“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~ Plato
It’s true, you know. Music sets the tone for more than weddings, more than a restaurant’s atmosphere, more than your morning workout. It can change your mood — give wings to your mind, flight to your imagination. It can change your outlook, alter your entire state of being — especially, if you recognize its power to do so. And now you know why The Wiggles were always so happy …
I have playlists for running, for writing, for driving … and I have favorite stations for house cleaning, for cooking, for entertaining … and there are songs that no matter how I feel, can instantly transform my demeanor, be it for better or worse.
Case in point … you know Pharrell’s Happy song? No, not the one that makes him happy, but the one where he sings about being happy — yea, that one. The one that dares you to “Clap along if you will …” I have witnessed strangers clapping along … children singing along … it’s contagious. And its positive energy flows through people like air. I will add, that on a personal note, any fondness I once had for that song disappeared last winter when one morning after a day of unseasonably warm weather, I left my sunroof open and when I backed out of the garage — all the while clapping along to the mega hit — into the once again snowy outdoors, I was pelted with snowflakes. Needless to say any happiness I felt quickly disappeared, and I soon deleted the song from all my playlists.
There are a few other songs I’ve added to playlists only to remove later — ones that while I like the tune itself, the imagery or place in time where it takes me isn’t always someplace I want to be. Like the one that reminds me of a dear friend I lost a few years ago. The one that fills my head with thoughts of an old boyfriend that makes me cringe. The one that during my years of working retail, would play over and over and over again on the store-wide speaker system.
Conversely, there are those that will always remain on my playlists because they transport me to the places I never want to forget. They remind of the time I set the national prep record for the 300 hurdles. Of the day my daughter was born. Of the way my great uncle would whistle a soft little melody from songs by artists I’d never heard of — Ronnie Milsap, Marty Robbins, Jimmie Rodgers and my all-time favorite, Loretta Lynn.
And so while a lot of people might not care for my eclectic mix of The Beastie Boys, The Cure, and Merle Haggard, I do — they make me happy … unlike that aforementioned song of the same name. Although someday, I’m sure I’ll learn to like it again … because words set to music have a way of kneading one’s soul and quite frankly, I think that’s one of the greatest gifts that we have been bestowed. Now go hum a little melody and spread the love ;)
Today’s post inspired by the Daily Prompt: “Melody.”