Monday, November 4, 2013

Music is like Magic


“Without music, life would be a mistake” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I often sit back and think about how a song takes each listener to a unique place. No two people “hear” a song the same. There’s just something so beautiful about that thought. The same song can cause a flood of happy memories for one person and a flood of sad ones for another. I don't know of any other art form that can do that.

Music touches us each in such different, yet significant, ways. It has a way of helping us find ourselves when we get lost. It has a way of reaching deep into a part of our soul and affecting the very core of our being. Music transports us. Is there anything that can take us back in time the way that music can?

For me, whenever I hear a song, I immediately associate it with the time period in which it came out. It reminds me of where I was in life, what I was doing in life, and who was in my life during that time period. It instantly brings back a flood of memories.

What does music do for you?

165 comments:

  1. There ARE songs that can instantly transport me back to a specific time and place. Not all songs, but certain ones are pinned to vivid memories. (Kind of like some smells.) Music can also totally affect how you view something. A different sound track for the exact same sequence of video shot can completely change how you interpret the scene.

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  2. I love music and all it evokes. There's just something special it does to brain chemistry~

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  3. I love all music and whenever I hear a song it does the same to me .. is a sad, soulful tune that brings my heart back to a moment in time ?? Does it remind me of a happy time?? Or is it just Miley Cyrus, and then I change the station?? :)

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  4. Oh there are specific songs that take me back to my good ol' college days, songs that can bring me outta whatevah funk I might be in, and songs that make me think of ex boyfriends good and bad. But without a doubt when my all time favorite song "Hold On Loosely" comes on you just bettah watch out 'cause this girl is gettin' up and dancin' no matter where I am and beltin' it out at the top of my lungs baby!!!!!

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  5. Music is a huge part of my life my head is full of music and memories all intertwined and keeping me very very happy of times long gone. B.

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  6. It's funny because I don't listen to music much anymore, but some songs take me back to when I was a kid and all through high school and college. And, of course, there's the song my husband and I danced to at our wedding. :)

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  7. I have just written a blog post about this! It's about ten tunes I heard on my shuffle mix and the story each one plays in my mind. Music and mood are so closely linked, and it's the quickest de-stresser I know. Love your raindrop image too : )

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  8. Music does have a wonderful nostalgia factor!! I'm instantly transported back to a place and time too, with certain songs. And music's got a good pick me up value too...it gets you moving on a treadmill, bouncing around happy while cleaning, and dancing while you're cooking. At least it does for me. :)

    Have a great week!

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  9. I absolutely love music and can never get enough of it. It stirs things deep inside me and can change how I feel about something in an instant. It's a truly magical and wondrous thing.

    If done properly that is.

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  10. Hi Keith! Great post! My feelings about music are like yours. I've often wondered, when I'm in a real philosophical mood, if I had to choose between being blind or being deaf, which would I choose? And it wouldn't be from birth, but from maybe my present age, so that I already know what everything looks like and sounds like. That would be a very tough question, wouldn't it? If I couldn't see all the beauty in nature, or babies, or animals, etc....Hmmm...And what if I couldn't hear birds chirp, babies giggle or cry, and MUSIC? What if I couldn't hear music?? I'm glad I don't have to make that choice!

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  11. you know some songs do take me back to a time and place. I love music, it relaxes, therapeutic, much like blogging!

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  12. i think music is the most modern form of magic. it does so many things for me. but most of all, it makes me feel emotion. i love the nostalgia feeling when i hear, or even just remember a sling of tune in my head. the notes keep playing in my head but i can't quite recall what it is but i'm sure i love it, and it brings me back to my childhood memory.

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  13. I had those experiences a week or two ago while listening to "The Best of the Moody Blues" CD I have.

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  14. Music definitely invokes time travel of our memories. Smell is also a strong one for me too transporting me back to a specific time or place. Interestingly I have to be 'in the mood' for music. I can love it one minute and find it irritating the next. Weird how that is. Love that image.

