Essays

Taking Note

I’m in the middle of a project. I’ve decided to digitize all my music, or at least the majority of it. So I’ve been grabbing a stack of CDs, when I have some time, and plugging them into the computer. From there it’s a matter of uploading them to my ipod and then deleting them off the hard drive. There might be an easier way, but I don’t think so.

At times it’s kind of tedious. I listen to snippets of songs on the discs to see if I want all of them, or just some. I choose the tracks I want and then import them. Disc after disc. The thing is… I get to hear music I’ve had for 20 years. I was looking at my collection and I purchased my first CDs in 1986/87. In fact, I know the first one I bought. Basia. I know, I know… everyone is saying… who? But really, it’s pretty good. Anyway… I find myself listening to music and feeling all of these unexpected emotions. It’s amazing how much music is connected to our emotional lives… it’s phenomenal. It’s like taking a trip down memory lane listening to it. It brings back actual memories of things I was doing and people I was with while listening to a particular song or CD. The music definitely reflects my “self” back then. What a great thing to be able to experience again. That and the other part of it… which is, I’m so happy now.

What prompted this whole little diatribe is that I was listening to a CD and thinking and feeling how sad I was when I was listening to it all those years ago. How much I was wishing I had someone in my life, etc., etc. How comforted the me then would’ve been to know how happy I was going to be. Because now, today, I have what I was missing and wanting… I have a big big love in my life. One that fills me up to overflowing. I was feeling that so strongly, listening to the CD, that when Karen walked in I was tearing up. So happy with how happy I am today, compared to the little bit of crazy I was feeling so long ago.

That is the power of music. It lifts our souls to soaring, helps us feel lighter when we are adrift, and brings us down to earth when our hearts need quieting. All of that while being a time machine to our past and a conduit to what our future could be. It’s truly magic, and wonderful.

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