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“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” Les Brown

By Heart: I'm Wishing On A Star...The Sun is a Star

By Heart: I’m Wishing On A Star…The Sun is a Star

Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star

Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star Lyrics | AzLyrics
Songwriters: Calvin, Billie Rae
Published/Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
I’m wishin’ on a star
To follow where you are
I’m wishin’ on a dream
To follow what it means

I’m wishin’ on a star
To follow where you are
I’m wishin’ on a dream
To follow what it means

And I wish on all the rainbows that I see
I wish on all the people who really dream
And I’m wishin’ on tomorrow, praying it’ll come
And I’m wishin’ on all the lovin’ we’ve ever done

What’s the first song that comes to mind? When you are asked to name a song or poem you’ve committed to memory, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Don’t edit or censor yourself. Go for that first impulse and then reflect on why, what and all the memories attached to the experience. When today’s prompt, By Heart, caught my attention, it took me back, way back, to a time when love was innocent and having a boyfriend meant someone you had an occasional movie date with. It was probably a time many of us spent imagining what love, friendship and relationships could become. I grew up surrounded by music and enjoyed listening to it. I love lots of songs yet, this one popped right into my head and I decided to explore it.

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.” John Lennon

By Heart: I'm Wishing On A Star... Rose Royce collage

By Heart: I’m Wishing On A Star… Rose Royce collage

Beyonce – Wishing on a star

I never thought I’d see
A time when you would be
So far away from home
So far away from me

Just think of all the moments that we spent
I just can’t let you go, for me you were meant
And I didn’t mean to hurt you, but I know
That in the game of lovin’, reap what you sow

I feel it’s time we should make up, baby
I feel it’s time for us to get back together
And make the best of things, oh, baby, when we’re together
Whether or never

I feel it’s time we should make up, baby
I feel it’s time for us to get back together
And make the best of things, oh, baby, when we’re together
Whether or never

Does it have a special meaning? Yes, it does. The first time I heard Wishing On A Star, a song on Rose Royce‘s II: In Full Bloom album, I stopped what I was doing and listened to it intently. It spoke to my heart and all the tender yet, confused and painful spaces inside. Ironically, even though they were an American band, this song was hugely popular in the UK and less so in the States. As I listened to Gwen “Rose” Dickey sing, I was flooded with memories of everyone I’d ever met and never saw again; friends and family lost. Some had moved far away and others, had passed away. It was more than a romantic love song to me, and I yearned for the days when every single person I knew was alive and well. It made me sad. Yet, I got a copy and listened to it over and over again. I memorized every inflection and nuanced vocalization in that song. It took a while before something else replaced it. Is there a song that had the same impact on you?

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“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt

By Heart: I'm Wishing On A Star... More stars

By Heart: I’m Wishing On A Star… More Stars

Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star 1977 -THE ORIGINAL- (by SUNNY RAINBOW)

I’m wishing on a star
To follow where you are
I’m wishin’ on a dream
To follow what it means

And I wish on all the rainbows that I see
I wish on all the people we’ve ever been
And I’m hopin’ on all the days to come and days to go
And I’m hopin’ on days of lovin’ you so

I’m wishin’ on a star
To follow where you are
I’m wishing on a star, whoa-oh
And I wish on all the rainbows that I see

I’m wishin’ on a star
To follow where you are
I’m wishin’ on a star
ooh ohh now, how many times has it been

Is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind? I had to consider this question for a while. Why did it resonate so deeply and why did it pop up now? If you saw my Cover Album post, I didn’t include it even though it’s one of my all time favorites. I think it had more to do with pain, change and shifting winds. I’m in the throes of changing priorities, and with it has come some wistful memories of when life was simpler and not complicated. So I will stop now to listen to this song again, and remind myself that no condition is permanent. Life, like the stars has bright and dark moments. This too shall pass.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: By Heart  You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

Positive Motivation Tip: When old songs stop by to remind us of times past, pause and revisit places that need to be healed. Hold on to the good memories and release the rest.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  Star-Sun, Stars, Rose Royce via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

49 Comments leave one →
  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) permalink
    05/11/2014 3:01 pm

    I always make a wish when I catch 11:!1 on the clock. It;s good to have hope!

  2. Courtney permalink
    05/11/2014 3:03 pm

    I always love hearing g favorite songs from the past!!!! Great way to remember great times and great people 🙂

  3. ninasaysblog permalink
    05/11/2014 3:37 pm

    What a great collection of songs. I’ve added them to my playlist.

  4. 05/11/2014 3:50 pm

    I love this song!

  5. 05/11/2014 4:04 pm

    This is a wonderful post. You’ve got to keep your hopes and spirits high in this life.

  6. rmanea permalink
    05/11/2014 5:50 pm

    When i hear the term Wishing Upon a Star there is 1 song i always think of and now the name escapes me..

