I don't get to listen to "my" music as much as I would enjoy now that I have two young sons. But when I do I find it affects me so strongly. I love music. It truly moves me. If I am feeling blue I have to be careful not to listen to certain types of music or I will really go off the deep end into the dreary sobbing sadness of a melancholy mess. And if I am driving and listening to 70s rock I will always drive much faster than I intend.
a couple funny things you probably didn't know about me that involve music are these: when i lived in hollywood, tori amos was good friends of some of my friends. my boyfriend at the time played drums with her for about a minute. i ended up being in one of her videos when she had the album before little earthquakes called Y Kant Tori Read. it was the 80s and it was incredibly cheesy but lots of fun. i never saw the video when it was finished. the other funny thing is that i attended a rock and roll sort of church when i lived there. lots of goth and rocker kids in hollywood weren't readily welcomed at the "normal" churches because of how they looked and dressed. and this was the late 80s/early 90s when big hair bands were all the rage. there were lots of christian metal bands at the time. so at our church, instead of a choir, we had a full on band and i was one of the lead singers. it was a blast. we did a lot of original music and a few funked up more traditional songs. i did that for about two years.
last year, in an art group I am in, I led a swap called Music to Art By. Remember mixed tapes? Remember how you would tape all your favorite songs onto a cassette and then trade them with your friends? In this swap we burned CDs of our favorite songs to listen to while arting. A full CD of our most loved music for creating. And, we sent along a 5" x 5" wrapped canvas that we had created while listening to it.
It was great fun. Everyone worried that others would be filled with disdain at their musical selections. With such a variety of ages among the group members some artists were surely turned onto new musical styles. But the results were met with only positive praise. And the accompanying art was also wonderful.
And one of my favorite places to listen to new music these days is Pandora. You can create your own stations and hear new bands for free. You can even share your stations with friends. I’m trying to figure out how to post them in my type lists but so far I don’t know how. Ruth has some of her favorites at her blog so I guess I’ll just have to ask her how to put them on.
another inspiration involving music is poster art. check out todd slater’s work. he’s made posters for Everybody.
when I lived in hollywood (and even back in kentucky) I made band posters and designed t-shirts. it was exciting to come up with graphic designs tailored for a specific band and venue then to see them stapled to every telephone pole in the city. I wish I had saved some of them. they were cool and funky.
Today as I am clicking away here, I am listening to some favorite tunes. It makes me feel as if there couldn't possibly be anything wrong in the world. It seems to fill me up in ways I can't explain. All the small spaces between my heart and my head are floating with Rufus Wainwright, Jimi Hendrix, Nick Drake, Kate Bush, Gwen Stefani, and Tori Amos.
Sway with me, friends. Hum along. Tell me of your musical adventures. Do you listen as you create? I am curious to hear your tales and the soundtracks that play along with them.