If I could do one thing for every one of my friends of all ages, I’d get them to pick a song of the month to play as one of the first things they do each morning. A week is too short a time, a year way too long. We’ll see how a month works. Am starting today through to October 9, when I’ll pick my next one.
This focus on music started this past Tuesday, when the always inspiring Rachel Rubin got all of us gathered at Be Well for “Design Your Dream Day” up on our feet & jazzing out to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling, an exercise that literally rocked my world.
I’d learned about the power of music through an older friend, who experienced an unimaginable heart break. She knew that while she was in Paris with a beloved grandchild – a graduation present from his adoring Grammie – one of her sons would get the ball rolling cleaning out her house, which they were selling because she was moving into his big place. She loved that house, set on 4 acres of meadow & woods, but bowed to her family’s wish that she no longer live alone. When she returned, blissed out from the trip, she discovered her son had cleared more than cleaned – he’d given away most of her book collection, all of her dvds & videos, and every one of her records. The first two were unfathomable losses (some of the least “valuable” books were among her heart’s greatest treasures), but the loss of the records – that broke her. Her will & sense of independence were crushed; she never recovered. Music has the power to connect & to lose all of those precious moments… it’s two years later, she is a shadow of what she was & I am still in shock at such a callous act by a genuinely loving but dangerously oblivious child.
SO – here is my change to flip heartrending energy to constructively butt kicking!
For all of my life, the “Sousa Alarm” has been part of my morning, first through WFLN & now WRTI radio. John loves it every bit as much as I do – he is a mega Sousa fan, a longtime devotee of the Allentown Band, which features Sousa. Listening to something every morning is in my background, waiting to be rewoven into my warp & woof!
Imagining how listening to a beloved song first thing – before breakfast, before getting started on their daily routine – could jumpstart the day with happiness. Doesn’t matter if they are fully independent, in assisted care or need someone to turn it on – – connecting first thing with something audible they love, that they selected, could have a seriously positive effect on them & everyone around.
How will it impact ME, starting each day with something that hooks deep into my psyche, that sets every quark in my being a-quivering? Kicked off with Let It Go!, the song that inspired the idea. And it’s just the start of songs in my day – Rachel inspired me to add dance to my daily schedule, using it as a way to regularly get off my duff & shake my booty to great songs like JT’s.
Stay tuned for how it all goes down!!