Song Spotlight: “Wind Beneath My Wings”
- Mood: Sincere
- Themes: Support, Gratitude
- Tempo: Slow, relaxed
- Genre/Style: Pop
During a season of change, Bette Midler’s iconic song, “Wind Beneath My Wings” can be a strong musical container for processing the changes in life, while leading to a discussion of ways you can receive and offer support.
Originally written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley, this song was first recorded for a country and western album by the Australian singer, Kamahl. He never released the song commercially because he felt that it did not sound good in the country style.
After passing through the hands of many other artists, “Wind Beneath My Wings” became a hit in 1988 when Bette Midler sang it in her iconic style for the movie Beaches.
The lyrics of “Wind Beneath My Wings” express the dynamic feelings one may experience while providing support for others. In the same breath, it also expresses the gratitude felt by those receiving support.
The lyrics express the highs one can achieve while acknowledging those who have assisted them along in their journey to where they are. The song can relate to a variety of relationships, from parent to child, friend to friend, and even of people giving and receiving care from others.
Here are some of the lyrics:
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
To never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine,
that’s your way.
You always walked a step behind.
Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings.
It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
But I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.
Sometimes expressing gratitude or receiving care from those around us is challenging, especially when we’re receiving help from those around us during a vulnerable time of change. But letting others know when you are experiencing a difficult time and reaching out to those to whom you are connected can help others better understand what you are experiencing, form a stronger connection, and give you better support.
Theme – Support, gratitude – This song would fit well in a support or gratitude theme to celebrate the individuals in your group or to promote connections and support within the group. Encourage the group to reminisce by their favorite memories of times they’ve felt supported.
Movement: Use scarfs to do expressive movement along with this song.
Discuss: Read the lyrics and discuss ways to show or express support to others within the group. Discuss memories of times when you were supported or supported others in the achievements and challenges of life.
Write thank you letters to others and yourself to express gratitude for the support they’ve provided. (You can choose to keep or send them)
Other complementary songs may include “Count on Me”, “Let Me Be There,” and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There).”
What is your favorite song that shows support? What other Bette Midler songs do you enjoy? Please leave your comments below!
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