Life’s ups and downs can be a rough experience. Sometimes all it takes to make a situation better is realizing we’re not alone in our trials. And that’s where music steps up and takes one for the team.
Country music has provided the background noise to my life. There’s always been that perfect song to fit every experience I’ve had. Whether it was a breakup, butterflies, a cross country move or a ghost of my past coming to haunt me, there was a song. The artists always seem to be reaching directly into my heart and soul.
They say music can soothe the savage beast and I for one whole-heartedly agree. Strong emotions are part of being human. I’ve always found that when anger, fear, stress and depression creep into my pores, the only thing that can cleanse them thoroughly is music.
Stress is often cured with soft music playing simply in the background, to help my mind focus on the big picture instead of the minute details of a situation. Fear and anger, however, require music so loud I couldn’t possibly focus on anything other than the beat.
A great songwriter is one who has experienced life in a way that most other people have to. Trials and tribulations must mix with the positives. Lyrics are what connect the music to the listener’s life. They get folks through the rough spots and help them celebrate the triumphs.
You’ll find music at weddings, funerals, graduations, deathbeds, schools and jobs. People play it while they drive, run and even while they sleep. It’s the subject of dreams and aspirations and those lucky enough to get to make a living from it, thrive while performing.
It’s one of the first things we teach our children, sometimes starting even before they’re born. We sing to them, dance with them and squeal with glee when they start doing the same all on their own.
Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten was when times are hard and it’s difficult to focus on the good in life, start every day by dancing. Though I’m probably the world’s worst dancer, I must say, it works wonders to get out of bed, turn on some upbeat tunes and fling myself around the room for a while.
So next time your feelings have you all jumbled up inside, turn them loose. Find a radio, and a station you like. Turn it up and dance it out!