The musical accompanists while I type at my desk have one thing in common – their bigness. I love those who belt it out and/or pour out their emotion. As I grab my fake microphone to sing along (I usually lip sync even at home alone cuz I don’t want to detract from their incredible pipes), I feel the power surge through me.
My shoulders pump with emphasis and my arms reach to the ceiling as I perform to my water bottle and pencil holder. (They love me, what a great audience.) And I appreciate songs that make me sway or cause my hips to swing in my desk chair.
Genres and eras do not matter. It’s the power of the voice that takes me away. Literally. I just stopped typing this right now because Kelly Clarkson had me fist pumping, eyes closed, and if I could see myself, I’m sure a furrowed brow.
I play a song over and over before I switch to the next one. Music is proven by science to boost our mood. It can soothe us (you savage beast) and it can uplift us. Do you have some go-to songs that do it for you?
When I’m in a good mood, it’s easy to crank some tunes. It’s when I’m down that I need to remember to play a little something. (And yes, for the record, I have lows. Especially on monthly hormone days. What? TMI?)
Seasons do not matter either. You can do Christmas in July. I suggest “Wrapped in Red” by Kelly Clarkson. Actually play whatever floats your boat. Any song, any singer, any time of year, any time in history.
I happen to appreciate Big Voices. Whitney Houston. Adele. Freddie Mercury. My current playlist is Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn as Marilyn Monroe in “Bombshell” in SMASH singing “Don’t Forget Me.” (Did you follow that?) I am moved to tears. (We are heading to the East coast to see Megan in the flesh and I’ve warned my honey that I may cry.)
On mellow days, I dig the Barry, (Somewhere in the Night); John Denver (All for You); Pink (Just Give Me a Reason); George Michael (First Time Ever I Saw Your Face) and the list goes on and on. If you need a pick me up ever, YouTube Susan Boyle’s 2009 audition for Britain’s Got Talent. Seeing her surprise them all with her rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” makes me grin every single time (and I have watched it a lot.)
When I very first started out on the path of writing and words as my livelihood, I played Barry Manilow’s “Beautiful Music” over and over. With this song it was the lyrics that propelled me. “Before I knew that I was blessed, when I was just like the rest of the people who never let dreams in their minds….before I knew what good could be, when I couldn’t see the need or the reason for trusting in me or my star….”
Barry sang about “beautiful words about beautiful feelings, what lots of believin’ could do” and all of us when we are reaching for our dream (or too afraid to let dreams in our minds) need lots of believing. That’s what music does for us.
It’s time to start believing in you and your star. Play the music that inspires you to believe. Play the singers that speak to your soul. Let them in. Let the bigness of their voice (and their passions and dreams) seep into you. Let the music make you feel good and let it go deep into your bones. Let it become part of you. Let the mystery and the magic propel you to believe in your bigness.
Make music part of your go-to routine and make dreams part of your life. Play on, dearest you, play on!