Music is powerful. Certain instrumentals can bring goosebumps and some lyrics can make us laugh or cry, and other songs transport us to a different time in our life and evoke emotions from our youth. I won't tell you which artists make me want to dance because I would only age myself.
I know there are authors out there who have a playlist for when they sit down to write. I have never been able to do that because it is always too much of a distraction. However, after I blogged about American Idol a few weeks ago and hearing the Beatles songs, I realized that I don't have to listen while I write, but I can listen before I sit down at the computer.
Sadly, I haven't listened to much music over the past year and couldn't tell you who is currently at the top of the charts. I am either listening to an audiobook while I drive or everything is turned off because I am working through a story in my head. Whereas my husband and kids always have the radio on or a CD or their iPod plugged in and none of them listen to the same thing. My husband has always preferred music from the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970's, my middle daughter bounces from Pop to Musicals (she is the theatre girl), my eldest is all over the place (the musician and artist) and my son, well, I am not sure what it is he is listening too. Oh dear, did I just become that parent? The turn down that noise parent?
Yet, there is some music that continues to return and be rediscovered by a new generation. I'll never forget when my oldest asked my husband and I if we had ever heard for The Doors. I have no idea what song she had heard but my daughter was all excited about discovering a new group. She wanted to buy the CDs or download the music until I took her over the the album collection and pulled out a few by The Doors. Those albums have been by the turntable her entire life, yet she never bothered to look through them. After showing her those three, she and her boyfriend spent the entire afternoon going through our selection of records, playing them and making a list of what needed to be downloaded for listening pleasure.
I used to have "go-to" music for certain things. When cleaning, I used to listen to Meatloaf and Jesus Christ Superstar. While gardening and working in the yard, it was Mark Schultz or Casting Crowns and for cooking it was usually Mozart, Handel, and the like. Hmmm, I guess my daughter is not the only one all over the place in music choices.
Though music may have disappeared from my everyday life for a moment, it is making a comeback. When getting ready to write I will be listening to The Beatles because they are simply awesome.
Do you have certain music you like to listen to when you are cleaning, cooking, exercising, or for any other reason. What is your mood music?