  7. 05/11/2014 5:58 pm

    Yes, there are many songs that I have been listening to but some just stand out when I carefully analyze the meaning of the lyrics. An example is “It’s Gonna Make Sense” by Michael Learns to Rock.

  8. Elizabeth O. permalink
    05/11/2014 6:28 pm

    Since you reminded me, I am playing Beyonce’s song now.

  9. 05/11/2014 6:39 pm

    All these quotes are so awesome.

    First song that comes to my mine is Louis Armstrong, what a wonderful world. I LOVE that one.

  10. vegetarianmamma permalink
    05/11/2014 7:09 pm

    I love those words. YOu can really look deep into the words and reflect!

  11. 05/11/2014 7:54 pm

    Yes, old songs do have a way of reminding us of the past…thankfully it is all good memories.,

  12. Andrea Callahan permalink
    05/11/2014 9:00 pm

    Love the song selection as always. Really motivating.

  13. 05/11/2014 10:43 pm

    Lovely post, thank you for sharing.

  14. Aisha Kristine Chong permalink
    06/11/2014 3:39 am

    I tend to listen to old songs now and then – idk.. I felt their words are more powerful and I tend to relate more hehe

  15. 06/11/2014 5:00 am

    One of the greatest songs of all time. So many remakes and samples of it too. I just think when I hear this that I have to sit back and reflect on life.

    • 07/11/2014 12:14 am

      Indeed. It is one of my all time favorites. The delivery is outstanding. Thank you for stopping by. You have a great site. Reading your name reminded me of British fashion photographer, David Bailey. 🙂

  16. Jacqueline permalink
    06/11/2014 10:41 am

    I love your posts 🙂 What does it say about me that Eminem is always the first lyrics I can recite from memory? Us kids these days…lol

  17. 06/11/2014 11:58 am

    I do love a song that makes you stop what you are doing and just listen!! Good music touches the soul.

  18. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    06/11/2014 1:12 pm

    These are awesome videos and great questions to ask yourself. Thanks for the insight. 🙂

  19. milenabarrett permalink
    06/11/2014 3:35 pm

    When I am having a bad day sometimes all it takes is for me to here an old song or even a new one that I just love to turn my day around.

  20. Debbie Denny permalink
    06/11/2014 3:37 pm

    In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing… that is an excerpt from The Little Prince and I have always fallen back to it.

  21. Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome) permalink
    06/11/2014 3:40 pm

    thanks I needed some motivation this week, I am ready to throw the blogging towel in

  22. Jason Ellis permalink
    06/11/2014 4:13 pm

    Oh, and I will be there, Just for you. – Nice, cool I like your lyrics. very much inspired. who composed this ?

  23. 06/11/2014 4:43 pm

    Music gets me through everything. I have too many go-to songs to even name!

  24. 06/11/2014 5:44 pm

    I will have to say that when I read the title I started thinking of the Disney song. Thank you for this post.

  25. Nicole Mamatofiveblessings Homeschooling permalink
    06/11/2014 6:42 pm

    This song brings back memories. I remember my listening to this song as a kid.

  26. Elizabeth Towns permalink
    06/11/2014 6:52 pm

    It has special meaning to me too! It is a song that connects me with my older sister and also makes me think about having dreams that connect with the universe. I like the original version best.

  27. 06/11/2014 7:22 pm

    I absolutely love that song! Such a good tune!

  28. Liz Mays permalink
    06/11/2014 7:58 pm

    I’d have to think about it because now that I read the post, I have star songs in my mind. I doubt they would have popped in my mind normally.

  29. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) permalink
    06/11/2014 8:52 pm

    Those are all great songs! And I have always loved that first quote.

  30. 06/11/2014 9:16 pm

    I love Wishing on a Star. My parents used to listen to the original version all the time when I was a little girl.

  31. 07/11/2014 4:42 am

    Now that you told me not to censor it, that is exactly what I am doing lol. I will have to think about it later and see what the first song is that pops into my head.

  32. Maria Iemma permalink
    07/11/2014 5:09 am

    I love your posts, they stay firm on your goals of making them creative and inspirational

  33. 07/11/2014 6:43 am

    I remember listening to this when I was younger with my father who passed. This brings back great memories.

  34. Amy Desrosiers permalink
    07/11/2014 10:23 am

    I used to love this song when i was a kid..great memories.

  35. 07/11/2014 3:36 pm

    I love hearing songs from my past. They mostly bring back memories of a simpler time.

  36. 08/11/2014 3:14 pm

    I love music. I just love how it can absolutely take me away.

  37. pumpkinsfan76 permalink
    05/02/2015 5:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing what this song means to you. I never understood people that music was not important to, or that they could remember what movie went with the song or whatever. Music is important, it makes you feel so many great emotions.

  38. Maddie permalink
    27/01/2016 6:15 am

    This is a great post. I love the song.

  39. jojo vito permalink
    17/04/2020 5:18 am

    Wishing on a star is my favorite things to do when I was a kid…even up to now I do still wish upon a star


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