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  15. Music is one of the truly beautiful things in my life.
    It is a joy, a mood lifter, and has even been a life-line.
    As you say, each piece has the power to transport you back to the time it was first released.
    Some tracks bring such poignant memories that they can reduce me to tears, fill me with longing to be "back there" in happier times.
    Yes...music is often the most powerful of art forms. Life would be mere existence without it! :)

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  16. Music is a huge part of my life. I love all kinds of music with the exception of hard rock and rap. I can listen to music for hours. It transports me to happier times and calms me down.

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  17. music def plays a huge role in my life...even when i am not around it...the songs run in my head....it affects my mood...influences my writing...playing and singing def bring me joy as well...

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  18. Music is so powerful connected to old memories for me. It soothes my feelings and can energize me almost instantly. Not sure why I don't play my music more at times.

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  19. I used to play piano when I was younger clear up until high school. I often times I wish I would have stuck with it over sports. If I concentrate hard enough I can still play sheet music, although I'm pretty rusty. I also played the tenor and baritone saxes. They were definitely one of m favorite things to play. :)
    I think everyone can say that it speaks to them. It's like we were created to make it, to let it transport us. It's amazing how there are so many genres and everyone likes a different variation of them. My two favorite are metal (and sub genres within) and house. It's almost an identity we have when we choose what we listen to.

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  20. I couldn't have said this better myself how music makes me feel. Thank you for expressing what is in my heart so beautifully

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  21. It's the same for me. Music takes me back to certain times and places; it brings back memories, both good and bad. Its power is truly immense.

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  22. yes , it's the same for me too, loved the post :)

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  23. I love music. Some of the songs that I listened to after my dad passed away still bring me back to the day when I hear them. Yesterday was the day we lost him thirty some years ago and I still remember the songs my brother played while mourning for our dad.
    I love music from India, I listen to American music just the same as it brings me closer to my kids and helps me understand them as they grew up here in the US.
    Closest thing to music when it comes to feelings and memories even is the sense of smell.

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  24. PS
    Sara Pearson used to blog about music and would analyse songs from near and or distant past. She stopped blogging some time ago and I so miss that blog.

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  25. Music reminds me I am part of a bigger world. And it makes me feel like I am instantly connected to a universe of other music lovers. I just watched a documentary about NOrthern Uganda and how the kids are healing form the war atrocities they have seen. Music is their escape, their home away from home. They light right up and forget the gruesome past.

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  26. Where would I be without music... it reaches deep down inside me, grabs my soul, and squeezes. Few things can make me as happy, and few things are still so fraught with emotional peril. There are a handful of songs I will never be able to listen to again because of the memories associated, and some that will always make me cry with joy! I love your posts :)
    ~April

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  27. Music has been important to me for so long that I am unable to remember life without it! Mother would sing to herself as she did chores around the house when I was a young child. A world without music would definitely be lacking!

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  28. I think like you music is absolutely magic, sometimes when Im alone I listen some music and travel to last tomes or others sites, I love to Heard music when Im alone, the kids love hard rock and love osme of these too but when I cook or bake I need other music, anyway the twins are crazy by music!!
    Nice post Keith!

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  29. I use a lot of different music for my dance classes but I only listen for the beat. I rarely ever hear the words. I hear music in relation to what the body can do to it. I listen to talk radio when I'm not doing choreography.

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  30. I absolutely love music. I especially love music from the early 1900's to 1950's. I enjoy music that has meaning and that is relaxing or "happy"...it has a great effect on me. :)

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  31. I can't imagine a world without music. Different songs transport me to different times, into different moods too. A certain song can bring back memories from many years ago.

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  32. I like your description of what music does for you. I agree. It also can sooth, or excite, or in my case as a teacher, help people find their voice.

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  33. So true - music, like good literature, transports and transforms us.

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  34. As a professional musician, music has always been an intricate part of my life. It inspires a limitless array of human emotions, transporting each of us into our own private realm of emotional satisfaction. Music is extremely therapeutic - - and, in one way or another - it appeals to everyone.

    You've very aptly summed up the intrigue of music in only a few paragraphs.

