Letter from the Editor: The Sound of Music

Part of our family lore is a story about me celebrating a very early birthday; I had the exact same response to each and every gift I received that year:  “It’s just what I’ve always wanted!”  That is to say, I was not very discriminating at a young age.  But my Mother claims that even as a toddler I knew my mind when it came to music; at the age of three I requested she purchase the single “Julie, Do ‘Ya Love Me” by Bobby Sherman.  She was so flabbergasted by the specificity of that wish that she granted it.

Music was a very intrinsic part of our home life.  My parents favored classic Broadway musicals, Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert; my siblings, 7 and 10 years older than me, kept me well-versed in all manner of classic 70’s music.  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, America, Three Dog Night, Led Zeppelin, Yes and so many others provided the soundtrack to my life for those formative years.  One of my most prized wedding gifts was a boxed set of music from the decade, featuring classics and camp alike.  This from dear friends who REALLY know and understand me.

The music of that era remains my favorite to this day; when someone recently commented on Facebook that Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” is one of the world’s greatest songs, I emphatically agreed.  Seriously, it is desert-island worthy.  But on the other hand, although I am fairly certain “Sister Golden Hair Surprise” is going to make exactly NO ONE’S list of the world’s best music, I still sing at the top of my lungs every time I hear it.

Music is life.  Music is nostalgia.  Music seeps into our pores, it colors our souls, it tickles our imaginations.  There is a reason so many of us hero worship musicians and composers; they are telling our stories with more vibrancy and resonance than we could ever muster without the magic of their notes.  Music tranforms, transports and reveals.  Music is a vehicle for opening up deeper expressions of our emotions, for psychic release.

This month we are talking about the sound of music; how it has influenced, shaped and changed us.  We hope you enjoy our wonderful contributors and that you will add your own voice to the discussion:  what songs, or kinds of music influenced you?  What are your earliest memories of music?  I would not be surprised at all to hear some of you express the view that music “saved your life”.  Because to be honest, I think we all feel that way.

Music is the gateway to healing; it lifts us up, brings us together and opens our hearts.

Warmest Wishes,

Kara 

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9 thoughts on “Letter from the Editor: The Sound of Music

  1. Both my husband and my son are vocalists and musicians. Hearing them play always brings me great joy. My son is currently touring with Up With People. For me, there is no music that can beat the era of the late 1960’s – early 1970’s.

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  2. I have a lot of wonderful musicians in my life. Seeing them perform, supporting their work is truly one of my greatest joys! How wonderful that your son is living his passion!

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  3. That boxed set of 70s music sounds like HEAVEN. When I was growing up, the local radio station did a “70s on Sunday” all day long of everything from folk, disco, stadium rock to punk. I miss that so much. I’ve tried to replicate the 70s on Sunday every day with Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify but nothing really comes close. I love this post. And I love “Sister Golden Hair Surprise.” Can’t you see it in my eyes?

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    1. The music of that era is like a time machine for me; I feel younger, happier and healthier when I am listening to it! I do particularly love America, though.

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  4. yes music can express emotion that gave relief when younger: soul asylum – runaway train, crowded house – 4 seasons in one day, icehouse – man of colours. but I love jazz, classical music too for their complexity and full range in emotion. if I do a post on music I’ll acknowledge you as inpiration. thank you.

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  5. One of my biggest losses, running second to my husband’s death, has been 80% hearing loss leaving sound muffled and distorted. This change began more than 20 years ago, but became much worse about four years ago. I can’t lip-read music. Music is no longer enjoyable, but I still hear it internally and sometimes in dreams. I agree that music is healing, life, nostalgia, memory, imagination, healing, and for me the pleasure of dancing and moving rhythmically. Ah, this life of giving up things…

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  6. We had a post last month by Debbie Jinks about losing her sense of smell and taste, so difficult to imagine life without them. Yet we as humans have an amazing resiliency and ability to adjust. When fate forces us to give things up, it is perhaps the hardest lesson of surrender. It always makes me think of Bartleby saying “I would prefer not to”!

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  7. I grew up with an eclectic exposure to music from Bobby Vinton to obscure bluegrass bands to the Beatles. I craft soundtracks when I am writing novels to represent the music of my characters’ lives! Music is so influential in many ways.

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