There is something very wonderful about music. Words are wonderful enough; but music is even more wonderful. It speaks not to our thoughts as words do; it speaks through our hearts and spirits, to the very core and root of our souls. Music soothes us, stirs us up, it puts noble feelings in us, it can make us cringe; and it can melt us to tears;. and yet we have not idea how. It is a language by itself, just as perfect in its ways as speech, as words, just as blessed.
– Charles Kingsley
When I write poetry I hear music in my head. It can be a current song, or just snippets of songs that kind of meld together, but I hear music. It’s like the words in each line have to conform in some way to the music in my head. One of my some days is to learn to play the piano and really understand music from the heart and soul level. I think I could be a song writer and poems are just a step away from lyrics. But it is one of those dreams that always plays second fiddle to whatever is creating the passion in my life at the moment.
Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.
– Johnny Depp
I love movie soundtracks for my favorite movies. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek – epic movies that you can watch over and over again. The soundtracks for each of the series have some of the same themes within them from each movie and they have some new music. Lord of the Rings for example has a specific melody for when the hobbits are involved. When I listen to the soundtracks I remember the scenes they are attached to. Battle scenes, scenes when someone beloved character is killed, scenes with love and joy and sorrow and death. Without even knowing a movie you can listen to the soundtrack and you know what emotion is happening on the movie.
I love music. For me, music is morning coffee. It’s mood medicine. It’s pure magic. A good song is like a good meal – I just want to inhale it and then a share bite with someone else.
– Hoda Kotb
On a recent New Years Eve, my nephew got married in Bullhead City, AZ. We stayed in Laughlin, NV and then went to St George to see my Aunt. We came home Saturday the 2nd, leaving around 1:00 PM and driving back to LA was a nightmare. I foolishly thought that leaving on Saturday would be escaping the crawling traffic on Sunday. The six hour drive took nine hours and would have probably been more if I hadn’t cut off at Highway 58 and cut across to I-5 that way and then down to 118 and home.
Sometimes music is the only thing that takes your mind off everything else.
I share this because when you are in solid bumper to bumper traffic people seem to lose any manners that they might have had. People were driving on the shoulders, driving alongside the road on the desert, they were cutting people off, honking horns and of course the hand gestures. Every once in awhile I would have to take a deep centering breath because I could feel the frustration, anger, anxiety coming into my car from the people surrounding us. Music has a way of soothing the soul when you are in these types of tense feeling situations.
Dear Music, thanks for always clearing my head, healing my heart, and lifting my spirits.
– Lori Deschene
The other quote I loved and considered for this post was from an unknown author, “music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it a rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” I went with Plato because of “wings to the mind” and “flight to the imagination”. I love the visuals I get with the words, wings and flight.
The beats in a song are like the heart beating. A steady comforting sound. We hear the beating of our moms heart at conception. We put our ears against our lovers chest and hear the beating of their heart. It is life pumping through our body and soul until the last heartbeat echo’s off in the distance, and we return to our heavenly father.
There is also a rhythm to music and to beating of the heart. There is even a genre of music called “soul music”. It is a mixture of gospel and rhythm and blues music. It draws your body to move with the music. You might start dancing or clapping your hands, you just have to participate with your body.
Music unwraps the heart, sings out the prayer. dances the spirit, and opens the soul.
– Mary Davis
When words fail us, music can still transport us up the vibrational scale from the depths of despair back into the nirvana of the soul, where beauty, joy and happiness live. It fills in the emptiness that we feel in our soul and like a string draws the soul up towards the light.
Martin Luther called music, “the art of the prophets” and said “it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” Music transcends generations of men. It lives on long after the composer has left the earthly realm. It doesn’t require to be translated like words into one’s own language but exists in all languages.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
– Berthold Auerbach
It has even been said that “music is the prayer that the heart sings.” I know that there have been many times in my life that music was my only escape from the problems I was experiencing. It allowed me to regroup, put myself back together emotionally and go back into life feeling like things would be ok.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
– Maya Angelou
Years ago when my children were young, I would put on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and clean my house. It made the housework go so much faster and not seem like such a chore. So whatever is going on with your life, just know that there is some music to go along with it, or to transport you away from it. You can go into deep meditation or get your party started and rock out your soul!
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