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  35. I agree-music is special for allot of us-brings back good-or bad memories-I love music partly for the memories

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  36. It does bring back a lot of memories, but each one always reminds me of a movie

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  37. I love music. I've been talking about the elements and principles of design in my Color Theory class. I often refer back to music as an art form. If a song doesn't have unity, variety, repetition it doesn't work. It's the same with other forms of art. Texture visually are different types of instruments that play. They make sounds that indicate rough, or soft textures.

    I gave my students a dance like ballet/tap or a form of music like folk/ blues. They had to represent that sound, or movement with only line. It was just an exercise, but it was pretty interesting. Usually I'm pretty detailed about what I want. This time it was whatever. Some students do very well with that, while others beg me for more of what I want.

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  38. Without music, my life would be greatly diminished. There is music for every taste, mood and occasion and it's a huge part of my life.

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  39. Music is needed in life, it transports us

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  40. I love music, i even sometimes write poetry about it....

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  41. That last paragraph had a nice texture, Keith. And, like probably most of your readers, I completely understand.

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  42. I agree and it is a wonderful thing. Seeing the impact of music on people with dementia is a great thing too, really magical.

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  43. The last paragraph is perfectly accurate! When one of my favorite songs comes up on the radio unexpectedly, I feel elated. :)

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  44. Music always ties the past to present. Good post.

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  45. Music is the only thing I do that comes close to my love of writing. As soon as I've sung, the world feels like a better place. :-)

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  46. You hit the nail on the head here. I can't really think of any other art form that can have the same emotional impact on people like music can. Music is a beautiful gift.

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  47. You are absolutely right in describing music as having the power to 'transport' us. Yes, it envelopes us in memories (and the sense of past time and place) with such vividness, but it also inspires, invigorates, challenges, and - for me more than anything - helps to express things deep inside of us. It seems to be part of our emotional vocabulary.

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  48. Awesome choice of topic. Music may as well be blood for me--meaning I wouldn't live without it. I've always heard it playing in my head, always. Who orchestras sometimes. That's why I write it, why I'm a vocal performer, why I wrote a musical. My great grandmother called music "poetry of the soul," and while that's a pretty awesome definition, I tend to believe it's the purest form of expression/emotion.

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  49. It does the same thing for me, too! I have always loved music and how it can transport you to another place and time. Sometimes when I'm feeling a certain emotion, I can think of a song I want to listen to that will help get me through it. It's like an emotional release! Except for that darn Sarah McLachlan song that's on the sad animal commercials. I could go the rest of my life not hearing that song and be ok! Conjures up too many sad images for me.

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  50. I love music, it goes on when I get up in the morning, and it goes off when I go to bed at night. Actually, I would like it even when I'm asleep, lol.

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  51. I too find it amazing how music transports us to another time. What is also amazing, we may not have heard a song in decades, yet we still know all the words. Now if they had only set algebra to music---

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  52. Music does a lot of things...it's doubtful I could do it justice here in a comment. Right now I'm listening to Escape the Fate...they are young and rock the house! I listen to a wide variety of music and love how it all strums the chords of my soul. Sometimes a song brings out one things other times something else...different each and every time I hear it. One way or another to listen to music is to hear the voice of God.

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  53. Music takes me to every place ont he spectrum of emotions. I'm most impressed when I find that the lyrics really speak to me too. That's often not the case.

    Be well.
    xoRobyn

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  54. Songs always remind me of something too. Sometimes it is a good thing, sometimes a bad thing. I could not imagine to live with out music!

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  55. Music is definitely a huge part of my life. Though I tend to only listen to it in the car or when I am working out, it really lifts my mood!

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  56. Music is nourishment for the mind

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  57. Music takes me back in time... there are some songs that have so much meaning for me that I have not even allowed myself to listen to them right now. Some day I will be able to... someday they will give me good memories :)

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  58. It seems to calm my brain down!!! Into a place where there is only the music and the beat...

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  59. Keith,

    Music is quite simply a requirement for life, with all its moods and modes:)

    Eileen

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  60. It does the same for me as it does for you.

