Music fills voids in my life. Different music, different purpose, different void. For example, New Age and Instrumental are great for relaxing, studying, or just noise cancellation. It also helps if I’m anxious about something, like, oh I don’t know, Covid-19, racial unrest, sexual harassment, terrorists, idiot politicians, and the list can grow quite long. Pop is more for gettings things done around the house. Or if I’m feeling depressed. Put on some Pop music and household chores go a little bit faster, a little bit easier. My mood is lighter while I’m listening to Adele stomp all over a man or roll in the deep. I listen to Christian music when I want to commune with God or just sing His praises. And rock music is for when I want to beat someone over the head and so I listen to Rock music instead. It’s not a perfect system but it works for me.
I love the Beatles and Barry Manilow. (Don’t judge me, Barry was an amazing songwriter and singer). I also enjoy Garth Brooks, Adele, Lady A (previously known as Lady Antebellum), Lady Gaga, Barbra (no last name needed) The Four Seasons, Boz Scaggs, Celine Dion, Casting Crowns, Wayne Watson, Ed Sheeran, Elton John. Do you know all of those?
Music lifts me up to new heights where I can just… be. Just be the music. It erases the world in a good way and fills me with hope and joy and happiness. It’s like waking up to light breeze on a warm spring day. Music is everything. I can’t imagine a life without it. I believe the Bible says there is a lot of singing in Heaven. I can’t even imagine how amazing that will be. Zephaniah 3:17-18 in part says, “He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Wow. Jesus is going to sing. To me. Can’t wait.
When I was at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, I had two students working under me. They were from India, married, and lovely. Jimmy Chinoy and Naheed Kapadia. I taught Jimmy how to drive and, let me tell you, that was an experience! He had to learn that the lines on the road meant STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE! It’s funny. Now. Back then, not so much. Jimmy loved classical music and turned me on to it. We had a conversation once about the importance of music in his life and he said he would rather go blind than be deaf. I simply could not imagine being blind but he could not imagine never hearing music again and would gladly give up his sight if it meant he would not lose his music. Of course, I can’t imagine losing either. I’d rather lose taste or smell before sight or sound. Not a choice I would like to ever have to make. How do you choose between the sweet smell of spring lilacs or the taste of a fresh, ripe peach? The sound of music or the face of your loved ones? Makes me shudder to even think about it. But it shows what was most important to Jimmy.
Pop and Christian music bring me more than the tune, they bring me the words and meaning of the song. I find that, as a woman, I can read or write or watch TV and still carry on a conversation. But with music, a lot of songs just take me over and I have to pause a conversation or task just to listen to the entire song, maybe sing along with it. Music moves me. The words move me. The feelings put into those words move me. Some songs have a bridge that is so stirring to me it might bring tears, depending on my mood while listening to it. I’ve been known to play a song over several times to hear that part.
That’s why movies have music. Have you ever watched a movie without the sound on? Try it sometime. Watch a scene, rewind, and play with the sound muted. You might have to laugh at what you see because without music, it may look a bit comical. Trust me on this, I’ve done it. Movies lose a lot, if not most, of their mood, their tension, without music. TV shows as well. What’s a sitcom without its laugh track? Your family around the dining room table. It’s just life. Add a soundtrack to your life and I bet a lot of it can be pretty funny.
Take an hour and plug into some music. Close your eyes and allow yourself to drift along to the tune. You’ll be better for it.