My topic for today is music.
(photo is of our white, blue-eyed cat, Scamper, whom we had for seventeen years.)
I enjoy music. Not all music, but likely most. When there is music playing I have a very hard time staying still. Music seems to speak to the depths of me.
Classical music is supposed to be good for the brain, especially good for the development of babies’ brains. I read that studies have found classical music is helpful during studying, doing homework, as background sound when doing other things. I find that particular music genre can simply be enjoyed without the listener being really intruded upon by it.
I came across this video that I think is one of the most hilarious things I have watched lately. Every time I view it – and yes, I like it so much I have viewed it multiple times, and will again – I either snicker or laugh out loud. It’s not only the involvement of the players but the audience reactions that get me every time. Take a look at this classical interlude and let me know what you think, but please remember to come back to see the next one I am including. Better yet, make it easier for yourself and just right-click so you don’t leave my blog entirely. :)
I understand not everyone appreciates music. There was a time it was considered to be evil-inspired on every level. But then on the other extreme there are those who enjoy not only listening to music, but playing an instrument AND singing along. That leads me into this funny clip which I think you will agree proves my point.
How does music affect you? Does it make you want to dance? Does it help your thought processes when you write?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)
Today has been very quiet here. Because my husband had to work all weekend – not his usual – and I had no way to church today, I sat at home and read my Bible for four hours in a quiet house. No radio, no TV, no music playing — only quiet. Delectable! :)
It is my habit to have the radio turned on most of the day – to listen to interviews and such once in a while, but mostly I listen to teachings and music on the Christian station. Once today I turned it on, but only for a few minutes while I cooked and ate my breakfast, then off it went again. And no TV at all today. Not even set on a music station for ‘background’. I didn’t even turn on my computer until the afternoon! Now that is a biggie!
Do you know how tempting it was to turn on the radio while I was doing the dishes? or later while having lunch or supper? I resisted. Why? You know, I’m not even sure why I did that today. It just was so peaceful here when I got up this morning, and since it is Sunday I decided to read for a few hours with no distractions. Well, none except the little dog needing to go outside a couple of times, and wind and hail beating on the windows – which is a wholly different distraction. Nothing major or constant, though. Then I was enjoying the tranquility so much I stuck with it. All day.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever lived in a day of ‘quiet’ by choice?
I wonder why we think we have to always have noise going on around us – music, or constant talking, or something mindless .. as if we can’t stand our own company. Are we afraid of the ‘aloneness’? Do we avoid the quiet? How does God get through to us when we aren’t allowing ourselves to listen? And what about our own thoughts? Do we even have any quality thinking time of our own?
Maybe reading is much the same thing except it is not coming at us in the form of noise from the outside. But reading expands our minds, doesn’t it? We do have to form our own images, they aren’t coming at us ready-made. Hopefully we’re choosing good things to store in our brains because I believe it all blends together in there and comes out somehow sometime. Maybe in the form of a bestseller! ;)
So, what do you think about all of the above? And do you enjoy the quiet … or are you afraid of it?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings. :)
PS – at the time of writing this it was still Sunday but it will be just past midnight, so into Monday at time of posting.
Posted in Miscellanea, Mostly About Reading
Tagged alone, Bible, distractions, God, Music, quiet, Radio, reading, Television, Thought