When I was 10, I spent hours in my room with my table-top record player – remember the kind that came in a portable case and you had to place the needle on the record for it to start? My album of choice in those days was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I spent hours in front of the mirror choreographing dance moves and learning the lyrics. As I look back, it’s tempting to think of that time as wasted, but when I’m truthful, I realize that listening to that album (and a bunch of others) made me completely and utterly happy.
I’m sure we could all chronicle our lives in songs . . . the one we fast danced to with our girlfriends, the one that consoled us through our first break-up, the one that became an anthem of college independence, the one that we picked for our wedding, the one that we sang to our babies . . . the list goes on and on.
Now that life is so busy, I have to remind myself how important music is in my life. Perusing itunes or spending a half an hour in the CD section of Barnes and Noble (where you can listen to any CD in the store through headphones) might seem like a waste of time, but after doing it recently, I realize that taking time to discover music truly enhances my life. It’s been great to unearth some long forgotten songs and discover some new ones. As I once read, “Great music should interrupt your life” and that’s just what some songs do for me. This week consider how music helps bring you to life!
Read It: This NY Times article highlights some new artists for the new year.
Do It: Making a mix is way easier now than it was in the 80’s. Use your computer savvy to make a mix that lifts you up and gets you dancing.
Think It: “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Berthold Auerbach?