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     Like many of you, I love music.  I love the way music can make me feel.  I love the way music can help me leave my struggles behind or help me work through my struggles.  I am so thankful for the gift of music in my life.
     Today I want to share with you the lyrics from “Let it Go”.  For those few of you who may not know the song, it is sung by Idina Menzel in the most recent Disney animated film “Frozen“.  This song is currently my number one work out song.  It motivates me to run faster, push through the fatigue, and to think about something cold when my face is red and dripping with sweat.  (One added benefit – I always want to sing it loudly at the gym, but people look at me funny when I do that, so I have to channel my desire to sing back into my workout.)
     The melody of the song is powerful and Idina Menzel’s voice is gorgeous. I can get lost in the song for these things alone.  The lyrics, however, are equally as powerful.  Here they are with a few thoughts the lyrics bring to the surface for me:
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.
One of the most insidious and, thus, common thoughts that each of us have had is this one:  “I am alone.  No one understands me.”

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried

I’ve lost control.

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Who can’t relate to trying to be someone else’s version of perfect?  Maybe you can’t fully be yourself at work? Maybe your parents want you to be someone other than who you are?  When we work hard to hide who we really are, eventually something breaks.

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

That happened.  I’m still alive.  I was myself and it felt good.  I don’t want to be what other people expect anymore.

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

I’m going to change and that is going to change the world around me.  The storm that was going on inside of me, will now continue outside of me.

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all

Perspective can make a lot of difference.

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

The pendulum is swinging the other way.  Maybe too far, but I have to see what the opposite of living to someone else’s expectations feels like.  What will it be like to live for myself?

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

I’ve been living for myself for a little while – wow, it feels good!  I need others to let go of the expectations, just as I have done.  I’m never going to be that person you tried to get me to be.

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

Things are not perfect yet.  I’m still working on learning who “I” am.  There is still conflict between who I am and who I want to be, who I am and who you want me to be.  That conflict or “storm” no longer scares me into submission.

Side note:  IMDB says that in one original discussion of the plot of what would become the movie Frozen, there had been a thought to make Elsa an “evil witch” like character.  However, it was decided that this song was too deep, too empowering to be sung by a villain.  Thus, the story was rewritten.

What do you think of my analysis?  Do you agree, disagree, or just see another interpretation?

What song(s) are you listening to when you work out?