“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
― Maya Angelou
THERE are a few things you can do when you are locked down. Take away work and what are you left with? Reading? I would love to, but after three pages, I get drowsy and just fall asleep. Get depressed? Well, that is easy enough but who would want that? That leaves me one thing, music. And with that, I rest my weary head and flop into bliss with my headphones. And I have to thank Spotify for that.
My playlists fill my days and I have practically all genres in my playlists, well, no rap music for me though, that I cannot appreciate. But the rest, well, it is almost a wishing well filled to the brim. I spend hours searching for songs. There are times when I find myself at 4 a.m. discovering new songs or rediscovering old favorites. And sometimes much to my delight, I find new treasures.
My 70s playlists are actually two separate ones. I have a 70s playlist that has over a thousand songs. And the other 70s playlist is less than 400 because the second one was chosen carefully. Only the ones that felt would earn the place in a selected list are there.
Then there are the standard songs that my father used to play during Sunday lunches. That list is quite long also because of my father’s influence. Then there are the decade lists, 50s, 60s and 80s. I stopped there. Of course, I have newer songs, but they fall into some category.
I have bossa nova, jazz, light orchestra, classical that include baroque and light classical. I find “heavy” orchestra a little dark. I will not mention composers because they might haunt me but I like the usual Mozart, Bach, and Satie. But I love Baroque and the majestic strings that weave some invisible tapestry of longing.
Then there is anime soundtrack or anything Japanese. I love the melody of Japanese composers. They are quirky and lush and serene. It calms me, their music does. Try listening to the composer Masaya.
I also have a playlist I call Voices. That one took me some time because I had to go through a lot of choices. It was torture looking for songs but it was divine also. Included in that list are Windmills of Your Mind by Barbra Streisand, Hello Again by Neil In my case, aside from work, there are Diamond with the London Symphony and Adele with Make you Feel My Love. Too many to mention though. One of these days I might just my lists.
Music soothes, music liberates. Music is the soul reawakened.