Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Score

It's clear that I love books. Words in general thrill me! I love poetry, essays, fiction, nonfiction, mystery, romance, spoken word, public speaking - even a good argument from time to time! But there's another form of wordplay that truly stirs my soul. And that's music.


Every major event, memory, or phase in my life has a song attached to it. I grew up to the sound of Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Big Daddy Kane. I fell in love to the tunes of New Edition, Jodeci and Boys II Men. I became socially conscious while blasting Public Enemy; nursed a broken heart while Mary J. Blige sang my blues away. I repped my borough to the silky sounds of the Force MDs and the gritty beats of the Wu Tang Clan. Poked my chest out proudly as Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Jay Z rapped about the things I saw everyday, proving that to survive in the mean streets of NYC meant that you were SOMEBODY. I channeled my 'inner b*%@# to the tune of Lil Kim and learned to get in touch with my softer side with Sade, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. From my parents' 8 tracks, to albums and .45's, then cassette tapes and eventually Cd's, and most recently iPods - I have changed with the times and always made the necessary adjustments to ensure that the music kept playing in the soundtrack of my life.

I've always had an eclectic taste in music. Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Phil Collins, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, even Elton John have all been in heavy rotation on my personal playlists. I can even vibe to Carrie Underwood or The Dixie Chicks! The only music genres that have never tickled my fancy are heavy metal and folk music. Over the past few years, I've even discovered a new love - jazz. John Coltrane fills my living room speakers quite often these days. (In fact, my son teased me recently when my playlist segwayed from Jay Z's Blueprint 3 to John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. LOL) My musical tastes don't fit inside of any box. I love reggae, rap music, rock, easy listening, even classical music from time to time. Whatever suits my mood (and my moods fluctuate quite often on any given day)! As I write my stories, poems and even these blogs, there is always a score playing in the background. I picture each scene as it would play out onscreen, and I hear the music that matches each emotion. Music and writing go together like pen and paper for me.

Ladies, there is nothing like the feeling of wearing your favorite outfit, your favorite heels, with the wind in your hair, looking so fresh and so clean while your ANTHEM plays in your headphones! (And we all have that anthem that makes us STRUT!) Fellas, you feel invincible when your song of the moment is blasting through your Beats by Dr. Dre headphones! Can't nobody tell you nothin'! No matter how old you get, when a song comes on from your childhood, you instantly remember "the good 'ole days" when you had your first kiss, your first dance, your first... well, you get the idea. :)  And as we get older, our parents' music becomes nostalgic for us as well. Whenever I hear doo-wop music, I think of my dad singing along in his velvety baritone. It makes me smile.

Gospel music has become a real favorite of mine. Nothing stirs my soul quite like it! You just can't help but feel better about whatever is troubling you when you listen to a choir sing with all their heart. Something within you stirs and is uplifted, whether you like it or not. Even on a good day, there's something so incredibly joyous about hearing melodies from Heaven.

What music comprises the score for the soundtrack of your life? I bet it tells the story of your journey so far and punctuates each of your milestones.

I love music!

1 comment:

  1. Like you, I'm a lover of just about every musical genre except heavy metal/rock. As I've grown older, I've gained a better appreciation for music. Coming up I was strictly r&b, hip-hop and of course gospel. Now I find myself listening to more artists such as Adele, Jessie J., Pink, Maroon 5 and the list goes on and on. My favorite artist is India Arie. I love her! I'm also a huge gospel fan, my father is a preacher so that's what was played in my house (out loud). We had to sneak and listen to other music. LOL!