I am sitting here in my living room still dressed in my work out clothes from this evenings round of body changing activity, with the television on (not paying attention to it) while my Spotify player plays gently in the background of my laptop speakers. I am oblivious to anything else other that the melodies playing.
Music is something I was taught to appreciate when I was very young. The house was always filled with varying artists and genres. Anything from classical Wagner to the obnoxious disco that my mom would burn into my soul like a fiery inferno (get it..disco…inferno..nevermind) the point is that there was such a variety my parents listened to that as a child I learned quickly that music is something to be appreciated.
Music is something that we feel within our soul. We do not simply listen with our ears, but we listen with our hearts and our minds. It is a universal language that we all speak fluently and it is something that bonds each and every one of us to each other. There are a billion people on this planet and one of the things we have in common is that feeling we get when we hear a certain song. You know the one I am talking about. The hair stands up on the back of your neck, your eyes grow wide, a shiver is sent up your spine, and a smile breaks from you lips. You feel your heart beating a couple beats faster than normal, you take a deep breath, and you open your mouth to release the sweet sound of your voice in unison with the artist that has captured your heart, and in that moment you are united as one. Fate has brought you together for this one emotional moment, and you have given a piece of yourself to the melody that plays along.
We all have songs that we like, and then we have songs that we love. In a separate category are the songs that give us the euphoric state that I just described.
Tonight I am listening to a list that is a little like, a bit of love, and a lot of euphoria.
The artists on the playlist I have created are people who have stories to tell. When we sit down and listen to a song, we are literally listening to a collection of diary entries that have been set to rhythm and infused with melodies and harmonies. Just take a listen to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, and you will see raw unfiltered emotion set up to stand the test of time. Turn it on the next time you go through a break-up or are falling in love and then tell me it has no relevance in today’s music industry.
Disclaimer : I am a huge Fleetwood Mac fan, all of them as a group are astoundingly beautiful to listen to, but to be fair they are as equally amazing apart. Lindsey Buckingham’s way of pouring every ounce of his soul into a song is amazing to me, and Stevie Nicks’ hauntingly powerful voice transcends anything I have ever heard. My husband says I am obsessed, I say passionate, but that is a different conversation completely.
Sitting here, I find myself to be relaxed and at peace. After a long day at work, somehow I managed to get to my boot camp class. From there I came home ate dinner, and put something in the crock pot for a baby shower we are having at work tomorrow for a coworker. I pulled up my Spotify playlist as a way to turn off my brain, and unwind. Instead, I find myself writing a blog post that has no real point.
I would like to know what some of your favorite songs are, I am always looking to discover new music. I would like to know what kind of power they have over you. What songs make you happy or sad? Which ones pump you up or fill you with energy? Which ones speak to your soul, and define who you are as person…..