Slice of Life

Day 7 of 31: Make them Gold

We are made up of our mistakes
We are falling but not alone
We will take the best parts of ourselves
And make them gold
We are made of the smallest stars
We are breathing and letting go
We will take the best parts of ourselves
And make them gold
This isn’t the first time I’ve used a lyric, a verse, a refrain, or a song as inspiration for a blog post. I just started listening to this band on Spotify, recommended to me by someone important, and this song stuck out like…well, gold. The truth is that I feel the most me when I am connected to music. Perhaps this stems from my infant and toddler days when my mother used to sing to me “Tura-Lura-Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby).” Perhaps this is the result of my father’s microphone craving and inability to ever have the radio off. Regardless of where it originates, my life has always been surrounded by music. Although I rarely excel at “Name that Tune,” I can sing the lyrics to almost any song that comes on the radio. Like Make them Gold, I tend to put a song on repeat that I’m particularly drawn to. I love words. I love stories. I love the way the perfect lyric can be a recipe for a moment. I love how songs remind me of very specific moments in my life. Songs transport you into this space; this other world where we are not alone.
As educators, it is our job to help our children see the best parts of themselves and make them gold. Today, we started a journey with some really special people who believe that music does just that and we cannot wait to see how it unfolds.


  • Adrienne says:

    I often find myself saying something to a song melody, or singing when a word reminds me of lyrics. It is amazing how much I remember from long ago, simply because the tune is there to guide me.

  • Bev Baird says:

    The lyrics pack a punch. May all our children see the best of themselves.

  • Lisa V Vahey says:

    ” I love the way the perfect lyric can be a recipe for a moment.” – this is a cool way to think about the interplay of lyrics and our life — it makes me curious, which comes first? And I haven’t heard this song, I’m about to look it up. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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