music makes my world go round
Although I am a Libra and love to be surrounded by beautiful things, music has the strongest hold on me. It is the primary creative force that can bring me to tears one minute and then make me jump for joy the next. Not to get morbid, but it is so important that should I kick the bucket first, Scott has strict instructions to make sure that my iPod is playing through our Tivoli during my wake.
Music was really important in my house growing up. My parents listened to records from the original Rat Pack-era and some of my fondest memories include listening to the Hi-Fi while dancing with my Father - my feet on his. I still can not hear Moon River by Andy Williams without crying, but it's a good cry.
My brother also listened to great music from the 1960/70s and I would go up to his room and listen to his records. We both worried that "they" would run out of music someday.
I learned to play a few instruments in school and listened to music from the 1980s+. Now, in addition listening to npr on a transistor radio, I always have something playing from wfuv, last.fm, radio paradise, or my own library to keep me company. It definitely inspires me, fuels my daydreaming, and contributes to my insomnia.
I re-discovered my love for "listening" to music, which is different than "playing" it, after my Mom passed away a couple of years ago. Quickly followed by the closing of the start-up company I was working with at the time. And then, by a computer hard drive crash a few weeks later, which would not normally be catastrophic, but it took all of the condolence emails I received about my Mom with it. I still have it, so they're with me in spirit. That was a rough time and I wasn't very productive, so I took solace in music morning, noon and night.
I'm a little better with the schedule now, and for the most part, my taste in music is geared towards the new unlike my love of vintage objects. It is probably evident in my play list compared to Scott's even though we're about the same age. Heavily influenced by the UK, I'm developing a eclectic mix, but have had my fill of classical (high school band) and light jazz (oh man, how did that happen?), unless it's techno.
I love these two videos, which are both beautiful in their unique way.
Shine On by The Kooks
Visually beautiful and sweet. Yay for all us girls with short hair! Thank you Chelsea.
Leave Out The Rest by Linkin Park
Beautiful lyrics with a message that sounds good to me.
Are you listening to anything you love now? New or old. Between the two of us, we have it covered. Wishing everyone a melodious weekend!
Photo Credit : Stereo (I had a blue parrot called Petey just like in the photo) + The Record Labels