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  61. Yes...I completely agree with you. Whether it's listening to music, or playing my guitar or piano...I grew up in a singing, guitar-playing family, music is as essential as air. :)

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  62. In general, I seek music that will heal and bring peace to my mood. If it's loud and repetitive in its beat, I'll turn away. If the singing is too high, I'll shut it down. I need music that brings calm comfort, a bit of joy to the heart.

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  63. Music transports me, but it opens my mind, too. My musical taste is extremely eclectic. There isn't much I don't like. Some days I enjoy some kinds more than others, other days I just want to hear it all.

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  64. Music speaks to my very soul. I can't imagine a life without it!

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  65. Music changes my brain chemistry, it can be calming or energizing. I love it's magic!!

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  66. Music IS magic... And the photo is wonderful!

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  67. I am seldom moved by music, but there are a few songs that make me go back in time. Music that was playing during my high school years, med school years, years when my daughter was young. Now. So, I guess I lied. I am OFTEN moved by music. My partner does this thing with her shoulder when she plays "Ventura Highway" on the guitar and I swear it is like catnip to me.

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  68. Ah, if I hear songs, I too am transported back to the time when I had listened to them in the past. Some artists especially transport me back. Neil Diamond, the Beatles, etc. I just recently saw the musical Jersey Boys, and that transported me back to when was listening to the Four Seasons. Coincidentally, I just wrote a poem tonight about Harry Chapin....another singer whose songs transport me back. I think music especially transports if it is from a time when one was falling in love or going through something else significant in one's life. Interesting question today, Keith!!

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  69. First, apologies - your post just now appeared in my Reader.
    As a musician, music is very important to me. It is what moves me. It is what inspires me. It is what drives me. A world without music would be hell.

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  70. i think you're right - music has got to be 2nd only to scents (so they say) to trigger memories. :)

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  71. Music does bring back memories. And new ones. :)

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  72. Yes, yes and more YES! Many of my Lyrical Wednesday posts are blasts from the past....music is the single biggest transporter of time ;-)

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  73. I love that music can put my straight back into another moment. Not all songs, but many of them become associated with certain people or experiences. It's pretty cool!

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  74. music makes me want to dance, cry, smile.. feelings come up on surface..

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  75. Yes we are sensory creatures, music, smells and visual sights all bring back memories places and people.

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  76. Frissons mostly. Well, with the right songs.

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  77. Songs and music do the same for me too. There certain songs that bring back lots of memories for me.

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  78. Ha, you are old enough to have song periods. Last night when out for dinner, I had an obsessive urge to hear Billy Idol's White Wedding. Once home, I went to bed and listened to it on the note book with ear buds in.

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  79. Music can really set a mood - whether it's restful or festive. Sometimes certain songs will come on and it will take me back to cruising in the car with friends or a high school dance. The associations can be amazing.

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  80. I think music needs to have meaning beyond making money - I may sound like an old fart here, but its why I cannot stand a good deal of current music - its not really that the music is bad, its just that it has no story.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: thanks for the multiple comments!

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  81. last night in our fitness class as we were doing our winding down stretches the song "Dream" came on by the Everly Brothers...it was funny because the WHOLE class of 50+ women sang along every single word of that song...we all laughed afterwards about how everyone just KNEW all the words to that song. the melody just made us all want to sing! We never did that before in class! We all remember that song being played over and over on the radio when we were growing up...I'm sure it brough individual memories to each one of us.

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  82. I'm the same way, Keith. I hear a song and I'm transported back in time. It can bring back a flood of vivid memories.

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  83. Music definitely stirs emotions in me. Hearing a song from my past brings me back to a particular place and time, too. Love putting my music on shuffle as I take long drives. I've got everything from rock to hip hop to gregorian chants. If I'm troubled, I usually get more of the chant music which is so soothing.

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  84. Music does everything for me, and then some. It completes the sentences I cannot finish, it lifts me out of shadows, it builds strength through both the good and the bad, and it simply puts my soul into sound.

