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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.