Thursday, May 23, 2013

Simple Life {Musical Musings}

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Music is a huge part of my life. Really huge. I like most genres of music and really love the impact a good song can have on me. I think music is amazing because it touches and has appeal to people who are both right-brained and left-brained. Here are some quotes that speak to me on music:

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley

I think I should have no other mortal wants if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. George Bernard Shaw
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo 
Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. Henry Ward Beecher 
I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel
Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate. Arnold Bennett 
Music can change the world. Ludwig Van Beethoven 
I also love finding songs that speak to me about life lessons. This song, "Simple Life" by Casey Abrams, is something I love especially as we approach summer. My memories of summer as a child are memories of simplicity. I love the idea of keeping summer with plenty of simple fun. I think that is one reason we love to camp as a family--we have a vacation that is simple and relaxed and involves basically nothing but time together as a family. We love to go to the mountains of Wyoming where we are out of cell phone range and just be unplugged. 

This song is great for reminding me to step back and keep things simple. We don't need to overdo it, but we easily spiral into overdoing it. I love the list of "first world problems" he talks about in this song and the irony of being constantly frustrated over these modern conveniences and material possessions we view as necessary. But they aren't necessary! 

The idea of leading a "simple life" is something I really have to step back and remind myself often. I have a playlist on iTunes for songs that talk about this message. That way I can listen to them and remind myself to evaluate life and simplify. 

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