Musings on Music

The power music has on my mood never ceases to amaze me.  Last night after getting thoroughly worked up about my work (or lack thereof) situation I set about doing the dishes.  I decided to hit play on my computer’s iTunes for a little background noise.  By the time I started drying the dishes I was singing along, dancing around the kitchen, and my mood had done a 180 degree turnaround.  It’s funny how a song from Glee, the 80’s, certain pop songs or even the “golden oldies” can instantly perk me up.  But if I’m stressed a song from Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra or Josh Groban can soothe my frazzled nerves.

Music has always played a large part in my life.  When I was kid I wanted desperately to learn to play an instrument.  My parents signed me up for piano lessons and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  Except for the whole practicing part (sorry mom!) :-)  Once I got to high school I really blew of practicing and ended up stopping lessons and playing all together.  I keep telling myself that some day I’ll start back up again, we’ll see.  I was also in choir in school and even played handbells in my church.  I’ve had a love of musical theater for as long as I can remember as well.

But most of all, music evokes strong memories for me.  I don’t know if it’s common, but there are certain songs or genres that have strong associations with experiences or people in my life.  For example, Beach Boys songs and classical music will always remind me of my parents.  Anything from the 80’s or early 90’s reminds me of high school, specifically water polo/swim practices or meets plus days at the beach with friends.  Songs including Standing Outside the Fire, The Way You Look Tonight, St. Patrick’s Day and Unanswered Prayers make me think of road trips with Emily and Dianna in college.  There are so many songs I associate with C and I’s relationship I can’t list them all. Some of the songs from our wedding reception were put on a CD by our DJ so now whenever I hear those I’m instantly transported back to that fantastic day.

What songs or music genres are imprinted in your mind?