Sometimes I think there is nothing that distinguishes us more than our choices in music. We can all have similar interests--for instance we can all love to read, love to eat ice cream, love animals--but we have widely variable tastes in music.
My favorite music is classical. Not just any classical, but anything slow and soft, that doesn't disturb my thoughts while I'm listening.
For a year or so, when I first started writing, I listened to music that would get me in the mood of the scene I was working on. Then I became addicted to the music I heard played at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona. I loved it so much that I purchased a tape--yes, it was a long time ago--and then played that tape over and over onto a longer one so I wouldn't have to interrupt my writing every thirty minutes, when the tape ended. Now I can't listen to music when I write, because any kind of music disrupts my thoughts. Actually, it doesn't take more than a flicker of light or sound to disrupt my thoughts these days.
Some of my favorite pieces of music are very short, and they come straight from God. I love the sound of the ocean, the whisper of the breeze through pine trees, the purr of a cat, the song of a bird, and even the sound of my own hiking boots in the grass when I'm hiking. It wasn't until I went to the Grand Canyon for the first time that I realized how much I loved the sound of silence--so pure that I could hear the brush of a bird's wings in the air as it flew below me in the canyon. I can still recall those moments, and it gives me peace.
What about you? What makes you feel peaceful? What brings you joy? What makes you want to dance? What's your favorite song, or brand of music, or sound? I think that can tell me a lot about you.
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