Lately I have been writing poetry/prose/flash fiction.
Tonight I find myself in a general thought writing mood.
I should place the warning sign – Enter at own Risk, because this could bore the pants off you.
Whilst driving home from work tonight, I was listening to a radio station that I had not listened to before. They advertise ‘The Best Songs of all Time.’ Whether their statement is based on fact or not, would depend on the demographic of listeners and what type of music they enjoy listening too (I am older therefore I enjoyed).
I listened to Elvis, Herman & The Hermits, John Denver, Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Bros and many more. As I drove, I sang along to them – all of them. Words came out from the deep recesses of my grey cells, lyrics, from when I was younger, in my teens, my 20’s, my 30’s, my 40’s. (I won’t go on with the age as I am scaring myself).
I enjoy many songs that are currently playing on the radio, in fact I really like Robin Thicke and Blurred Lines – if it comes on at work (yes I am lucky enough to have a radio in my office) I can’t help but wiggle in my chair. Just quietly, it certainly does not hurt that Mr Thicke is one mighty fine lookin’ young man (well I think he is at any rate). In saying that, shall I remember the lyrics to this song in 20+ years, the answer is no. I shall hopefully though still be able to remember how Mr. Thicke looks, but that’s about it. I also love Just Give me a Reason by Pink (I pretty much love all her songs). I love music, I love writing whilst listening to music. I love dancing to music (back in the days when the stomp was fashionable) ok and after that..
Which got me thinking some more – we all know music has the ability to affect our moods.
Sad songs will bring us to tears, remind of us of broken hearts, of people we have lost, be it friends or those who have left the earth coil.
Happy songs will get us bouncing & dancing round the floor to the point of losing our knickers.
Pretty songs about love or seasons will bring a smile, a gentle sigh and feeling of warm and fuzziness.
Angry songs…well they just make me angry so I guess they are having the affect they wanted.
I’m sorry but I can’t listen to head-banging-mosh-pitting-devil worshipping-nothingness. (Iron Maiden and the like) who you say? If it isn’t harmonious, it’s not a song in my books.
1. It gives me a headache and
2. Is it really music?
Songs that take me back, allowing me to remember certain times in my life are what stay with me. The lyrics remaining in my (sometimes can’t even think of what I did yesterday) brain is something that astounds me.
I have heard so many over my years, as I am sure people in my age bracket have and it’s comforting when ‘old friends’ return, so that I can sing along with them once again.
Music and its affect on us is far ranging, will certain music cheer us if we are sad, or turn us into blubbering messes if we started off happy? If we are not in the right ‘place’ to listen, will it not affect us at all?
I could write a few pages on the different songs that I like, why I like them, how they make me feel.
In my youth I listened to Cream, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Small Faces, Beatles, Deep Purple, now I like R & B, some country, Andre Bocelli, Celtic singers and yes the ‘Golden Oldies’. My taste is still varied, I will listening to almost anything (apart from the head banging nonsense).
Below is one of the
tunes (oh how old does that sound) that I heard on my drive home and it brought to mind friends, friends who are having it tough of late, friends whose lives have been thrown a curve ball. Yes, I sang along to Dionne and I got misty eyed.
This song makes you sigh and makes you a little melancholy, it’s not a losing your knickers type song. I do believe Elton has hair?
If you like, perhaps you would like to listen to the one that got me misty. … to my friend..this is for you.
Are there any songs special to you, who did you listen to when you were younger? Your thoughts..talk to me.