Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Music is the language of the heart. No one knows for sure why we connect to certain styles or songs – but one thing is for certain: Everyone has a certain style of music that speaks and moves them. One style can be just ‘noise’ to one person – and a beloved ballad to another. Music can be annoying to some – and greatly appreciated by another.
I was raised on classical music – it played in my home growing up – night and day. After a steady diet of this for 20 years of my life – I would have to say that I have an appreciation for classical – but it is not what I listen to when I relax. I have always liked and responded to ‘pop’ music of my generation – the 70’s and it is still my favorite genre of music – by far even though I have an appreciation for other styles. I would listen to my transistor radio or cassette tapes in my tape recorder at night before going to bed. I was also a song writer and my ‘style’ of music on the piano was in a ballad form – or what you might call ‘easy listening’ today. Music has to evoke an emotional response from me in order to be good – and it usually has something to do with the chord progression or lyrics – or both. Movie soundtracks are also my favorite for relaxing and one of the best musical scores in my opinion is from the movie “Meet Joe Black”. I also love the soundtrack from “To Kill a Mockingbird” – these are both noteworthy in my opinion and brilliant.
I like to think I am extremely tolerant of any kind of music – even though I’m sure my own children think I am not. That’s pretty typical. But since they know I appreciate any style of music if it’s good – they are quick to share their music with me. Shawn loves to play ‘his music’ for me in the car – going quickly to a song he feels I will like – and usually he is right. I don’t like everything he likes – but there are certain songs from bands he likes – that he knows I will be able to appreciate and give positive feedback to. I think it helps him to feel better about his music in some weird twisted way ☺
About a year and a half ago – he was driving me to a Chiropractor’s appointment and he played me the song below, “Amsterdam” from Coldplay. Now crazy as it sounds – it really moved me. I remember it was raining and dark and this song played in the car and we drove in complete hushed silence. It was one of those moments I will never forget. A bonding moment with this song playing – just me and my son. It was pretty emotional – I was going through a rough time that fall – and it meant a lot to me that Shawn actually seemed to ‘get it’ and find something he knew I would connect with.
The other day Shawn drove me to a wedding and he again pulled out this song and it brought back such memories of that day for both of us. Imagine? Two people from two entirely different generations – actually agreeing on and liking the same song – and the same band. Crazy right? Actually – Shawn likes classic rock from the 70’s too – so that’s always been the way we’ve been able to connect with music over the years. I think it’s really great. And because I have tolerance for his music and he with mine – we’ve been able to agree on many things over the years. It is wonderful to know that he is a much sought after musician in his church on both drums and guitar and that he can appreciate music of all styles too. I am very proud when I hear songs that he has written and recorded on the guitar – mixed in a studio – and they sound just like something you’d hear on the radio! In fact when doing my own music ‘mix’ a few months ago – I accidentally added a song he had written – thinking it was a great song from “Angels and Airways” or something. He saw that I had added it and said, “Mom – did you know that is the song I wrote”? Ha! No I didn’t! – but it was really good and that’s why I choose it for my CD mix.
Music – it’s a crazy thing – one man’s ‘noise’ is another one’s ‘bliss’ – and it’s nice to know that good music – is still good music – no matter what generation it is produced. There are classics that have and will stand the test of time because they are well written – from the heart.
Do you have something that ‘moves you’? We all do – and it’s nice to know that we are all different in our likes and dislikes – and yet the human element of music is still there – touching and affecting our lives – evoking good and bad memories – but most of all – deeply moving us.
Here’s to beautiful music – and not just annoying ‘noise’ in your world tonight.
Come on, oh my star is fading I swerve out of control If I, If I'd only waited I'd not be stuck here in this hole. Come here, oh my star is fading And I swerve out of control And I swear I waited and waited I've got to get out of this hole But time, is on your side It's on your side, now Not pushing you down And all around It's no cause for concern.. Come on, oh my star is fading And I see, no chance of release And I know I'm dead on the surface But I'm screaming underneath And time is on your side It's on your side, now Not pushing you down And all around Oh, It's no cause for concern Stuck on the end of this ball and chain And I'm on my way back down. Stood on the edge Tied to a noose Sick to the stomach You can say what you mean But it won't change a sin I'm sick of the secrets Stood on the edge, tied to a noose and you came along but you cut me loose You came along and you cut me loose You came along and you cut me loose