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  85. I've noticed as I've grown older that I listen to music far less, but still love music. There are certain types of music that just make me smile or remind me of days gone by.

    Have a fabulous day filled with music. ☺

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  86. For me, it is a lot about the content - what the song is saying, how it makes me feel at a particular moment. It can make me feel happy at one moment and sad at another time. I try not to associate them with time periods, but sometimes it inevitably happens. :-)

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  87. i have a musical soul, always have!
    love to sing
    music makes me happy, makes chores less tedious and brightens dark moments
    greatest discovery!

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  88. Music is THE MOST magical thing...it can move a soul

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  89. i must admit--music is not all it once was for me--but certainly does touch my soul now and then---at robyn's recent wedding, the music was probably the most important detail, i was involved in :)

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  90. I feel the best part about music is that each one of us has a personal definition of it. The lyrics say it all. :)

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  91. I love playing my guitar, random notes soothing my nerves ... its awesome. Music truly is a gift :-)

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  92. Music IS magic. It transports us to another time, place, memory...so easily if we let it. I love most kinds of music. I like to make music too, singing, playing the piano...do you play any instruments Keith?

    Great photo too.

    Happy week to you, G

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  93. Music is like scent, it can conjure up memories with just a couple beats. It also can stir something deep inside, more then just memories but expression that is absolutely divine.

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  94. Music touches the soul like no other experience. I love a complex melody with many different layers. I like all kinds of music but only certain songs. Music brings out emotions like a beautiful sunset. It's indescribable. Love the photo, Keith. xo

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  95. I'm always so amazed at the talented musicians that can create an arrangement and tune that can give me goose bumps, or bring me to tears or make me dance and jive on impulse. I just gotta!
    I especially am drawn to thoughtful lyrics, to feel what the song was meant to say. And violins and oboes, they can be eerily sad, but I like that. And then there's happy reggae, and of course, sensual jazz.

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  96. Music is woven into the fabric of my soul.

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  97. Life would be colorless without music and art.

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  98. You know I love music.;) It's one of my passions.

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  99. Music is the original time travel machine...the memories get resurrected and the happiness or pain from the past become the present!!

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  100. Music made me get over my stage fright! I auditioned for an honors choir freshmen year of high school and it changed my life! Now I'm pretty fearless in going after what I want in life :)

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  101. Sometimes music will take me back to a certain time in my life, if I listened to it a lot at a certain time. Aida takes me back to Senegal, because I used to listen to it all the time at night when I had trouble sleeping because of the heat. I also have a certain albums that take me back to walking around campus at school at certain times of the year. Other music makes me think of stories that I'm working on and are inspirational.

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  102. I love music too..it is very therapeutic..lovely post pic!

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  103. why then is 90% of the population females who have to use the lavatory every minute to powder their nose. that just stinks of "illness" wouldn't 1 think?.

    :0)

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  104. I like music a lot. But it is my hubs who is crazy about it. It transforms his mood and makes him happy and lightens him up.
    I am more of a t.v serial buff.

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  105. music brings me back to the past in the exact moment I lived it, i remember...always
    my favourite classic is Satie's Gymnopedie no 1 if you have a chance listen to it
    Whenever i hear Gomer Pyle sing O Holy Night, I cry

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  106. Particular songs certainly trigger that 'i-remember-who-i-listened-to-this-song-with-first' response for me. And I love that. So many happy memories to get nostalgic about just because an old song came on the radio. Perfection.

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  107. Beautiful picture! I love music and I think it's a good partner in our lives!

    XOXO!

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  108. Sadly, I stopped listening to ‘songs’ a long time ago. My personal pop music is long out of date.

    Classical music is different, it doesn’t remind of anything, it just ‘is’; beautiful, timeless, endlessly fascinating.

    Smells can take me to a place in the past, though.

    Actually, I think i told you a lie, there is a kind of music which transports me back to my roots and that is the music I heard as a child in my parents’ house: continental European folk songs, operettas and Viennese songs.

