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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Music has power. 

You ever notice that? When I'm blue, if I listen to something upbeat, it lifts my spirits. If I'm upbeat and listen to something blue, it makes me somber. If I'm worried, upbeat Christian music chases the fears away. I suppose because I grew up playing the violin, chamber music is one of my favorite things to listen to these days. It calms my spirit and allows me to get into the "write" mode. Upbeat music with words distracts me.  BUT if I need to get some housecleaning done, upbeat music is the choice for the day!  I can whip up the kitchen and living room to a sparkling shine before Natalie Grant can finish belting out three songs!

I guess I've forgotten the power of music lately. I haven't listened to it as much as I used to do (which is why my house is dirty). But I'm rediscovering my old friend. Plucking out the old 45s (sad, isn't it?) and beep-bopping around the house like a 16-year-old (though a 16-year-old today would say there's no resemblance).

So what about you? What's your favorite type of music? WHY do you listen to it? Just because or is there a reason? I'm thinking music says something about who we are.  My chamber music not only tells me I'm tired--I think it says I'm old. LOL!

Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:15 AM  
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At 9:47 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I played the violin in grade school, Di! Then the french horn in HS. But the lips are gone! I tried to play one a couple of years ago, and oh my! LOL

I love Twila Paris. I like listening to oldies too, back in the ancient era of the 60s. LOL

I can't listen to music and write though. Not even if there are no words. It's just toooo distracting for me.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I listen to music mostly in the car. I can't write while listening to music but I LOVE it when I find a song that inspires a story. I listened to "I Need You to Love Me" by Barlowgirl so many times during the writing of Surrender Bay. It prompted new scenes and just inspired me to write.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

I listen to such a strange conglomeration of music that I heisitate to list it here. I think that's what I love about my MP3, is that I can listen to Ella Fitzgerald, Nicole Nordeman, Ray Stevens, Johnny Cash and John C. Mellencamp in the same session!

I've noticed the power of music, with my children especially. I'm very, very careful about what I play and when. And if I sing directions, they are more likely to do the task. We change the words to songs to our own usage a lot.

I read Colleen's comment and laughed about her not being able to write with music on. It used to drive my Mom nuts that I could read and sing at the same time, and could tell her, correctly, the plot of both the song and the story. She'd make me leave the room.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Well, I was into thrash and heavy metal as a teenager. So it was a huge adjustment getting used to contemporary Christian music, until I discovered Disciple!

Needless, to say, my favorite music is Christian metal, most contemporary music will get me going, too. I still listen to the oldies my mom grew up on.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I love everything but jazz. Jazz makes me want to hurt someone. I get obsessive with my music, and listen to things until I can't stand them anymore. I LOVE David Crowder, love Matt Nathanson, but my iPod has everything from Les Miserables music, to Somewhere in Time, to Adam & the Ants. I love the way that music makes me feel, and depending on my mood, that's what I listen to.

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Funny you should write about this today. I was flat-ironing my hair this morning with Big Daddy Weave playing in the background and I was thinking about the power in music and in particular some songs. I love worship music as it forces me to focus on God more but I've just gotten into country music too which opens up that fun side.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Since we're mentioning favorite groups . . .

I LOVE Skillet. Other favs: David Crowder, Hawk Nelson, the Afters, and BarlowGirl

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Isn't that funny, Sue? Great minds and all that! *g*

I have to say I love Natalie Grant's music, Avalon, Wayne Watson (LOVE the words to his songs!), Donny Osmond, Michael Buble . . . .

At 9:57 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

Do you stack your 45's? lol.....I miss records.

My music varies according to my activity. Lenny Kravitz works well for walks, B-52s, White Stripes as well. Andrea Bocelli works well for a slow warmup or cooldown walk. Driving music is the local Christian station....anything that doesn't turn countryish because then I'll change the station. I like to clean to jazz. As a musician, in my younger days, I loved playing jazz. Takes me back to being single and free to do whatever I dichotomy there....freedom vs. cleaning, lol....


At 10:15 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Donny Osmond, Diann? Really? Had NO idea LOL
(I loved that in your books!)

I love Amy Grant. Since 1980. Her music always perks me back up. There's some other stuff I like too (Michelle Tumes, TobyMac, Cindy Morgan) but I always come back to Amy.

What can I say? I'm loyal!

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Barb said...

As I have gotten older, my taste in music has gotten "harder." I remember loving Evie Tornquist's music years ago. Now I listen to Christian rock - I like Big Daddy Weave, TobyMac, Tait, Pillar, Skillet. I can get both KLove and Air1, but Air1 gets most of my car radio time.

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Amy Grant! I love Amy's music! Can't believe I forgot her! Thanks, Suzanne!

And yes, Maggie and the girls inherited my love for Donny Osmond's music. *g*

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Carole said...

I loved your post about music. The piano is the only instrument I play, and I hated classical music because that's all I got to play while taking lessons in high school. However, I came to love classical, even chamber music, while taking a music appreciation class at Bible college.

When I want upbeat music, I listen to traditional country and oldies from the 50s & 60s.

I was a teenager in the early 60s and became a huge fan (even to this day) of folk music: The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four and The Kingston Trio. Folk music still has the power to relax and inspire me.

But the music that calms my spirit and lifts me up the most is that of Fernando Ortega. I met him at a church music conference before he became so popular after recording "Give Me Jesus" and working with Anne Graham Lotz. If you're not familiar with his music, I encourage you to check it out.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I like lots of different kinds of music, depending on my mood (and activity). What I really like to do is come home from church and download (from i-tunes) all the songs we sang during the service so I can hear them again. It's very encouraging.

When I was growing up, my favorite group was Peter, Paul and Mary.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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