Tuesday, December 09, 2014
For me, it's all about the music.
I am often teased about the eclectic nature of my music collection, ranging from Mozart to Marylin Manson. Yeah, I'm 50 and I still listen to Pantera, enjoy Slipknot, and even tap my toes to Kelly Clarkson. Each of those artists represent something different, their songs speak to me in a different manner and address varied emotional states. When I'm really pissed off and need to calm down, I turn on some Mozart and listen to the Marriage of Figaro. Or, if I'm really pissed off and want to stay pissed off, it's Five Finger Death Punch or Billy Idol. When I'm in a good mood, but sort of melancholy, I listen to Matchbox 20 or Rob Thomas - particularly the song, "Someday."
Growing up, I always had an instrument nearby. I played the trumpet, the baritone, the baritone bugle, the soprano horn...there was something always within arms reach to play and it eased much of the tension after mom got sick. Today, it's much the same, but I play guitar rather than a brass instrument. The therapeutic relief is much the same and for the last few years, there has been roadblocks to truly exploring the art. Sure there was never an official blockage, but there was always the looming psychological threat that diving into music too much may not meet the requirements set forth therein.
So, what is the music that cuts through the noise for you? Have you taken some time to listen, to share it with others? If not, do so.