Remember at the start of the pandemic when people were saying this was the ideal time to learn something new or adopt a new hobby? Hats off to all who mastered a new language, became mixologists or finally read that one Jane Austen novel that got left behind.
Me? Not so much. I had intentions, but not sure where they went. Something else happened though. I rediscovered an old flame, music, and baby did it light my fire.
While I sometimes like to fancy myself a nerdy deejay, I don’t think this music revival journey had to do with the music itself. It had more to do with needing a mood-altering drug. (And my reticence to doing real drugs, because, as stated earlier, I’m a nerd.)
Music has the power to make us move or sit us down. It can captivate us in the present or take us back to fond memories of years past. It can whisk us off to lands far away or motivate us to dance in place. It can make us feel like we can conquer anything, put us in a pensive state, aid in a good cry and even elicit a chuckle.
Many worry that this pandemic seemingly has our emotions all over the place; but the real threat is that this pandemic may make us numb to everything. We run the risk of hanging in a constant state of blah. Music might be just the thing to snap us out of it.
So put aside those podcasts and audiobooks. Give your eyes a rest from Netflix. Stop scrolling through Instagram in search of happiness. Instead, shake it out (and off) with music that makes you feel again and reminds you that tomorrow is just a beat away.