When I was really young my parents were listening to Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Joe Cocker and The Three Dog Nite, Temptations and Eton John. Oh let me not forget the Beatles, at the time, I thought “Hey Jude” was simply the best song ever….and it did not hurt that my mom would play it over and over while, she, my sister and I danced around the record player….But I think my favorite was Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen album.
My iPod is filled with songs from the 60’s and 70’s that are attached to fond memories of my childhood. Those were definitely, “the good ole days.” It was not until I reached junior high school that I found a style of music that was my own. At school someone was playing War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends”, on a small radio and I LOVED it!
No matter how long I waited and waited, while listening to the stations that my dad had on in the car or inside the house…I never heard it! It was not until one day while ironing a pair of shorts (yes I use to iron back then, anyone who knows me now, understands that is no longer the case) I was so desperate to hear my new song, that I started to fiddle with the radio. Bingo!
I had found it! And, it was on a double play! There I was dancing around while listening to Why Can’t We Be Friends! It was a moment of true bliss. A few minutes later my father walked in and said, “Oh Lord you dun found those OTHER radio stations!” Yup and with it my own sense of joy in music. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I can still appreciate a good country song….by then he had gone country. My sister and I use to take turns wearing this old wig, and grabbing a hairbrush to perform Tammy Wynette’s MY D I V O R C E….becomes final todaaaay! That entertained my sister, father, and me for hours on end.
Music is such a personal choice it, touches different people in different ways. When the backlash began against rap music back in the late 80’s early 90’s I remember thinking to myself that this is no different than the backlash of rock and roll back in the 50’s. I’m a hip hop FAN! I hear my favorite songs and feel the bliss!
One of my favorite quotes from MC Hammer was, “It’s All Good.” The poetry of hip hop has changed and morphed into many mini genres within the genre…some still move me in my heart and feet, others move my feet until I hear what is being said. Then is when I have to stop and remember it’s all good. It’s all about what moves you. Judge your own reaction and not what you think the reaction should be from others.
Music fills my soul, makes me happy, inspires me to dream, calms my soul, and assists in meditation. The vibration of sound is, well can be a mood, even life altering sensation. When I hear people speak about rap music, the misogynistic lyrics, nonsensical bragging, the insane violent hooks…okay Cypress Hill just popped in my head, “Here is Something You Can’t Understand, How I could Just…” Damn I loved that song! And, so music has taught me not to judge. In the words of Eckhart Tolle, “It is, because it is!”
This world is made up of vibrations, feel your vibe. What affects one person one way can send an entirely different message elsewhere. Feeling bad? Get in touch with what makes you feel good. Music helps me get there every time. Let the music, whatever it may be move you.
Today I am thankful for my iPod! Thank you Steve Jobs, your creative little invention allowed the world to carry our entire collection of happiness around in our pockets!
Lifeis: About aligning yourself with the right vibrations, the ones that make your soul soar.