Music to My Ears…..

And the night shall be filled with music, and the cares that infest the day, shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and silently steal away. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I was young I would hear a song that touched me and be completely incapable of stillness. 

As I grew into the angst of the teens a sad and soulful song could pull tears from me and soothe me like no words from the mouth ever could.

During my prime dancing years music would inspire me to create, wrench strength from me in times of anguish, and cause me to quite literally soar in times of joy.

Music has always been a source of support and delight and I suspect I’m not alone.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  ~Berthold Auerbach

With great power comes great responsibility…use the knowledge of the influence of music wisely. 

What I mean is to simply be cognizant of the mood you hope to accomplish before pressing play on your i-touch.  If you want to wallow for a while then by all means put on a few sad or angry songs.   When things are not going your way a good shout out of “Whataya want from me?!” from Adam Lambert can be quite cathartic.

Just make sure you don’t spend too much time there.

Follow up those gloomy tunes with something from Beth Hart like “I’m learning to live, living to learn, starting to sing my song, right or wrong” or a great reality check from Tim McGraw in Live Like You Are Dying “And then I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter, And I watched Blue Eagle as it was flyin’.”  Much more uplifting.

You could envision a good friend singing to you, “That’s when you need someone, someone that you can call.  And when all your faith is gone, feels like you can’t go on…let it be me” by Ray LaMontagne   Or you can scream out Pink’s words to yourself, “Pretty, pretty please.  Don’t you ever, ever feel.  Like your less than.  Less than perfect”  (ok, ok- I edited out the super bad word.  I have children too you know)

My point is twofold. 

  1. Music is incredibly powerful.
  2. Use it to lift you up and energize you to make a difference in the world.

Live your life.  The life you love.  Or as Martin Sexton sings in Livin the life “Are you living the life that you always dreamed of?  Giving your time to the ones who make you smile? Making your world worthwhile? Are you living the life?
Are you making the most of the chance you’re given or just barely getting by?
Give it your best try. Are you living the life?”

Action Step:  Go through your music selection and pick out your favorite, best, most uplifting songs.  If you don’t have enough, check out itunes or ask your friends.  Create a playlist for those moments when you need a boost.  There are many tools to help you raise your spirits and pass that energy to others.  This is one that can be simultaneously fun and powerful!

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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