I wrote this inspirational speech for a Toastmasters presentation. At the time I was feeling very inspired by music and reclaiming my former love for it.
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Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
~Ludwig Van Beethoven~
You know, I have found that to be so true. There is a song for every occasion. I remember when I was at Ridgeway campus. If my friends needed music for a party or just to listen to something, they would often come to me. I had a great collection.
Over the years I managed to pack my computer, which had a storage capacity of 10 gigabytes at the time, with over 7 gigabytes of music. That was over 2000 songs or 7000 minutes of listening time. You could put the player on shuffle and listen to music for 5 days, 24 hours a day without ever having to hear the same song twice.
Inspirational speech – Music for every occasion
There was music there for every mood I was in.
When I felt like “getting Jiggy with it” I just slammed the volume high on the “Woox” bass system and I was gone. Too bad if my neighbours were studying because I just had to let loose. The good thing was that even if the neighbours came banging on the door for me to turn it down I could not hear them! Nanananananana...nanana
When I was ...uhh... in love... there music to go with it. The music took that intangible and inexpressible feeling of being in love and turned it into words that made sense. And even without words the instruments could express it so clearly. I could just lie down on the bed, stare at the roof and listen.. and I knew: “Love will find a way; Anywhere I go ; I'm home; If you are there beside me.”
Well... it didn’t always find a way. But it did at the right time.
When I was sad I could count on the music. Not so much to cheer me up, but to share the sadness with me. Sometimes you need to wallow in your misery a little and have your pity party. And perhaps even... a good cry. Boys II Men told me to “just hold on”... They said:
“I know you've been going through some things
The pain you hold inside's written on your face
Well, so am I, but I know things can change
Well, you can die, you can sigh, you can cry, till you’re midnight blue
But that's not you, no, no
Cause I know you're stronger
And I felt stronger through the music.
Inspirational speech – the loss of a love
Then, shortly after I finished my studies I had to sell the computer. I lost all the music despite my best efforts to copy it... it was all copy-protected.
That was a huge blow and I have never gotten myself to get back into collecting music as much as I did then. I haven’t enjoyed music as much as I did then.
Yesterday, as I came from work I felt really tired and drained of energy. So, remembering how much music had helped me over the years I decided to take the long route home and listen to some music on the way.
Inspirational speech – the reclaiming of a love
So I started with some Jimmy Buffet’s “Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you”
Then I remembered R. Kelly and slipped in the CD. “Men, it’s been a while,” I thought. Yo, Kelly, show me what you got, baby! SO we started “stepping in the name of love” and then we talked about how we’ve “been around the world and gets nothin’ but love.” That was a great song.
Then, from that noise and hype, a quiet tune came on...
It's the worlds greatest,...
I am a mountain
I am a tall tree
Ohhh, I am a swift wind
Sweepin' the country
I am a river
Down in the valley
Ohhh, I am a vision
And I can see clearly
If anybody asks u who I am
Just stand up tall look 'em in the face and say
I'm that star up in the sky
I'm that mountain peak up high
Hey, I made it
I'm the worlds greatest
And I'm that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it mmm
I'm the worlds greatest
I am a giant
I am an eagle
I am a lion
Down in the jungle
I am a marchin' band
I am the people
I am a helpin' hand
And I am a hero
If anybody asks u who I am
Just stand up tall look 'em in the Face and say... I’m the world’s greatest.
By the time I got home, like Muhammed Ali, I felt like the world’s greatest.
Inspirational speech - conclusion
So if you ever feel sad, if you ever feel lonely, if you ever feel happy, or if you ever feel ecstatic...
remember... the music is there for you no matter what your mood. Just let the music Play....
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