It’s beautiful how music can bring us right back to a moment or a state of mind. There might be a word for that kind of person – where sounds bring us back to a moment – though I have no idea the word.
In any case, I have quite a few moments that stick for me.
“A Wonderful World” gives me a lump in my throat because my friend danced with her dad at her wedding to it, and every time I hear it, I feel the sadness in missing my own dad at that moment. At the same time, I feel immense love and gratitude for my dad. It is definitely bittersweet.
The Cranberries’ “Zombie” brings me back to the countless nights that my friends and I danced while a band played it at a bar in Hong Kong. It gets layered with memories from the 90’s of my cousins and I listening to The Cranberries album.
David Gray’s album A New Day at Midnight reminds me of the first winter that my husband and I dated and the energy of our young love. While I enjoy listening to it throughout the year, there is something special about coupling it with the winter season.
Over the last year, I have blogged daily. It hasn’t always gone smoothly. I have had moments of doubt, wondering if what I was writing was worthy of attention. I have had other moments where I didn’t know what to write. And other moments where life seems too hectic and full to squeeze in a blog post.
One evening, shortly after I started my daily blogs, I went to find a song on the Insight Timer app that might spur my creativity. I searched “creativity” and found a track called “Creativity Flow State Music” by Marita Espada. I started listening to it every night while writing. At first, it was a nice to have – something that distracted me from the alerts on my phone or the sounds of the baseboard heating or the wind outside.
As I continued to listen to it dozens and dozens of times over the year, it became what I use to get me in the zone. The music tugs at the corners of my heart and brain, uniting them to bring thoughts and memories onto the screen. It has been one of my tools in making daily blogging actually happen.
I don’t use the track for anything else. Not for meditation. Not for completing a work assignment. Not for any of my other projects. That track, which I’m listening to now as I write, is dedicated to this one task.
Music has a magic that connects with the different parts of us. I love that I have found a way to bring music into my life to bring about my creativity.