Friday, September 14, 2012

The Power of Music

I love music. I love to turn it up loud and be completely enveloped in the sound, letting the words and the melody wash over me. I love to sing along, at the top of my lungs, and sometimes, I even break out a dance move or two.

But what I love the most is the emotional connection I have to particular songs. If it's one of my current favorites, then it's the emotional impact it has on me me three or four minutes to be distracted from my daily to do list and to live vicariously through the words and stories of someone else.

If it's a favorite from the past, I can be immediately carried back to my childhood, teen or college years. I remember specific instances of hearing the song in days gone by (and there's nothing like a good 80's power ballad to take me back)......hanging out with friends on the lake, feeling heartbroken after a relationship with a particular boy ended, or being at a Friday night dance. Whatever it might be, I can relive those feelings and connect to those memories of the past.

What about you? How do you connect with music? Find a way to share your connection through a photo!

And before I go, I thought I'd leave you with some of my favorite artists and songs. If you have any favorites, share them with us too! I always love to add new stuff to my playlist!
Matt Redman - 10,000 Reasons
Five For Fighting - I love pretty much anything they do, but Slice is so good.
Bodeans - Closer to Free
Fleetwood Mac - Bleed to Love Her
K.D. Lang - Hallelujah
Billie Myers - Kiss the Rain
Train - Hey Soul Sister


Claudia said...

Im like you -- LOVE music. I have a wide love of many types. I some times can be driven crazy by some silly song stuck in my head.

Thats when I break out my ipod to refresh :)

I love K D Langs version of Halleluah too!

Kim Stevens said...

Yes music is very powerful in connecting us to memories past, making new ones and to feelings within us! I do have a Zen (like an Ipod) but I like listenting to it turned up really loud in the house, especially at Christmas time....but we left our surround sound speakers at our last house and haven't been able to buy new ones here! : ( Sometimes I can be found dancing like no one is watching, only, when no one is watching! lol

Viv@Thoughts from the Desktop said...

Music is powerful I love it, it can bring back memories, bring tears to the eyes and can make you unbearably happy..
James Taylor ~ You've got a Friend is the best.....

Deanna said...

Music surrounds my days...I have Sirius in my car and at home. There is not a day that I don't listen to some kind of music...I am love with KD Lang's version of Hallelujah, I am listening to it as I write, goosebumps running up and down my arms. Thanks for linking us to this wonderful music.

terriporter said...

I so agree with you about the memories that music can bring back! I used to say I loved all types of music except for country and opera. Still not crazy about opera but I have grown to LOVE country! There's always a story being told and you can understand the words. Thanks for the song recommendations. There are some there I haven't heard but I'll be checking them out. I agree, k.d. lang's Hallelujah is a great one!

Comfypjs said...

I do the same thing when I listen to music and every old song I listen to that my parents used to like brings them alive again in my heart when I hear those songs. I find it funny how when I was younger I didn't like the music my parents listened to but now I do. And that Matt Redman song....I love it and have it on my iPod and play it regularly. So many many memories!

Dotti said...

Your post struck a chord that resonates within all is us. Music soothes the savage breast, etc. (Am I allowed to say that here?)

Seriously music has been a major instrument in my life since early childhood. Believe it or not, I come from a long line of musicians so yes, music connects me to my family's past as well as my own inner melodies.

Are you following this? :-D

Thanks, Stephanie, for appts that is a melodic masterpiece.


Dotti said...

Excuse typos ... See if you can figure it out ... I can't type on this dang iPhone. :-D

Carol said...

I love your name!

Carol said...

First of all, I love the iPod photo. It's really cool!
I love music too, I.m in a time warp about 10 years earlier than yours but I also love many new ones, and my iPod has showvtubunes, classical and even an old Roy Rogers song I used to torture my sister with. Also Sinatra, Bennett and Nat King Cole which surrounded me as a child I may parents's house
The theme from Chocolat. Is great to clean the house to !
I have a post coming up soon about a particular song

Michele.NYC said...

One of my most favorite things is live music. Yes, there is one band I follow but for the most part my very, very favorite thing is when a band plays a popular song and turns the mic to the adoring crowd and allows us to give voice to his lyrics. I love the vibe the crowd gives off and always wonder what if must feel like to have anywhere from 500 -60,000 people singing to the members of the band. I can only imagine it's one of the best feelings in the world. If you've been lucky to be one of those fans you know what I'm talking about and it's great to experience it firsthand. Every concert holds a memory...I keep track of all the shows I attend, where they were and who I was with. So for me certain songs remind me of friends I was with or new friends I made that night.

carol said...

BTW - we have a wonderful guest post from Michelle coming up Monday! Stay tuned!

Roxi H said...

Steph, I absolutely love 10,000 Reasons!!!!! I just downloaded a new fave (old song tho) High Above by the Parachute Band. My fave album of theirs is "Amazing". Other faves....Offering, Paul Baloche; Great Light of the World, Bebo Norman; Rescue, Desperation Band; OMG I could go on and on and sing and dance....

Anonymous said...

It might sound a little odd to you but I grew up (3 to 12) listening to Harry Belafonte. I lived in the Caribbean with my parents (who were working there at the time) and they jut loved Steel Band music. I danced around the house singing Day-O at the top of my lungs. His songs still rev me up and bring me to tears....I got to go to one of his concerts when I was 15 or so and it was one of the high points of my teen-age life. My sister went to a concert some years later and even got an autograph. Not only do I admire Belafonte for his sensational voice but for his commitment to civil rights.

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