“30 Days to a More Optimistic You” Positivity Challenge – Day 26. Beautiful Music Makes Life Worth Living
Do you ever find yourself breaking out into song in the middle of the day?
Do you have a song playing in your mind right now? What is it?
Do you enjoy hearing this melody? Do the lyrics please you?
Music is a soothing balm for the soul. When life seems overwhelming, you can take a break, and let music carry you away on the wave of your own imagination.
Today we will feel blessed for the beautiful music humans have created throughout history.
All over the world, music has its own unique and signature sound. From harmonicas to ukuleles, drums, sitars, bassoon, cello and more.
From a simple, evocative melody sung by a single human voice, to a masterful composition that was written by the world’s most influential musical composers such as Beethoven or Mozart, and performed by a full orchestra … there’s no question that music speaks to the human spirit and awakens something in us that’s difficult to explain.
Even dogs enjoy music! If you have a dog, do you ever put music on for him or her to watch the reaction?
Perhaps music is a more complex form of howling – the calling of the pack.
Exercise 26: Bring Home the Sound of Music
Remember that movie? Did you feel elated and moved beyond words at the first sound of Julie Andrews’ soprano voice ringing out in proclamation that “The hills are alive with the sound of music?” How about “Doe a deer, a female deer…” Do you find yourself singing along?
Our family loved that movie and watched it every year for a long time. One morning the kids were later for school as we had stayed up late the might before watching it. For many of us, the songs of that beloved film makes our follicles stand at attention as we break out in gooseflesh at the beauteous harmonies. How about you? Does it bring happy memories when you hear that song.
Do you make music a part of your home life?
If you have children, do you sing with them or support their interest in music?
Have you ever taken music lessons or mastered the ability to play an instrument? I took accordian lessons as a child. My children are musical with two boys having been in bands for years. I have attended many “Open Mic” nights and many gigs over the years!
For our positivity challenge today, make music a theme of your afternoon or evening. Ask family members or living partners to pick a favorite song or album. It can be any musical genre – classical, blues, rock and roll, jazz, new age, country, Motown, or something else. Make up your own band and rock out, even if you are playing air guitar!
If you have musically inclined family members, why not spend more time rocking out together? This is a great activity for people of all ages, but if you have little ones then they will definitely find music appreciation hour to be highly enjoyable. We have cousins who are musically talented as well. We LOVE music!!
Gather up any instruments you have around – kid sized bongos, guitars, pan flutes, harmonicas, banjo… whatever you’ve got. Pass one instrument to each person, and have a jam session. Pots and pans can be used in a pinch, or coffee tins. A plastic container of rice or beans. Put your imagination to work and have fun!
Write down the details of your jam session. If you managed to record it, play back and make not of some cool musical developments that transpired. Who had a solo? Were people able to harmonize?
You might go further with your gratefulness for music theme. Host music night at least once a week!
To developing your musical abilities