Anyways... I have chosen to do a compilation of songs which I played in the ukulele and for some I sang too, and the point is to connect to the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, as the main character, Stargirl, plays the ukulele to spread joy and happiness :).
Over the Rainbow
Melody: Generally a positive, hopeful, major tone, but edgy, minor chords do come in at some parts, creating a perfect balance of emotions to reflect the fact that Stargirl appears happy to the world, though deep down, she is troubled by various things.
Lyrics: The song refers to "somewhere over the rainbow", and the wonderful place their, and I think this relates to Stargirl because that world over the rainbow is her world, where things are happier, more creative, and so very unique. Another line that really reflects Stargirl is "where troubles melt like lemon drops", as I believe this reflects the way Stargirl moves on and strives for a happier world.
Melody: The melody of this song has a very hopeful mood, and I find it very motivational. This is the same message that Stargirl tries to bring to the world. Through everything she does, she works to bring happiness, motivation, and hope to everyone she can.
Lyrics: Stargirl is an expert at showing her "true colours", and that's what this song is all about. She breaks social barriers and becomes something everyone is mesmerized by, simply by being her true self. As well, the song talks a lot about being happy and putting on a smile, and Stargirl really strives to do that. Overall, I believe the lyrics fit Stargirl's life perfectly!
Melody: Like many of the other songs on this list, Breakaway has a melody filled with hope and working for success. The verses build hope and emotion, and then its all let free in the chorus where we get an outburst of happiness and hope.
Lyrics: The lyrics speak of breaking free and living large, and this really highlights Stargirl's motives and goals in life, as she hopes to have a big role in life to make life awesome for the world, and she does so by breaking free of social barriers and the status quo.
Just the Way you Are (chorus)
Melody: A positive mood is portrayed in the chorus and an overall sense of fulfilment and hope for the world. Personally, I get an "It's all gonna be alright!" feeling from the chorus, and this is the mood Stargirl tries to bring to everyone around her, even if she may not be feeling that way inside.
Lyrics: The lyrics of this song reflect Stargirl's way of life, as she doesn't mind how others see her, she just goes by the thought that she is beautiful and amazing just the way she is, both inside and out :)