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Missing Music

Posted by on July 7, 2014

Music the voice of my soulCouple of months ago I shared my lament with you all about missing my Brainless Activities. You know the ones where you can be doing something, but not really thinking about it. Not recommended for driving, though. Try figuring out a fight sequence while driving. Not a good idea. When did I pass that stoplight? Yeah.

Well, those thoughts led to these thoughts. Oh, how I’ve missed music. I don’t know if it’s a combination of having kids and being so focused on pursuing my dream or just not having a radio/stereo anymore, but I’m seeing a trend here. I’ve been missing out on movies too. I am forgetting to live! Well, not anymore.

Back to music. I LOVE music. And if you thought my taste in reading was eclectic, wait until you see my listening habits. From Alabama to Atahualpa to Delirious to Elvis and Enya to Il Divo to Jesus Culture to Pink, Plumb, Pentatonix to Lindsey Stirling to Third Day to the Zambian Vocal Group. I am all over the place and I hadn’t even mentioned soundtracks. (But not the ones with words.)

Music is so powerful. I’m not going to attempt to tackle that topic today. Maybe for another post another time. Right now I just want to relish it. It refreshes me, encourages me, and connects deep.  It expresses the inexpressible. Giving voice where none existed or had been silenced by circumstances. It acknowledges what we’ve been through, what we are going through, what we are feeling, our hopes and fears, and lets us know: We are not alone.

Of course not all songs do that for me…kind of like books, eh? Like soul mates. If you’ve read my guest post over on Ralene Burke’s blog, you’ll know what I’m referring to here. I’m seeing another trend… Perhaps all art can be considered a soul mate. That’s why certain things connect with certain people and not others. We aren’t going to like all of it, but we can appreciate it for what it is. Hmmmm…

Wow, such deep thoughts for a Monday morning. Ha! And I am just now getting to my caffeine.

So what say you? What are your favorite songs? Why do you think music is so powerful?

Hope you have a great rest of the week!

10 Responses to Missing Music

  1. Kessie

    I was music starved, too–then I got Spotify. I have my playlists, the kids have theirs, and we listen to lots and lots of music. Although that Pokemon album does drive me nuts sometimes. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Kessie! I’m not familiar with Spotify. Will have to check it out. I have playlists on my old mp3 player, but haven’t used that in a while. Keeping forgetting to charge it, but this new computer (BAD decision making on my part) does not have away for me to add my CDs. I used to listen to music while I wrote/edited etc, but now I have to keep an ear out for the kids. Ha! But slowly, I’m find ways to listen to music again. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Jenelle Leanne

        My new computer doesn’t have an optical drive either…. which I only miss every once in a while. Sigh.

        • J.L. Mbewe

          I hear ya! We couldn’t connect our old printer to my laptop because we couldn’t use the CDRom that came with the printer and since our printer is so old, we couldn’t download the drivers from their website. Oh well. Live and learn, eh?

          Glad to see your site up and working! 🙂

  2. sparksofember

    My favorite songs go through phases. Usually they speak to me in whatever situation I may be in. Or they are old favorite that bring me comfort and settle me into a familiar place. I’ve noticed music affects my writing – certain artists make my writing more melancholy, more introspective, etc., so I try to use that to my advantage. Similar to you, after having my daughter I fell away from reading, music and movies for years. I am only just beginning to plug back in, rediscovering old friends and all the many new artists out there.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Same here! I am definitely a mood music person. I try to use driving instrumental soundtracks for my writing, but then I usually get lost in the writing and forget about the music. Ha! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  3. L. E. Carmichael

    I need to figure out how to transfer music to the ipod I inherited from my tech-savvy husband. Yes, I am seriously behind the technology… 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Right! I’ve got an iPhone, and have yet to figure out how to transfer my music. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Jenelle Leanne

    I have not listened to a lot of music for “me” in a while, either. I think I’m going to go grab my headphones and listen to some John Denver… or Alabama… or Gordon Lightfoot. 🙂 I love older country, and some of the new stuff as well – but I’m picky.

    Thankfully, both my daughters think that Aunt Brittany’s CD is awesome, so we get to listen to that a lot, and I never get tired of it, so win-win! 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Jenelle, thanks for stopping by! I wonder if it’s just apart of growing up that we’ve listened less to music or we’re just too busy being mamas, authors, and all.

      By the way, I went and hunted down your sister’s music. I know you had mentioned her a long time ago on your blog…okay, Jan 2014 isn’t that long ago, but it sure feels like it. But I never gotten around to listen until today. Beautiful. Voice and music. Love the video you shared. 🙂 For those of you interested, here’s the link: http://jenelleschmidt.com/something-to-miss/

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