Inspiring, happy, joyful, uplifting! Those are some words that come to mind when thinking about music. I have probably picked up by now that I am trying to be inspiring and give hope to whomever reads this. I want to inspire and help lift up those who have given up because I have been helped.
Most people don’t immediately think of music as therapeutic. However, music has been immensely therapeutic for me ever since I was a little kid. How so? well, I had a brother who was handicapped and who was very active but he could neither talk nor walk. Many times he became violent because we could not understand what he wanted. Usually the only thing that would calm him and us as a family was music. Somebody would put on some great calming music and after a while we all calmed down.
Music is not always the answer but it can be an answer. Instead of simply arguing try putting on some calming music and see what happens. It is because somehow music speaks to our emotions.
Anyways, back to my life again. I did not want to simply talk about my past but use it to write about lessons I learned and what it has done for me.
It is always important to give credit to whom credit is due. Everyone deserves to earn what they worked for. That is why I would like to talk about the friends that have influenced me in a positive way. Here are a few and somethings about them.
Jake: Jake is studying medicine in Portland, Oregon and he is incredibly smart. We go way back when we first discovered that we both liked classical music. We met at a conference for young leaders and we talked at the book table for a while. He encouraged me to listen to Beethoven more because he said: “Beethoven speaks to your soul. Most others speak with melody, harmony but Beethoven knows how to go deep into you”. I thought that was interesting.
I have been listening to much of Beethoven’s music and it is great but it does not really speak to me as much as Tchaikovsky. For some reason I like him more.
Allen: He loves soundtracks and we met.. lets see.. well, at a shooting range. This is not exactly the place you would expect to see much less meet music enthusiasts. But yes, we were both shooting targets and I started talking to him.
He told me that he is a college student who always listens to movie soundtracks while he studies. I said: NO way! me too! I study with either classical music OR movie soundtracks. So we named a couple and he talked about the emotions that movie soundtracks provoque.
He challenged me to listen to soundtracks and write down what comes to mind or the emotions it draws out so that I could analyze them. I have done so many times and it seems to give me clarity. It helps me see my world better and slow down to appreciate it a little more.
My third friend is someone you would have never guessed would be either my friend OR a music freak. Hi name is Christian and he is a business man. He is actually the owner of kendall-limo.com. I am privileged.. I know. Since he runs a limo service you can imagine that he doesn’t have much free time. He is always busy but whenever we do meet we talk about life and somehow music is always somewhere in there. Read More