Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyper, mad
Monday, December 13, 2010
I love music and frequently have it on in the background of my life! You name it, rock, r & b, jazz, swing, classic, folk, opera, even ol' timey--just about anything but country music. I like Johnny Cash, but that's about all the country I can take.
When I was in grade school I started playing the flute in our concert band. By the time I was in high school I had added the piccolo and alto saxophone to my repertoire--the sax so I could play in the jazz band. I fiddled around enough with the guitar to know some basic chords and how to strum my way through a piece of music.
College kept me too busy to play music, but when I was in grad school, I was able to get heavily discounted season tickets to the St. Louis Symphony. I've been a season ticket holder ever since (minus a season here and there when I had little babies and really couldn't schedule my life very well!) I think that listening to an orchestra play a great piece of music (such as Beethoven's 9th Symphony) is one of the most "alive" and "sensuous" experiences a person can have. The emotions that the musicians, the conductor and the audience all share as the piece comes to a close frequently brings me to tears.
Like I said, I love all sorts of music. I have several play lists on my ipod that I use when I run or do cardio. All of them are peppy tunes, good for dancing (or running!) and make me want to move my body. I have another play list for doing weights that is a little easier. Both have a lot of classic rock--Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springstein, Beach Boys, Elton John--stuff from the 60s and 70s, as well as swing. They also have some funk and disco (I'll admit that the stuff is good to work-out to!)
I like to listen to cool jazz, especially in the evenings on the weekends, when I can sit back with my husband, have a glass of wine and relax. I love both instrumental jazz (Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Chet Baker) and vocal jazz (Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald.)
Fortunately, St. Louis is blessed with a good jazz public radio station (no commercials!) We recently lost our classic station, but I can pick up classic music on the internet if I don't want to listen to a CD.
Listening to music makes me feel good--and I find it boosts both my spirits and my energy level when I'm exercising. Plus it makes the time pass more quickly!