As humans sharing the same planet, we all have different viewpoints, subjects that we’re sensitive to and/or beliefs that stem from how we grew up, where we grew up and all of that other stuff that makes us who we are.
Though we may not agree on everything (would be kind of boring if we did) the one thing I think everyone agrees on and loves is music. It lifts us out of our doldrums, brings back sweet and bittersweet memories, motivates us and moves us. It soothes the savage beast, as they say and all of us have a little savage in us, don’t we?
Music is the great equalizer — one of the few things that transcends all of that stuff that we fight over and fight for. I don’t even have to understand the lyrics; I can listen to opera or Zulu Isicathamiya music and not understand a word of it, but I can feel it — the heart, soul and passion that went into creating it.
Below are a just a few tunes, (some have videos you can watch, others, just listen to the music and forgive the ones you’re forced to watch an advertisement) grouped by what I like to do by them, in no particular order.
Driving in a convertible with the top down:
American Girl by Tom Petty (or really ANY Tom Petty song)
Living in the Wild, Wild West by the Escape Club:
Introspective thinking/walking near a body of water:
River (originally by Joni Mitchell, but I like the Robert Downery, Jr. version)
Martini Lounge Party
Kiss (singing Prince’s version) by Tom Jones
Cooking spaghetti on a summer afternoon during a loud thunderstorm:
Lightening Crashes by Live
Lying on a tropical island beach:
No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley
Before meditation and/or prayer:
Return to Innocence by Enigma
Shine by Collective Soul
Romantic ventures (four here and oh, so many others):
Nobody Knows Me by Lyle Lovett
Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Turn Me On by Norah Jones
Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye (call it cheezy but it’s stood the test of time). This song is almost 40 years old. ‘Nuff said.
More Human Than a Human by White Zombie
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Pretending to be a hippie and remembering the 80s:
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
Pretending to be a rockstar (female, had to narrow it down to three):
Landslide by Stevie Nicks (take time to watch this one, I consider her the queen of rock/soul/pop):
My Favorite Mistake by Sheryl Crow (and with Eric Clapton):
Take Another Little Piece of My Heart (first watch Joss Stone) but Ms. Melissa knocks it out of the park with this Joplin classic
Pretending to be a rockstar (male, this from my other half):
Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong (video is partly from the movie, Good Morning Vietnam)
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
These are but a very few of my favorites. Obviously, can’t list them all but these came to mind on this particular day. Tomorrow, my mood could bring others to mind — that’s the beauty of it. Music, like all of us, is evolving and changing.
What are some of your favorites and what tunes inspire you to do whatever it is you do throughout your day/life experiences?