife lo je ka tun ara ri, ife to da aye ati orun” which means “we shall meet again because of love, because of love which created heaven and the earth”. I take that to be a very powerful and strong word to say about love. A depiction of truth about love. Love is creative, love is magical, and love is powerful, as powerful as creating the heaven, sun, moon, stars and everything beautiful under the sun. just reflecting on the creative power of love that this song reminds me of helps me to think bigger and even love harder.

“Magbagemi” will always be dear to my heart and be my favorite song. It takes me rightfrom my listening spot, on a priceless adventure to see the world through the eyes of love. Listening and reflecting on the song is an experience that I am always grateful for. whenever I listen to it, it transforms me into a better person and expands my level of existence. I wish that more people across cultures and belief can experience this song the way I do.

 


Submitted: October 12, 2021

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