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  109. Couldn't remember if I had commented on this post, so will again. Music is almost magical in the way it moves us in time. I hear Cosby/Stills/Nash, and suddenly I am with my fiance', we are 21 and getting married.

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  110. If the music was tied with good memories, it brings a smile & even nostalgia for things that passed. If the music was tied to sad & painful memories, I would rather not listened to it again ~

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  111. Music makes me happy and makes me want to dance. I like to go to one particular grocery store in the next town over as they play the music I like over the intercom so when no one is looking I do a little two step.

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  112. A couple years ago I gave up music for lent, I have a whole new appreciation for it now!

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  113. Beautiful blog post, I love all forms of art, music in particular. I love how it makes me feel alive. I think it's most important to be in tune with whatever your listening to, and then that can feel divine.

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  114. Even though I cannot sing a note in tune, or play a musical instrument, music is my life. I have to listen to it. Luckily Hubby is a musician, so I'm surrounded by it. My music is influenced by it, and I can easily be moved to tears by some songs.

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  115. Music takes me beyond myself!

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  116. PS ONLY AWAY FROM ANIMAL BLOG, PHOTO BLOG RUNS EVERYDAY EVEN AT CHRISTMAS LOL UNLESS OF COURSE THERE'S A POWER OUTAGE :)

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  117. I love music :) It can calm me down and get me to relax, while it can also motivate me to get on my feet and get active! Some songs mean a lot to me and others are just fun to listen to :) There's a song for every occasion and every moment and I love that!

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  118. (Good) music gets inside of me, fills my soul to near-bursting point. Certain songs return me to earlier experiences - Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit in the Sky' especially.
    Anna :o]

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  120. Music is amazing, isn't it? Upon hearing a tune, I can be transported back to high school or even grade school. It also can be soothing and therapeutic for me.

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  121. I think you have nailed it Optimistic Existentialist ~ music is magic and I usually try to share a song when I blog.

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  122. O yeah, it definitely brings me back to the time period in which it came out. In fact, I was just listening to Wham and Cyndi Lauper the other day -- instant throwback, and not altogether positive! But music generally does wonders for one's spirits -- it can calm, uplift, even purify. I love anything that gets me dancing :)

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  123. There are some songs that bring me back to a time and place some time ago that I haven't thought about in a long time.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  124. Music means everything to me.
    It helps me express myself and I think that's the most important thing :)

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  125. Keith, you articulated beautifully what music means to me! I have also used it to help me through physical pain when the meds don't work and to calm my minds when it's overloaded! I nearly always have music in my dreams, and I've wondered if that happens to other people too ~ I'm sure it does! Take care!

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  126. Hi Keith .. if music be the food of love as Shakespeare put it .. let it rock on ... and if music is the food of the soul - it is the language of passion and feeling ... sadly I don't have a sense of rhythm and don't remember things - yet they are still there .. love music - but I tend to work quietly. I need to sort my magic music out ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  127. Music does to me the exact same thing it does for you. Well, I mean I have MY not YOUR memories.
    But, you know what I mean.

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  128. Music is a mood shifter or mood enhancer to me. What would we do without it?! So glad for the gifted musicians this world is blessed with!

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  129. Ah, the wonders of music. There is absolutely nothing like it in the world!

    Madison:)

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  130. I listen to music every day. I have a playlist on youtube that I listen to while I'm online. Older music takes me back to places that I really liked being in.

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  131. Ah, memories. Yes, music certainly does that, brings back memories and also transports us to worlds never seen and worlds yet to be (think of John Lennon's "Imagine"). As usual, another excellent piece Keith.

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  132. Music can almost always lift my spirits. :)
    Love the photo,neat!

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  133. I love music and now music is part of the human life.it gives relax the mind.
    Nice Q!

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  134. Nice opening photo--music does have a way to take me back in time--sometimes it's a piece of highway I was traveling when I heard a song or a time in my childhood...

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  135. I tend to think of a time and place I first heard a song in and it is amazing how it can take you back!

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  136. I listen to classical music in my studio - I love it!

