Every now and then, a song comes along that almost consumes me. Sometimes, it’s only for a few moments. Sometimes, it lasts a day or two. And occasionally, it will consume me for months. The great thing about music is that after some time that song can bring all that back. I have a list that is about 475 songs. I randomly go through these songs in between new discoveries. Sometimes music grows on me and sometimes It consumes me quickly and then I discard it. Either way the best way to describe my relationship with music is “addiction.”
Music can change my mood, it can carry me away or it can help me focus.
I have also discovered over the years music is totally personal. While people may like some of my music and I may like some of their music, the overlap is usually small. Luckily, my wife and I have more of an overlap. Our tastes are similar. She likes some of the late sixties and early seventies music, like Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and others more than I do. But one of my to 50 songs is “The Boxer.” I really like Trance style electronic DJ type music, my wife only likes a few of the songs.
I am to the point where I am very selective about the music I recommend to people. I do like to share my experiences with music with people I know. For instance, I have a subscription to a music service called Rhapsody. Every Tuesday is the day they release most new music. One Tuesday I saw Willie Nelson had released a new album. I thought to myself, “That is cool, he has to be 70+ and he is still putting out music.” I pushed the button to play the album, mostly because the first song was called “A Horse Called Music” which I thought was a cool name for a song. The song was okay. The second song started playing and I wasn’t paying much attention, then I heard a voice I didn’t expect to hear. Then I started paying attention to the lyrics, “…. roll me up and smoke me when I die” The chorus seemed completely appropriate for Willie, but who was this new voice. He sounded vaguely familiar but I wasn’t sure. So I looked at the title of the song, featuring Snoop Dog. I started to laugh. Once again, totally appropriate for him too. I was amazed, amused and happily surprised to see that both Willie and Snoop have a sense of humor and are not taking themselves too seriously. I like to share those type of experiences with my friends and family. There have been several other songs; for which I am pleasantly surprised at the lyrics and story. Brad Paisely’s “Karate” and “Harvey Bodine.” There is LL Cool J’s “Not Leaving You Tonight featuring Fitz And The Tantrums, Eddie Van Halen”
Music can be fun. Music can be happy. Music can be relaxing. Music can be motivating. And Music can be grand.
My advice; just listen!