Friday, November 21, 2008

Being Thankful Day 2

Yesterday I posted on the thrills and chills of teaching and how grateful I am for that. Today I've got...

I am thankful for music.

When I was in junior high, our English teacher assigned us to choose one thing we couldn't live without for one day and write a paper on why. The three choices were television, cars, or music. I, being a huge TV junkie even back then, chose television. I never liked English and turned out some lame-o essay on why TV was so important no one could live for a day without it. *snort*

But now, I would have to change that to music. Since I drive in the car a lot, music is important to me. It can set the mood for almost anything. It can make me feel better or make me feel worse. There are so many uplifting lyrics and melodies that I don't think I could make it a day without music. Just imagine Indiana Jones without the theme music. When he puts his hat on at the end and you hear those familiar notes...there's nothing like music. Or consider Star Wars when Anakin is going to the dark side and you hear those bass notes signaling the birth of Darth Vader. I have chills just typing it.

Movies, TV, the radio, it's all meaningless without music. (Don't get me started on talk radio. Just don't.) I also find inspiration for writing and life through music. I really don't think I could go a day without listening to music.

I listen to music the same way I read books. Over and over and over again. Then I'll find a new favorite (right now the playlist has seven songs that repeat and repeat and repeat...) and replace one of my old faves. At this moment, Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" is being pushed out by Jesse McCartney's "Beautiful Soul." Sorry Leona. The playlist can only be 30 minutes. Why? I don't know, it's just something I do.

My all-time favorite song? I know you're dying inside to know. "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting. Awe-some.

So I am thankful I can hear and have music to help me through my day.


Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I am new here! What a great blog :)

Jennifer said...

True, that. :)

I love Five for Fighting. They have a great sound. Superman wasn't one I was familiar with too much, so I googled it. (Can you believe "googled" is underlined in red? I swear, when is the dictionary going to catch up already???) Anyway, I found this music video: and I think it's amazing the special effects they used in it. Love. It.

And, I agree with you. I couldn't live without music. My kids and I sing at the top of our lungs while driving down the freeway. Our current favorite is Jenny Jordan Frogley - "Free" and "Now We Are Free" are our faves. You can hear some of her music at But, I digress.

jess said...

if i never have to hear that bleeding love song again, it will be too soon. sorry.

move over, leona!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, Jen new music. Thanks!

Jess, I know the Bleeding Love is getting a little old. Someone told me that some of her other stuff is better, I might check that out.


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