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  137. Music helps inspire or sustain moods that I'm looking for. Most often I go to it for relaxation, and having various albums and playlists to manipulate my feelings from various headspaces. Sometimes it's The Band's "The Weight," but other times it's the Silent Hill soundtracks that help me chill.

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  138. Absolutely! I've also noticed that if a song triggers certain emotions at one period in my life, I may listen to it differently at another period. I've had this happen with a few songs; whereas there are certain songs that have a permanent mark, and I hear them the same each time. Music is amazing, simply amazing!

    Love the quote and the image for this blog.

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  139. Ahh music.... I can't write without it... or clean... or cook.... it's pretty much got to always there...

    And let's not mention the '80s ..... sigh :)

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  140. It definitely does that for me. I can remember walking across my college campus in the fall of 1972 and hearing a Simon and Garfunkel song in my head. I remember thinking then that I would always remember that moment and I have.

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  141. As I type this, I am listening to "The Moonlight Sonata". Yes, it does transport me, and its beauty imparts a transcendent kind of joy.

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  142. Oh my gosh, you took the words right out of my mouth. Music is the biggest mind trigger for me. I've always found it so fascinating that a song can take me YEARS back to one single memory/moment in time. For me, certain songs can turn my frown upside down. :) Sometimes I wish I could just listen to my own music all day at work. I would be able to tune people out and my stress levels would be greatly reduced. hahaha

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  143. Oh gosh... I think music is how I survive sometimes...

    I was a music major in college so I'm a huge fan of theory and the structure behind it all... music is magic... :)

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  144. I agree. Music is awesome, as is your picture. You need to come join us for Musical Monday or Monday Music Moves Me and post your favorite song.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  145. Music sets me free. It has also gotten me through some of the best and worst times of my life.

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  146. Music evokes intense emotions in me. The emotions depend on the song and what memories the lyrics bring me back to. So yes, music does transport us to some other place. :-)

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  147. music is a love language in and of itself. :)

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  148. Music is my life. (That and art). I am a pianist and guitarist. It takes me to another place. It brings me back to both lovely and bittersweet memories. I cannot help but adore being nostalgic each time a song comes on be it for the better or the worse.

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  149. Hi Keith,
    Lovely to be be catching up with you!
    Your opening sentence in this post and your last paragraph struck a loud and strong chord with me - no pun intended!
    Music and lyrics is such a strong and powerful force in our lives.

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  150. Beautiful post, Keith! I couldn't agree with you more.....I don't even have the words to describe what music means to me....

    Thank you so much for visiting....always wonderful to see your messages...
    A splendid Sunday to you!
    - Irina

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  151. Awesome post! Music is always the background to my daydreams, whether that is dreaming of a time of my life that I miss or just dreaming about things that aren't even real and won't ever happen.

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  152. Keith, you touched the deepest feelings associated with music and songs.
    For me, the song from the musical Cats always reminds me of the wonderful days spent with friends in London
    The contrary Beethoven's music is always worried me and I feel sadness and happiness.

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  153. Music can stir the soul that's for sure...if I ever have to go to a funeral I cope well until music starts and then the tears just flow...

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  154. I don't know about you
    but I can not live without music.

    http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  155. I could not live without it. Music heals, recharges and refreshes my soul.

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  156. I totally agree, Keith. When I hear certain songs, I am immediately transported back to a different time and place from my past....sometimes, certain smells can do that for me too. We LOVE music in this household!

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  157. totalmente de acuerdo, por cierto felicidades por el blog, asi que con tu permiso me quedo por aqui, saludosss

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  158. I love this photo. It made me think of October/November days in Illinois when we were trying to help our granddaughter with her piano lessons. I had to start learning where the G clef and F clef were.

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  159. One of my favorite quotes!!! It does everything you've described. I began my love affair with music at a very young age and never looked back. :)

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  160. "Music is like magic" is actually a line in 'Til I Collapse by Eminem. Good tune

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  161. Music is a universal agreement. The poor and the rich, the good and the bad, and the child and her grandfather all experience it. Art in general is the big mystery. How can something so controversial bring so much peace?

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