What comes to mind when you hear the name of a song? I was talking with a close friend the other day about a life issue she was working on. Woven into our discussion was the title or lyrics of a few songs.
It made me think about the songs I’ve obsessively listened to in the past or the ones I listen to now when certain feelings surface or situations present themselves. The theme from the movie Rocky was number one of my personal favorites when I was dealing with major health crises. When Alabama introduced the song there are angels among us, I immediately fell in love with the words and the melody. I play the song often as a continuous reminder that angels pop up exactly when we need them if we pay attention.
The discussion with my friend made me think about all the music that’s available to us today. There are so many genres ranging from Gospel to Rap. There are radio stations that play what they call the oldies; music from the 60’s and 70’s. Others play country music, religious uplifting music, opera and music from the 30’s and 40’s. The list goes on.
When I get in the car what is the motivator to push one button over another? I think it must be an unconscious decision made on how tired I am, where I’m going or returning from, how much gratitude I have for the Universe at the moment or something else entirely that could be examined through journaling. (Have you explored our journal - Color Outside The Lines?).
I usually have a playlist in mind when opening the computer music folder. I don’t plan ahead what I’ll listen to in the car. Sometimes it’s country, oldies, or spiritual music. Sometimes it’s a CD; TaTa, my favorite Armenian singer transports me back to experiences, people and years living in Armenia. Smokey Robinson, years of summers with friends at Rockaway and Jones Beach in New York.
In addition to entertainment, music is a healing tool. Therapists use music with patients during sessions. Senior centers and Alzheimer units play music during the day and many feature a ‘happy hour time’ with live music. People with dementia, who do not speak, show physical responses when songs from yesteryear are played.
The more I write, the more I realize songs and their artists are a great topic to address in my journal. It will be enlightening to see what develops; may find a new awareness that relates to today’s issues that can be addressed.
Questions to spur writing or doodling could be what comes to mind when I hear the song; is it the song in general, the lyrics, the time when I first heard it, the people I was with or an event that might be connected to it.
Do you have songs that trigger feelings, memories? Do certain singers bring back memories; good or sad? Do songs make you feel sad but play them anyway to help you cry? Will you journal about music, songs, and singers? I am not the journal police – just asking.