Repetition and Realization

Tunes Time!

Come one, come all,

Gather round and we shall have a ball!

A ball of what?, you ask.

Marianas Trench released the song Haven’t Had Enough in 2011 and the messages in its lyrics are classic.

Welcome to the tunes department, this is christyb and I will be your guide today.

There is frequent repetition in the lyrics. Providing a fun feature for the song at hand, poetry also makes good use of the method. Examples of repetition in Haven’t Had Enough include the lines:

  • testing, testing
  • exit, exit
  • want you, want you

Repetition can add strength to your message as a whole as well as the individual lines. Within the song, the repetition is playful and the video plays right along with its viewers.

Marianas Trench sings about wishes. He wishes he “could go back one time” and begin the relationship again. The relationship is likely on its last legs. Perhaps the couple has had its struggles and he wants the opportunity to make the relationship positive again.

The line “no more last place” implies that he is not willing to give up on the relationship. I imagine him thinking of the past and expressing his regrets about times with his significant other. Likely many listeners are able to identify with regret, and how easy it is to wish we could change the past.

I like the end of the song, when the tone changes within the last ten seconds. When I first heard the song, the change of melody was a surprise feature.

I am reminded of poems I have read that have unexpected endings. The tone or voice changes and the reader is left to decipher the end or marvel at its twists and turns. Now, as I turn and swivel in my leather computer chair, I come upon the ending of my post.

How do you change your own tune and avoid living in the past?


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14 thoughts on “Repetition and Realization

  1. mywithershins

    Become a grandparent! LOL One cannot dwell on the past when there is an adorable little bundle evolving into his own little person right before your very eyes! Nothing else really matters. Not lost love, not regrets – except maybe that you were a bit younger so you had the energy to keep up with a toddling grandson!

    I suppose that’s hard for a younger person to accept. I know it seems to take forever for your path to be clear, to know that there is someone out there that will want to share your future with you. I hope you all can look to the future and close the door to your past, especially if it was painful. Let in the sunshine and let it wash over your souls.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Mywithershins, yes the present and future hold new opportunities. While it is sometimes hard to shed the skin of path difficulties, one has to realize that there will be positive moments to come. Have a wonderful time with your grandson! Thank-you for commenting on the post.

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  2. simon7banks

    Repetition can be very effective when either there are slight changes – you recognise the repeated phrase or the chorus, but there are subtle, small changes in it – or when the identical words are repeated over and over again until the end when they change but still echo the original. These methods were used by the balladeers of medieval and up to 17th century England and Scotland.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Thanks Simon for adding the historical reference. Isn’t it interesting how trends come and go. I hear that if you keep the old ones around long enough they eventually come back into fashion!

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    1. christyb Post author

      Hi MB, thanks for stopping by to comment. I always like reading your opinion about my posts. Yes we do play a role in the path we lead and let’s do our best to make it a fun one! Tag, you’re it!

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  3. Sue Dreamwalker

    ” How do you change your own tune and avoid living in your own Past?”
    ~ Start to live in the NOW.. ~ For the Now moment is all there is… for the future is yet to come and the past is gone and we can do nothing about either.. 🙂 xxx Love and Blessings to you Christyb.. Hugs xx

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    1. christyb Post author

      Love for you as well Sue. You always offer me inspirational words and there you are again today to fill me with your wisdom. Looking at this very moment certainly helps put dilemmas into perspective and helps move people into action.

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  4. raymond alexander kukkee

    As Sue Dreamwalker has stated, life in the NOW, that’s how –the future is OURS if we claim it first in our dreams and imagination– and then with our actions.
    I am listening, listening, as Parfait is glistening, glistening,
    Is THAT incoming I hear? YES! YES!
    Christyb, the most, great post!

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    1. christyb Post author

      Raymond, if you could only see my smiling face right now. You are positivity at its best my friend! Yes Yes I am speaking to you! Thanks for offering your own wisdom and daring to dream as well.

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  5. Casandra Miska

    Good question, Christyb. Liked the tune of Marianas Trench song too.

    I may be one of the small percentage of people who don’t live in the past. I will admit there are times that something from the past bothers me, but then I do what I can quickly to rectify the situation, and if nothing more can be done…then I leave it in the past.
    I live in the present, about 99% of the time. Although the future fascinates me, my brain accepts present reality, and likes spending time right here and now. I force myself to ‘plan’ for the future.

    Just a note, there is a percentage of the population, whose brains take them to the past, and they live and relive a tremendous amount of it in an unpleasant state. It it becomes troubling, seeking professional mental help can be the relief these suffering people only dream about.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Yes Casandra, these people you speak of may need professional help to have an outside perspective from which to judge their own perceptions. If they can not seek professional help, hopefully they are able to confide in a friend or family member who can help them to remember to enjoy the present moment. You are a wonderful example of living in the present, and I admire you for that ability. You are upbeat and I consider you a friend. xx

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  6. Red

    I live in today, which necessitates not living in the past. I cannot create a future upon the foundation I create today, if I am busy overturning stones of the past.
    Red.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Yes Red, while many stumble over the stones of the past and continue to juggle them long after they have occurred, the stones should be set to rest. Living in today is a positive attribute and I hope others learn from your example.

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