Music and Happiness
January 30, 2013
Today started out rough. I broke my own rule and didn’t get up when I woke up. I woke up at 8AM and went back to bed until 10AM. I’m getting up at 7AM to see the kiddos before school tomorrow. That’s also a great way to start my day: hanging out with three people under the age of 12.
I fumbled about in the early afternoon hours thinking about what was bringing me down. I had played guitar, I ate eggs for breakfast, I socialized, it wasn’t frigid…So what was it?
I figured it out later: I hadn’t listened to music.
Well, no, I did, but I didn’t really listen. I just threw it on. Then I drove to my apartment and put on SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl (with the best DJ - Kim Monroe) and found Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.” I started singing along as loud as I could and felt so much better. It was incredible! Then I switched to my CDs (the Doors came on, and I’ll admit it: I am not a huge fan of the Doors, but I think I’ve said that before) and put on Tom Petty. Oh boy was I happy!
And I was thinking about how something so silly can make people so happy. Can I say that that’s silly? Jennifer Lawrence (or J-Law as Will Ferrell calls her now (I love that)) said acting is stupid. Sapphire may have said it best in Almost Famous:
…To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts.
Story of my life. So much that it hurts. I love playing music more than anything in the world.
It’s amazing what four chords and a backbeat can do to my mood. And I know I’m not alone on this one - otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow starting off better than today.
As long as I don’t break my own rule again.