Music has always been a big part of my life. I studied voice in high school. I enjoy quiet, but most of the time I’m listening to music. Until I had kids, that is. Then the filler in the background became cartoons.
The other week it dawned on me that I hadn’t listened to much music around the house lately. It inspired me to start again. I found the wireless speaker, it used to go with me everywhere, and had my husband set up the bluetooth for the TV speaker. My playlists might need a little updating, but the songs I have still make me wanna dance. I listened to the music all day. It was one of the most productive days I’d had around the house in a while. Both kids were at daycare, and the music gave me life.
Ever since motherhood, I find it hard to focus on completing one task. The music seemed to take me out of my head, and I didn’t feel lost or overwhelmed like usual. The music made me happy! Normally when nap time rolls around, the second I sit down to eat my lunch my energy just plummets! But the beat kept my blood flowing. My household chores weren’t as mundane. I was in a good mood. I felt like a better me. When I picked the girls up we had the best night. I was so happy to see them, like I am every time, but the feeling didn’t fade once we got home and the whining started. By the time bedtime came around I felt as though I had conquered the day. I wasn’t wanting to run for the hills pulling my hair out. The witching hour hadn’t devoured me.
“Music is What Feelings Sound Like”
I’ve started playing my music daily and I get to be more playful. I giggle and dance with the girls. They love it! We will take the music outside, Cora has even started wanting to sing in the car. I have more patience. The girls don’t ask for the TV on. I’m so disappointed I forgot how music can influence my mood. I still need my coffee every morning, but I have re-found a great way to put the spunk in my day.
It took me a few days to make it a habit again. Had to remember to keep the speaker and my phone charged. I started updating my playlists. I’ve always kept ones for different moods. Sometimes if I’m too playful the dance mix can actually distract me more than motivate me. On those days I listen to more easy/alternative rock. On rainy days, or “office work” days, I love cafe music like Sinatra. When I am hanging with the kids, they are obsessed with the Trolls Soundtrack. Luckily it’s a pretty fun collection.
It’s funny how music can effect a person. Almost every song from the 90’s and 2000’s I have a vivid memory to go along with it. It makes me so excited to think that in 10 years, when I hear these songs again, the memories will be of my family. Of these cute little faces smiling up at me!
“Music is the strongest form of magic” – Marilyn Manson