It’s one of those details I notice in life: the background music. My son Brian, the musician in the family, has noted the “coincidence” many times of just the right music playing at just the right time. He refers to it as “the soundtrack of my life”. I have to agree. I remember times when music saved me from moments of deep despair. “The River” by Garth Brooks was constantly playing in the months during my divorce so long ago.
When I say constantly, I’m not kidding. I made a tape that was just that song over and over and over. And I played it. All the time. The lyrics resonated with me on a deep level and propelled me forward through the tough times.
It’s always been true in my life that music has affected me. I’ve had great learning over the last few years as my son Brian pursued his studies – music theory and music history and the soundtrack became interesting and beautiful.
I’ve studied Pat O’Brien and Joe Vitale’s “clearing audios” that are designed to open up your mind to the possibilities. I’ve often started my day with Pat’s 7 minute buzz just to test the theories he presents.
This morning, I was showering and a song started playing in my head. It was a song that melded my past, my present, my future all into one and I found myself singing it loudly, testing the voice I haven’t properly exercised or cultivated in years.
I was alone in the house and free to make whatever noise I chose. I chose a joyful noise. A bold and happy rendition of one of the hymns from yesterday’s church service. I stretched to reach the higher notes and listened as my voice strained to reach notes it likely hasn’t touched in years.
As I sang, I could hear my cousin’s voice singing along from my childhood. And my mother and grandmother and aunt and the rest. “He Lives! He lives!”. I’m not certain how it sounded, but it FELT GOOD! “You ask me how I know he lives…….. he LIVVVES within my heaaaaaaaaart!”
This morning, I have a deep appreciation for the music in my world, in my soul and spirit. And I ask you this “What music is playing on the soundtrack of your life these days? Are you making a joyful noise? Or are you singing the blues?” And I’ll add this reminder – if the music that is playing on the soundtrack of your life isn’t bringing you joy, perhaps it’s time to change the channel!