Thursday, April 12, 2018

Darla’s Discoveries – Music as a... Mask?


Anyone who has spent more than five minutes with me in even a virtual sense knows music is one of my favorite things in this entire world. An inner ear headphone worn back in my office work days helped keep me sane, sometimes with the thousands of songs on random play.

It was amusing to hear a Marilyn Manson tune followed by Mozart, then maybe some hardcore Otep. And something fast paced makes exercising and cleaning a little more palatable.

Now I’m an aging asthmatic early retiree with one creaky knee who found other benefits to playing tunes. Breathing easy but lungs popping and crackling? Turn up The Cure. Queasy over a grinding knee joint ascending the cellar stairs? Put Palaye Royale on through headphones before starting the laundry.

As I type, I’m listening to music from “The Crow” to drown out my rattling exhalations. Maybe after this I’ll put on some KoЯn. That’s always fun writing accompaniment.

KoЯn - Nu Metal Masters
Does your life require a soundtrack?

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15 comments:

  1. I've always loved music. Many different kinds of music. I've got my music for this weekend and I'll be playing through the weekend on our boat.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Oh, I so hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip! Be well, my dear.

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  2. I spend most of my time in silence. I know I'm weird. It makes hearing the voices in my head that much easier ;)

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  3. It may seem funny, but no. Most of the time I don't have my music on. I do have a lot of favorites on my phone, and sometimes listen when I'm driving. But, mostly I like the silence. It may be that my father's thinking rubbed off on me. He didn't like constant background music, as in stores, and said people should be comfortable with their own thoughts. He loved to sit and listen to classical music in the evenings though, and had wanted to finish music school, but world events interfered.

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    1. I totally respect that. There are times I agree, honestly. Don't tell anyone. ~grin~ And it sounds like your father might have served in the military. If so, I thank you, him, and all your loved ones for that service. I know it's a sacrifice for family, too. And if not, I am grateful for whatever role he played and sorry he couldn't complete his desired schooling. Be well!

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  4. I like to listen to Sinatra while cooking :)

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    1. Cool! Drummer of Palaye Royale, Emerson Barrett, played Ol' Blue Eyes during a recent podcast. ~grin~ I probably told you already. Ha! Be well.

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  5. Dad has a lifelong love of all kinds of music, but says he feels so out of the loop these past years. He's always prided himself on musical pop culture and music trivia, but because he no longer routinely listens to music he feels like he's failed himself. Plus he's old...

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    1. Awww... Bless his heart. I just don't care for 'pop' music these days. ~sigh~ Be well, my dear!

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  6. I love music. I never turn off my radio in the car, I might....might...change the channel but basically I listen to a mix of 60, 70 and 80 tunes. At home I have my tv going most of the time for the noise. If I am on the deck, I have the radio on in the kitchen since I leave the back door open it filters out there. As for a soundtrack - I have to say that I love the Dirty Dancing music. I call that my feel good music. Makes me want to dance an move! I used to carry my CDs in the car with me so I could pull what I wanted to listen too but I find my mix station pretty much covers the music I like. I need to start venturing out and listening to more. The country station here is giving out Justin Timberlake (if they draw your name) thought about trying to win some of those for me and my daughter. I have seen him in Sync twice and I enjoyed that. Donny and Marie are coming the the Opry House in July but I am passing on that, saw them about 5 yrs ago.

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  7. oops.....sorry, I rambled on and on!

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    1. No! Not like I did on Liz A.'s blog a few minutes ago. ~grin~ I'm amazed that Donny and Marie are still well enough to tour. That's so cool. Be well, my dear.

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  8. When I am stressed out or sad, from life's little quirks, there is nothing that takes me away, keeps my mind free of bad thought, than turning up the volume and rocking out. I love classic rock, jazz, classical, all kinds of music. It sooths my soul. I think everyone should have a theme song.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad music can bring some comfort. We would have fun rocking out together, I bet. Take care!

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