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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My ipod Has Schizophrenia

I believe that everything is better with music and I love all different types; from bubble gum pop and jazz to Jay-Z and Radiohead (okay, Radiohead is one of your dad's favorite bands, not mine, but I do have a two of their songs on my iPod).

Music is an incredibly powerful thing; it has the ability to uplift and motivate like nothing else. Just the right tune can put a smile on my face, a spring in my step, a wish in my heart or tear in my eye. It can make a long boring car ride more bearable and household chores dare I say, more fun to power through. It gives me that little extra something to go another few minutes on the treadmill.

I play music for you everyday. I have 15 days or 5316 songs on my iPod, so there is A LOT to choose from. My Essential playlist (otherwise known as the playlist of music I would have to have were I ever to find myself stranded on a deserted island and could only take one playlist), which you have probably listened to the most, includes 100 of my all time favorite songs. It is as eclectic as the rest of my music library. The first 10 songs are:

1. Ghost In You - The Psychedelic Furs
2. Rump Shaker - Wreckx-N-Effect
3. Melissa - The Allman Brothers Band
4. Anna Begins - Counting Crows
5. Love - Matt White
6. Peek-A-Boo - Sioxsie and the Banshees
7. Theme from "A Summer Place" - The Lettermen
8. Hallelujah - k.d. lang
9. Pig - Dave Matthews Band
10. Crazy - Patsy Cline

Each song is gorgeous, haunting and fun in their own special way. I think you can figure out which is which. :)

Music to me is like the sense of smell for others. It helps trigger a memory and hearing a certain song can bring me right back to that moment in time. For example, "Drive" by The Cars was my first slow dance, "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star was the song playing on the radio when I got into my first(!) car accident, "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure will always remind me of dancing the night away in Newport Beach with my college roommate and our boyfriends, "You are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder is the song my sister sang at my wedding and "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer will always make me think of my dad. Actually, a lot of songs remind me of my dad, but that one in particular. He couldn't get enough of the video featuring the scantily clad long legged chicks.

I am not a very good dancer, but I can carry a tune and you sure seem to like it when I start to move and groove and belt out with the chorus. I hope I am instilling in you an appreciation for music, if not a move or two you may bust out later in life.

The best is yet to be.

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Blogger Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

Music - so powerful!!!

My ipod is all over the place too and I have just been adding to it but not sorting it out (bit like my house!!!) and I need to sit and make some new playlists!

October 14, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love that this is something HUGE that we have in common. Daddy certainly instilled this love for music in us and we will continue that love to our children.
I love how music can instantly change my mood and/or the overall mood in the room. It is so powerful and hypnotic. I think that is why I want to work with music and be around it all day. It lifts me up and gives me something to believe in. Music is my religion.

October 14, 2009 at 11:25 PM  

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