Three out of four people listen to it every day. What is it? MUSIC, Musique, Musik, Musica. Whatever language you speak, music breaks through the barrier. Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Hip Hop/Rap, New Age, Blues, Metal, Christian/Gospel. Whatever your pleasure, there is a genre for you.
As you might have guessed, I am definitely one of the three out of the four. I wake up to the radio, I go to work and come home listening to the radio and, most nights, you’ll find me listening to my iPod or iTunes off the computer. I’m the girl you see in the car next to you singing to the songs (whether she knows the lyrics or not), drumming on the steering wheel. Of course, my windows will be up so you can’t hear me. You don’t WANT to hear me. I once had a cocker spaniel that whenever I sang to her, she would howl. Yes, unfortunately I’m that bad. Doesn’t stop me. And, it’s okay to laugh when you see me in the car – I’ll bet you a jukebox I’m in a happier mood than you.
Songs. They can move you in so many different ways. From laughter to tears; from slow dancing to sweat-laden club dancing; from a desire to make sensual love or give in to your animal desire to…well, you know – Get It ON. They can inspire or depress. Lyrics or melodies, or both, can stimulate memories, some good or some not so good.
It’s art. Songs do what all artists (authors, painters, sculptors) aspire to do – evoke feelings. No movie, no book trailer, would be worth watching without music to go with it. They can leave indelible impressions – for life. Who can replay right off the top of their head, the dire melody from the movie Jaws. Betcha if you heard that song even sitting in a bathtub full of bubbles, you’re going to get a sense of dread of what lies beneath. That’s how powerful notes can be.
You would think that with my love for music I would be prolific at playing a musical instrument. I took three years of piano lessons when I was around 10 years old. I even have a piano sitting in my living room. I’m lucky now if I can get out chop sticks. I have all my old lesson books, the easy-to-play beginner songs. If I sit down and study the notes I can bang out a mean Old MacDonald but put the sheet music in front of me for Für Elise and I might as well be looking at a foreign language. I’ll never get rid of that piano, though, simply because of what it represents.
You might have heard there’s a blogging challenge going on now called the “A to Z Challenge”. While I didn’t participate it has inspired me to present my own A to Z list. Here for your viewing and listening pleasure are some of my favorite artists and their songs found on my iPod.
H is for: Heart
I is for: INXS
J is for: Jaeson Ma, Jason Derulo, Jay-Z, Jimmy Buffet, John Denver, John Lennon, John Tesh, Journey, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake
O is for: One Republic
Q is for: Queen
U is for: U2, Usher
V is for: Van Halen
W is for: Whitney Houston, The Wreckers , Wynonna
X is for: Well – There is no “X” on my iPod so I’m going to use this as a Wild Card, err Letter. Gonna go with Barry Manilow
Y is for: Yanni, Yiruma
Z is for: ZZ Top
And so concludes a peek into my music taste. Part of the reason I wanted to share a few of my favorite songs and artists is that some I learned of through friends. I hope I’ve given you a few new favorites today and if you have one you would like to share with me, please do! I’ve got plenty of room left on the iPod.