Welcome to Day 9 of my 28 days series! If you’re visiting for the first time, you can catch up on my intro and Day #1 post here. You can also follow the tag “28thingsIlovethataren’tyou” to read all the posts so far in one place. And if you decide to play along with your own 28 Things list, let me know in the comments!
Things I Love – Day 9
I thought talking about why I love music would be a good follow-up to the alcohol post since music is probably my biggest happy-mood inducer, even more than drinking. Not to mention, music is way easier to get, cheaper, and I’ve yet to have a music-fueled hangover the next morning.
Like movies, I don’t really talk a lot about what kind of music I listen to, mostly because a) I assume that nobody fucking cares what mp3’s I’m playing on my phone and b) if they did care, it’d probably only be to tell me that it’s crap and shove their idea of what good music is in my general direction. I like listening to new sounds, but I also like what I like – be it old, new, obscure, popular or just plain weird.
And usually, what I like is music that makes me feel something. I think everyone, at some point in their life, has heard a song or two that just hits a nerve and feels like it was created for that moment, for you. I’m willing to lay money down that, buried on everyone’s cell phone or in their computer is some secret playlist of songs that you feel sum up your life. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.
Music is a lot of things to me; it’s a warm, happy hug for my brain that magically prevents me from shoving obnoxious people into oncoming traffic when they cut me off or crash into me while walking. It’s the ongoing soundtrack for the existential thriller that is my life. On a more spiritual level, there’s always been something about music that makes me feel…more present? More in-step (or in-beat) with the world around me. Actually, there’s a movie that has a really close example of what I mean. It’s the movie Ink, which is definitely one of my top favorite movies of all time. Seriously, if you can, watch it. If not, then hopefully, this little clip will give some impression of what I feel when I’m out and about with a good song in my ears.
When I’m listening to music, it’s as if the rhythm of the song echos out into my surroundings and everything just becomes another layer of sound in harmony with what I’m listening to.
What about you? What does music do for you? If your life was a movie, what genre (real or imagined) would it be? Comment below, or leave a link to your favorite song at this moment.