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Music: Shaping our Culture and Touching Our Souls

Friday, October 10, 2008

I was doing something fun on one of my teams today and it got me thinking about music and what a huge part it plays in my life. Music has the power to take us back to days gone by, to uplift us through the tough times, to energize and push us during our workouts, to bring us joy, and to make us has the power to touch our hearts sometimes when nothing else can. I can't imagine life without music! Music can make or break my workouts and I am still looking for that workout DVD that ACTUALLY has GOOD music! If anyone has any great workout DVDs with good music, please give me a heads up as I usually have to resort to turning down the volume on the DVD and just listening to my iPod while I workout.

I think I like just about all kinds of music (with the exception of most country music and all rap music). I think I would even have trouble picking a favorite decade of music. From the 60's all the way up to our present music...I just love it all! Well, I take that back, I wasn't a huge fan of disco music at the time, although now I think that it is great music to workout to.

As a kid growing up in the 60's I still remember the British Invasion music that shaped our generation back then...The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Troggs...the list goes on and on. My Dad called it "long-hair music" and he would always change the station. I had to find creative ways to listen to my music and not have to listen to my Dad's country music. How about all the great music from Motown? The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Night and the Pips, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye. Just hearing a song from the 60's can take me back to those carefree childhood days.

In the early 70's we had the psychedelic rock of Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and all the rest. The mid to late 70's rock of Fleetwood Mac, Heart, and Peter Frampton. We also had disco music around that time with Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees, the Hustle, KC and the Sunshine Band. The end of the decade brought us the beginning of punk rock with the Ramones and the Clash and the beginning of New Wave music. The 70's brings back all those memories of teen angst, high school, college, moving away from home...some good memories and some bad memories, this was an era full of memories for me:)

One of my favorite decades was the 80's and I have been known to do many a workout to 80's music! I loved it all from 80's pop and rock music (Madonna, Berlin, Genesis, the Police, Jefferson Starship, Def Lepard), New Wave music (The Talking Heads, Devo, the Cars, Elvis Costello), to hair band music (Poison, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Firehouse, Van Halen). This is just great music to work out to! I guess I am an 80's girl at heart it just brings me back to those happy days when I was newly married and working with the airlines, having a carefree time down in South Florida.

The 90's brought us Alternative Rock, dance music, and more rock. Some of my favorites were Pearl Jam, the Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, and Dave Matthews. This decade brings me memories of raising my children and going back to college for the second time. I guess this was a busy time in my life, so thinking back on this period is sort of a blur.

I wonder how this current decade of music will be remembered? I have some favorites of this particular era and this was the time when I really started branching out in my musical tastes. I finally started appreciating classical music and relaxation/spa music became a part of my life as a way to unwind.

I have pretty eclectic muscial tastes and love most music.... classical, jazz, alternative, rock, pop all the way to the electronic music of Enigma to the mellow music of Sarah McLachlan. I also love movie soundtracks and musicals. Some of my favorite current artists of this era are Coldplay, Lifehouse, Nickelback, the Foo Fighters, Daughtry and Snow Patrol. For relaxation music I love the Sacred Spa collection of various artists like 2002, Hilary Stagg, and Kevin Kern. I also like Medwyn Goodall, David Arkenstone, Secret Garden and the sounds of smooth jazz greats like Peter White, Russ Freeman, Warren Hill, and David Benoit for relaxation music. My favorite classical music is Pachelban's Canon in D, Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

I would love to hear how music has touched your lives and souls. What kind of music do you like to workout to? What's your "feel good" music? What music touches your soul? What was your favorite decade of music? What's on your iPod?

Music quotes:

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Music's the medicine of the mind. ~John A. Logan

Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo
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    Bonnie, very well said. I love all kinds of music as well. It was a sanctuary and "safe place" growing up. I have written music since I was very young and love the peace it brings to me. The joy of modern technology gives me the option of headphones that plug into my keyboard to tune out the world of children!! Thanks for this wonderful blog! Thanks for the wonderful YOU!
    What a blessing you are to others!
    A few of my fave quotes are:
    Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~Maya Angelou, Gather Together in My Name

    Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it. ~Henry David Thoreau

    You are a dear and wonderful harmony that plays out in my life!
    Hugs dear friend, Cathy

    3447 days ago
    I know!

    I have yet to find a dvd that has actual good music. Richard Simmons ones have the oldies, which are cool, but a lot of the current ones just don't get me PUMPED.

    Thanks for sharing!
    3450 days ago
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