Music. Let’s talk about music. Listening to my iPod, of course, as I write (Carter’s Chord, “Song of Blue” is on right now). I prefer my life with a soundtrack — to fully express and experience each moment. Sometimes the music IS my life, sometimes just background accompaniment quietly adding depth.
Yet music isn’t just a solitary thing. It can be an amazing connection between people. Here’s a song that explains me. Here’s one that makes me think of you. Listen to this one – it’s my offer of comfort (Faith Hill, “Wish For You”). Or this other one to make you laugh (“…I’ll check you for ticks….” Brad Paisley’s “Ticks”). Or celebrate with me, crank up “All This Beauty” (the Weepies).
My friend Kat is writing a book about the switch from silent to sound films. Imagine for a moment your life as a film without sound. Then add the music of your life sound and feel the starburst of energy, technicolor, surround sound. A cold lonely rainy walk in the park becomes a balmy sun-kissed day at the beach with your dearest friend(s).
Take away my desserts (trust me, that’s a big deal!), take away my tv, but don’t take my music. Give me intertwining harmonies and any instrument blend that includes piano, and I can survive anything. Take it away, and I’m lost. Music connects me – to you, to myself, to inspiration, to expression.
Take for example the day I was missing my Canadian friends Kat and Leah and sent them an iTunes playlist of carefully-selected songs from a new fave artist (thanks Jo and Lisa!), Kasey Chambers. Only to find out that I couldn’t send playlists from US iTunes to Canada iTunes users. For the first time since meeting those friends last year, I felt truly disconnected. Cut off because I wasn’t able to share the music of that moment and words themselves just weren’t the right expression.
Remember the mix tape from years ago? You knew it was a big deal if a love interest made you a mix tape, right? Let’s bring back the mix! Bring it back into our relationships…with our friends (Canada/US communication glitches be damned!), our lovers, and just as importantly, with ourselves.
My friend Rebecca (of Rebecca Plants:
) got me back into making mix “tapes” (CDs) and for that I will forever be grateful. Thank you Rebecca!
Go on… try it… start mixing, for those days you’re so angry you could spit, or too full of gratitude to find the right words for prayer, or too hurt or sad to cry, or just numb inside and desperate to feel. Let music flip that switch for you. Let music celebrate with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and most of all… let music inspire you.