Music is powerful and we can even use it to improve state of mind or health. How do you keep music in your life?
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.
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10 Simple Ways to Keep the Joy of Music
Music has the ability to make you feel more—love, sadness, loneliness, or joy. Music can help you be relaxed or energized. It can calm you or heal you, or inspire you to action.
Make a pact with yourself to focus on music. Listen to music that matters to you. Actively seek out places to watch and listen to musicians. Find ways to join in making music yourself. Follow some of these tips to keep music as part of your balanced life.
10. Maintain Easy Access
Set up CD/MP3 players in every room of the house. Have your favorite music cued up and ready to go at all times so that all you need to do is hit the button. Don’t forget. OR…try programming the radios in each room to the same station and leave all them on. Make your house musical throughout as you walk from room to room.
9. Match Classical Music to Activities or Moods
Classical music by Bach, Hayden, or Mozart are complex and engaging. Great for expanding memory and focusing concentration skills.
Romantic and emotional classics are expressive for love, compassion, and sympathy.
Religious or sacred music are good for moments of peace or to inspire awareness.
Slower classical music helps to set the mood for study or work.
Try playing classical music during quiet times, such as homework or reading time; try soft soothing classical music before bedtime.
8. Read a Biography While Listening
Pick up biographies of composers or performers. Read about the performer while listening to the artist’s music.
7. Music CDs at the Public Library
Most Public Libraries have collections of music CDs that you may check out. Borrow the CDs and copy them to your MP3 player. Build your own digital music library.
6. Free Concerts
Check local guides in newspapers or neighborhood postings for offerings of free concerts. Public Libraries sometimes have live music sessions. Churches will often have programs open to the general public. Some downtown business areas have outdoor lunchtime concerts. Not only is the music free, but you can show appreciation and support of your local musicians.
5. Stop, Listen, and Support Buskers
Street musicians often set up and play, then pass the hat. Take a moment to stop and listen. Make eye contact, give a thumbs up. It may not be the greatest music but the enthusiasm can be catching.
4. Dinner and Jam
Gather friends who enjoy making music. Have dinner parties followed by jam sessions of easy sing-along songs. Supply words or cheat sheets to make it easy. Make it clear that everyone is welcome to sing, no talent required. Hand out tambourines and shakers. Do familiar tunes and folk songs that people love.
3. Sing, Sing, Sing
Get used to singing out loud. It really IS okay to do so. Sing lullabyes to babies and folk songs with children. Do this frequently. Create a family musical culture. Not comfortable singing aloud? Then sing to yourself and “dance” out loud. Use the music to get you moving.
2. Cook to Oldies Music (and Dance)
Put the oldies music on the radio while you are cooking dinner. Let the music get you dancing. Don’t walk…dance from stove to table to sink. Chopping vegetables? Get in the rhythm. Stir the soup to the beat. Joy expressed during cooking makes all food taste better.
1. Sing in Your Car, Loudly
Ever have a particular song stuck in your head? That’s a great time to sing it out. It’s there for a reason, so let it happen. Sing it in your car during a long commute. Out loud, as loud as you want, as often as you want. If you are on a long drive and begin to feel sleepy, that is another good time to sing, out loud, loudly. The activity will get your blood moving and keep you alert and aware. Don’t forget to smile while you are singing.
Let yourself go and be a music lover. Your music may be active or passive, but just make sure the music is always there. After all, music is a simple and basic part of all humanity. Try some of these ideas and look for creative ways to include more joyful music in your life.
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