My joy for today is music.
I am the furthest thing from a music snob. If a band or artist is not played on a Top 40 station, I have probably never heard of them, unless my much cooler brother or sister have introduced them to me. There is an exception in my repertoire for music from movie soundtracks though. I usually prefer the genres hip-hop or rap, and I do not really pay attention to lyrics of songs, even though I can sing all of the words. I am not entirely proud of all the things in this paragraph.
When I get in the car, usually to pick-up a child, I scan my three favorite radio stations. If a good song is on, I turn it up much louder than my eardrums appreciate. For a few minutes, I am not (only) a mother of four, not (only) a homeschooler, not (only) a wife. I am awesome. Do you know the feeling? The song is blasting, and all is well with the world. Anxiety, frustration, anger, loneliness; all slip away for a few minutes, and their influence somehow lessens permanently. My daughter’s preschool is very close to our home, so I may not even have time to hear a whole song. But for a few minutes, I am dancing and singing in my car like no one’s watching.
Since I am letting out embarrassing secrets, the most recent song that brought this joy was Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.” Yes, an oldie but a goodie. This song is also on my “Run” playlist. I run quite often, and I do it for two primary reasons:
1. I run so I can eat.
2. I run so I can dance.
Obviously, I do not get much time to dance and really have only officially been dancing at an establishment for such purposes a handful of times in my life. But I really love music. So when I am running, it’s somewhat like dancing. I try to run in the beat of the song, and for every awesome song that comes on, I get a few more steps out of tired legs.
A lot of my music is not safe for the little ears in my family, so I listen to it primarily when I am alone. I am not alone often. I need to remember to keep trying to work music into my day, by incorporating music that I love that is actually kid-friendly. Sometimes I stumble across a song like this on the radio, and the kids love listening to it loudly and dancing in the car together.
My parents played a big role in instilling my love of music. We actually had and continue to occasionally have sing-alongs with my mom playing the piano. My Dad cannot be in a room for much time without turning on music. I hope I am passing this love onto my children as well.
And just to show that my music tastes have a great deal of variety, Eartha Kitt’s “Je Cherche Un Homme” is currently playing on my computer, which was preceded by T-Pain’s “5 O’Clock” which was preceded by Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” Your guess is as good as mine as to what might be next.
“There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.” ~ George Eliot.
Enjoy your joys for today.