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Monday, June 13, 2016
Music Mantra Monday: Music That Heals
Music has always been what I've turned to for comfort.
Some people eat. Others drink or do drugs. Others still go and seek other people. I didn't.
I was a loner. I was that kid that skipped classes in school and sat in her locker with headphones on listening to the stuff most others didn't. And there was a reason.
Aside from the Beatles, I liked 'angry music'. Yes, I played piano from age two and could play Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and many others but...angry music is what I drew from. It isn't because I was going to do anything violent or stupid. It was a way to focus that anger in other places that I couldn't with exercise or through my piano. I could relate to this stuff...In my own way.
That's what our teens are doing.
Music that said things you absorbed the way you needed it to. My oldest is in to this music right now. She hides in her room and doesn't talk to any of the rest of us...sometimes for days...listening to her music. I am happy that she turns to it. It's important to note that you need to talk to people too, though. My daughter was shocked when I shared some of the stuff I listened to when I was her age: Moist, Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Violent Femmes. She's in to Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance. She was astonished that we have a lot of the same musical tastes.
Music, of all kinds, influences us in different ways. And we turn to it to heal.
So the next time you see that kid sitting in their locker listening to music, no matter what it is, understand that they are just trying to Zen and connect.
It's all good.