Life As I See It

Music is My Life

June 4, 2014

You know how there are those songs in everyone’s lives that you either can’t get out of your head or you keep coming back to time after time? Throughout our journey these past few weeks, I have been listening to a lot less music than usual but I still find myself humming or singing bits and pieces of three songs: “Let It Go” from Frozen, “Mean” by Taylor Swift and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from The Lion King.

In case you couldn’t tell already, I am a fan of Disney movies and I think their songs are fantastic. “Mean” became my anthem every time someone scorned me or treated me poorly. It was one of the first songs I learned on the guitar. It is also from Taylor Swift’s early years, which were some of her better ones in my opinion.

“Let It Go” has been stuck in my head since before I saw “Frozen”. It popped up on my Pandora station, Disney themed of course, and then I fell in love with the rest of the album. I listened to it non-stop, learned the lyrics, the rhythm, and the timing. Once I saw it in theatres I think I became more obsessed with it. Seeing it in context made me realize the power behind the lyrics and what message it was trying to send. It gave me a different explanation once I saw it in the sequence with the full film but listening to it without the movie doesn’t change the fact I love the song and what it stands for.

“The Lion King” has to be one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. It was one of the first ones I saw when I was little and I will constantly go back to it now years later. When I was little, I had figures of all the characters and a house for them I played with non-stop. I saw The Lion King on Broadway as my second show ever. It was an intense experience that I think made me really fall in love with theatre. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is a classic. It can be used in any corny chick flick, photo montage, you name it, it can probably be used.

It might also be on my mind because it was the song used for the final sequence after Ali and Roberto got engaged. I really think I care a little too much about the show but at this point its like a bad obsession. You can’t stop until it stops kicking. Every season I say I will quit watching it, and every season I start and fall in love with one of the contestants or the bachelor or bachelorette.

I would much rather music be a larger focus than the Bachelor but unfortunately Pandora doesn’t work in Israel. I miss my country station, my 80’s pop station, my top hits, my 90’s pop, and my top 40 station. My Pandora stations are the one thing that gets me through impossible papers, tough nights and days when I am bored out of my mind. It sounds ridiculous but every station fits one mood or situation. I think it’s better than sulking.

I can’t wait to get back to the United States so I can get my Pandora back and so I can be back with my guitar. I don’t play often, but over the summer it is one of the ways I de-stress and take some “me time”. With my crazy, big family all in one house I need ways to do that. Between tennis, my guitar and my writing, this summer should work out pretty good. I might even start that travel scrapbook I’ve been saying I was going to start for years. We’ll see how productive I am, but I’m sure if I do, I’ll use background music that fits the mood perfectly. I’m just good that way.

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