Music Makes Everything Better

© Michael Levy | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Michael Levy | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Music has always been an important part of my life. There are certain melodies and lyrics that paint a picture of times past, both good and bad, each time I hear them.

I think we all have a soundtrack that illustrates our life. That soundtrack is a constant work in progress, but it’s there. Sometimes it’s upbeat and sometimes it’s blue. It might make you dance one day and cry your eyes out on another.

I’ve been listening to a certain playlist lately. I put it together during a week that had some interesting events occur. While I can’t go into detail, there were some extreme high notes and some deeply disturbing low notes, though I didn’t know it at the time.

Mostly, I was pretty content when I put this collection of music together. I needed music that inspired me and made me happy. Music that moved me, physically and emotionally. Some of the songs were requested by my son, G. Some Biz screams at the top of his lungs to. Some I just liked. Most of them make me want to sing or dance. All of them have a story attached to them that is unique to me.

I called this playlist, Goodness. It seemed appropriate at the time. Now almost two and a half months later, it’s a playlist I go back to over and over again. It makes me feel happy and strong and hopeful for the future. With everything that’s going on in my life right now, music (along with my support system) helps keep me grounded.

Today, I thought I’d share with you my Goodness playlist. I think it’s time to add some additional songs to it and wonder if you might have some suggestions for me. What songs inspire you? What songs make you dance? I’d love to hear what you are listening to!

Goodness Playlist

What songs make up the soundtrack of your life right now?


Wordless Wednesday: Merry Christmas!

Instead of a photo, I’m sharing one of my favorite Christmas tunes for Wordless Wednesday (technically Tuesday when this publishes). Crank up the volume and play the video. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than “Father Christmas” by The Kinks.

“Have yourself a merry merry christmas
Have yourself a good time
But remember the kids who got nothin
While you’re drinkin down your wine”

Merry Christmas!

The Power of Dance

I started taking dance lessons when I was three years old.

My classes were a mix of ballet, tap and jazz. Never a fan of ballet, I was happy when I got older and could focus on jazz and tap. (I’m small, but I’m not overly dainty.)

By the time I was in high school, I had at least four routines in the annual recital. I can only imagine how much my parents spent on dance costumes over the years.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any old dance recital pictures. They are all in my parents' basement!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any old dance recital pictures. They are all in my parents’ basement!

While I attempted to continue dancing in college, my double major and social life got in the way.

Sometimes I wonder if I should have made more of an effort to find time to dance.

Still, fifteen solid years of dance left me with more than I ever expected when I first put on a leotard.

Self-confidence. Discipline. Balance. Leadership.

I didn’t know it at the time, but dancing helped me get through the toughest years of growing up.

When I was on stage, I was in control. Confident. Happy. Able to conquer the world.

I guess that’s why I seek out work that puts me in front of people, whether it’s in a speaking role or as a writer.

Last Friday, my husband and I saw Dreamgirls at the Maine State Music Theatre. Each time I see a performance, I am reminded of the power of song and dance and the emotion that comes out of a good story told by talented and creative people.

At several points during the show, I got goosebumps. At one point, I was almost brought to tears by the powerful singing.

maine state music theatre

This month, as part of my Giving Pledge, I am donating to the Maine State Music Theatre. I am fortunate to live within walking distance to a venue that hosts such amazing performers. Performers who have been on Broadway, yet still manage to make it to Maine to share their talents.

My husband, who I’m still trying to convert to a full-fledged musical theatre fan, gave me season tickets to MSMT for Christmas. Last week’s performance inspired me to give a little extra.

I’d hate to live in a world where music, dance, art and creativity isn’t a regular part of my life. Dancing has given so much to me. This month, I’m attempting to give a little back.

How have the arts changed your life?

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