Friday, March 19, 2010
The Picture + Music
This picture has been haunting me. I'm completely comfortable with my friend Dave and his sweet daughter Emma. But it's the shadow. Me. A shadow?
I looked at this picture and realized that my blog shows about that much of me, maybe even less. And that bugs me. So I'm going to try to own this blog a little more. Every once in awhile I might even talk about my feelings. I might disclose an opinion or two or three or more. I have a lot of them. I might link to a dress or a purse that I think is beautiful, like my friend Jaime does occasionally. Oh the possibilities are endless because I'm not a mere shadow.
Let's start with music. I'd like to invite you to scroll all the way down to the bottom of my page. You will see here my favorite Pandora station. According to the music genome project I like music with folk tune roots, acoustic guitars, new age aesthetics, intricate melodic phrasing, prominent lead vocalists, harmonic duets, piano, resonance and other elements. The Warlock calls it geeky coffee shop music. One of my bro-in-laws (that was you, Lex) commented once that I seemed to only like church hymns. Well, I do like church music: hymns, Janice Kapp Perry (I can hear the in-laws and The Warlock gasping and choking.), primary music, and even Christian rock. It's a little weird to hear love songs about the Savior, but the prayer requests don't offend my sensibilities like often-crude comments and jokes on the regular FM radio stations. And, I like the Raffi station on Pandora, too; I often listen to it when I'm in the car with my children. They love the clever and silly lyrics that they can understand. I love to listen to them laugh. I can listen to opera in small doses, but I find I have to really concentrate to appreciate it. I also love Jon Schmidt and George Winston-type piano music during quiet times. And I love silence. But I don't get a lot of that these days. Screeching guitars, screaming voices, and lyrics that take an IQ over 130 to understand, I'll leave for the Warlock. He's the genius in the family, after all.
I believe good art, good music, and good literature connect with a lot of people, helping us understand our own experiences a little better at our own level. It scares me that so many people like hard, anger and hate-filled music, and I don't want it near me, ever. Sometimes I walk down the street and or pass a car playing sex music. There are certain rhythms and note and beat patterns that accompany this music. It makes me physically ill just to hear/feel the bass in this type of music.
Music is powerful.
What's your soundtrack?