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Thursday, January 18, 2007

13 ways music strikes a chord with me

1. When I'm cleaning, nothing is quite so energizing as pulling a cd out of Aerosmith's Box of Fire or one of Metallica's older jams then getting down to the nitty gritty.
2. When I'm thinking on a work project or trying to work through a difficult scene, classical or softer songs help me concentrate and think through the issue. It's usually Beethoven, Sting, or some of the older Willie songs, like Seven Spanish Angels.
3. When I want some entertainment, music brings me such shows like American Idol and Rockstar. I also enjoy going to the ballet with my mother. There is something about listening to great works like those done by Tchaikovsky and watching dancers gracefully twist and turn to the music. I can't watch it all the time, but when I'm in the mood, I'm moved by it.
4. When I'm driving I have to flip through stations until I find a song I can sing along with. I often skip the radio hosts. The ones we have up in Minnesota aren't very good.
5. I used to love listening to Dirty Mike, he had a great relationship with the radio station in New Mexico, and it was more fun listening to him on that station than the one up here.
6. Some songs are just great to get creativity going, they don't make me think, it's just as if they help open the flood gate. Bob Marley's Redemption, Metallica Nothing Else Matters, Tom Petty's Last Dance with Mary Jane, Gnarls Barkley Crazy, Five For Fighting Superman, Foo Fighters Everlong... Hmm, I guess I have a lot of them because I can keep going. I guess these songs just stimulate me.
7. When I'm writing I have to have a shuffled playlist going. I listen to all of the above and more!
8. When my husband proposed to me, we had gone for a drive and it was quite late. As he popped the question, Not enough hours in the night played on the radio. It is our song.
9. I've got many movie soundtrack favorites, but I've got a special spot in my heart for the Princess Bride soundtrack. Not only do I love that movie, but we used it as the music during our actual wedding.
10. When Pea Pie was 4 she gave a rousing performance of Kung Foo Fighting, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard and I didn't realize she had learned so much of the song.
11. My mother plays about 10 different instruments. When she was young she auditioned to be a concert violinist. She played good enough to get in, but was told she lacked the confidence to be a professional violinist. I suck at the violin.
12. My children have inherited a bit of the music bug. The heir apparent (9) plays the piano and now the Pea Pie (6) plays the guitar. A couple of weeks ago they decided they would start their own band. My heir came running up the stairs calling for their father to come and help them. She had a bit of panic to her voice so he quickly went to see what he could do. She asked him to play for them, because their band didn't sound good!
13. I can't sing or play. In fact, I think I may be a little tone deaf. But my life is filled with music and it brings me joy. I hope that music has touched your life.
Happy Thursday!

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Blogger JohnH985 said...

I love music too, but I can't play an instrument to save my life. I wish I could. Hopefully your kids will learn to play.

My 13 and music related one is up too.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Chickadee said...

Oh, the songs you listed in #6 are good. No wonder they inspire your creativity. I get inspired driving...usually in rush hour traffic. :)

My 13 are up.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Joy T. said...

Wonderful list. I love music as well and always have 'something' playing in the office here. Mostly tenor music, because I just can't get enough opera!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I share in your love for music. I used to play an instrument but it's been years.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Music is a very popular theme today! My brother, sister and I use to listed to the U2 album "Achtung Baby" while doing our chores during summer breaks. And I like to listen to the Doors when I need to get my creativity flowing. I don't know why it works, but it does!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

You definitely love music! I don't think you have to play an instrument or be a beautiful singer for that but its easy to see that you do appreciate it! great list!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

I have a love of music, too! My whole family does. We're always humming a tune, playing the piano, turning sentences into songs, or just listening to the stereo. It's invigorating!

Happy Thursday! Thank you for stopping by! :D

10:48 AM  
Blogger Peg said...

I'm chuckling at #10! A classic moment, I'm sure!

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Ocean Blue Fire said...

I would love to learn to play the piano. I love the sounds. That is great that your children are playing instruments! :-)

Metallica rules! :-)

11:53 AM  
Anonymous John Wesley said...

Nice post. I just wrote one myself about I use music to focus better. Gotta love music!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Julie in Texas said...

You have very varied tastes...but then so do I. Now I typically listen to classical or hymns, but every now and again I pull out music I listened to in my younger years. You ought to see the look on my boys faces when Def Leppard, ZZ Top or ACDC comes on my ipod!

Thanks for stopping by.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous nancy said...

I love your blog. I like some of the songs you mentioned.

I cannot sing AT ALL! But, I know it and you won;' find me on American Idol trying to get on.

I loved the first season of Rockstar.

12:54 PM  
Blogger BeckyD said...

Great list. My life is a soundtrack. Always something playing in the background.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I do the same thing while I'm in a car, loud music and try to sing as loud!!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Kimo & Sabi said...

We likes playing the piano 9more like running on the keys) - it makes us feel frisky!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Me? Like music?


Like you, I'm tone deaf (been tested by pros), but I can smell a hit three feet away, before the CD's out of the case.

Gimme Fuel, Gimme Fire, Gimme that which I desire! (uhh, music, not fast cars. Sorry, Het.)

2:32 PM  
Blogger elisheva said...

I love music.....any kind.

4:04 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

Music is like air to me -completely necessary. There is always a song that can make everything better.

I bet that performance of Kung Foo Fighting was priceless!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

I know how you feel! Music is so much part of my life. I have the right piece of music for each particular state of mind of mine on my PC!
Music helps me focus, and picks me up when I am down! I can't imagine a life without it.
Thank you for sharing!
Happy TT,

5:47 PM  
Blogger Racy Li said...

Music plays such a big part of my moods as well. I always have to clean or exercise to something loud with a heavy beat, and yes, I admit that most often it's this horrible electronic dance music with the pumping bass. But it works!

6:28 PM  
Anonymous she said...

So when you're signing along in your car, do you stop singing when you hit a stop light?

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list! It's hard to beat Aerosmith, Metallica, or other pumping classic rock bands for massive energy infusions. :-D

Happy TT!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Laughing Muse said...

...and did the priest start your wedding ceremony by saying "Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togevvah today. Mawwage. That bwessed event...a dweam wivvin a dweam..."

(Vous, sarcastic? Moi?)

10:29 PM  
Anonymous ancsweetnsassygal said...

Music helps me focus too. When I was in college, I would put in Mozart or Bach because I just studied better when it played. Wish I knew that when I was in high school. And Princess Bride is one of my favorites too. My TT is up on why I hate being a middle child.

10:54 PM  
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1:08 AM  
Blogger Dragonheart said...

Great list! Music is wonderful. :) Your mother sounds incredibly musically talented!

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

3:21 AM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Heheh, yesterday was definitely music day. I saw several lists that focused on music in some way! :)

Yes, ZZ top, ACDC and Def Leppard also are on my lists. In fact the very first concert I went to was a Def L concert.

When the radio is going and you come to a red light.... that's the time for your solo, play the steering wheel drums and shake your booty in the car :D

Lol - Laughing Muse, if only the Father had done that. He was a tight shirt Catholic priest.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Sophisticated Writer said...

I love classical music and soundtracks. I almost always write listening to music :) Take care!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

musik is what makes pepple's hearts go faster, makes them smile or cry... music is the a secret power and the musician is a wizzard of himanity...

6:25 AM  
Anonymous phentermine for sale said...

I'd like to play violin. I envy little to your mother.

3:52 AM  

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