When I was younger and in a funk I would torture myself with dark, deep music that I felt “spoke to my soul”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love a sad melody (Indigo Girls anyone?), but I have found that I now prefer to listen to something that will bring me back up. Music that makes you move, bounce, smile, and forget that you were ever melancholy.
There is the now infamous story of how I became a country music fan. You see, I used to swear that I would never listen to country. Never! Mike introduced me to country when we started dating. I immediately poo pooed it. Let’s face it, I was a massive music snob. Yet, it was country music that healed some of my worst pains. One day, in the midst of my grief, I started listening to his music. His honky-tonk heaven in the form of a Blake Shelton CD. There was something about the joy, the melody, and the simplicity that filled me.
That was my first foray into listening to songs that lifted me up, instead of kept me in my darkness. Now, when I am feeling heavy I try to find music that will (if only for a moment) remind me to dance, to sing, and to be joyful. I remember distinctly an episode from Aly McBeal (I am aging myself on this one! 90’s trivia anyone?). Everyone was to pick their own personal “theme song” that they could use to boost their confidence, help give them courage during a court case, or just make them happy. We all need a theme song. We all need to find a song that resonates to us. I have had many theme songs in my lifetime. This is my most recent theme song. It is a reminder to stop and find the joy….if only for a second.
And dear lord, nothing elevates me more than this tune. I have been listening to it non-stop for a week, and even our little dog Arthur starts wagging his tail when it comes on! I defy you to not start moving. This song is the best. And yes, you are totally allowed to steal my theme song for yourself!