Happy Friday! Every day should be a day to celebrate your gifts....whatever they may be. For me, the best gift has ALWAYS been music! I think back to when it became so important to me and it seems impossible. The love of music has been ingrained in me as far back as I can remember. There was not a time when I wasn't in love with a particular genre and surrounded myself by it's deliciousness.
|Bessie Smith- music that reverberates in the soul!|
Some of my fondest memories are of watching my mother or one of their siblings raise both arms in the air and exclaim, "This is my jam!" They would sing, dance, and snap their fingers to anything from the Four Tops to Player's Baby Come Back (my Uncle John's fav!). These occasions left me giggling while at the same time wanting the same sense of joy I was witnessing.
So, growing up I continually sought out Musicals to sing along to in addition to musicians that most of my family did not subscribe or listen to. I was (am) the child who will listen to music ranging from metal to gospel and all the others in between. At different times in my life these works filled a void and helped me escape my worry at that moment in time. I knew I still would have to deal with the problems, but at that moment ALL were temporarily silenced. While soothing my troubled soul they were at the same time liberating me from the status quo. I was not interested in just simply listening to Gospel and R&B (though I listened to them also) but in addition The Who and Led Zeppelin. There was the comment here and there...what is Kathy (what only my family calls em) listening to? Add to that breaking out in the showtune 'I Feel Pretty' from West Side Story and you could imagine how I became the child that no one understood.
|Zeppelin-music that dreams are made of..from popmatters.com|
To put it bluntly, I AM OK WITH THAT! I feel as if too many people try to fit themselves into that bubble others need them to be in. What ends up happening is that we find ourselves with VERY unhappy adults. Adults who have trouble emphathizing with others and holding their feelings in. Allowing music to help us express those feelings allows us to cope in a healthy way. Who doesn't see the need for more emotionally healthy adults?
|West Side Story- Movie of memories!|
So, the next time you feel like listening to Meatloaf, Patsy Cline, or Jimi Hendrix do so for you, your health, and the rest of the world. Because when you are happy and well adjusted the rest of the world benefits.
Til next time,