Music in My Life

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
― Albert Einstein

How I see music
Music is a language all unto itself, which connects souls.

I have never read a quote that describes my connection to music as well as this one from Albert Einstein.  As long as I can remember there has always been music in my life which has comforted me when I was down, encouraged me in life and motivated me to achieve things that I have and am accomplishing.

There is something about a song that moves past your meaningless thoughts and into your soul.  It is personal for each of us, and I am sure that not everyone sees music like I do but for those who do, I understand and encourage more.

Music Videos of life

Much like Einstein, many of my daydreams are played along to the music in my life, like personalized music videos in my head.  That connection is unstoppable and I have an almost unstoppable urge to hear it again. When MTV started to show videos, I thought that it was about time that others saw the music like I do.  (My videos were always better.)

So many songs have come into my life that it is difficult to pick a certain style of music that I like more than another.  My generation grew up with what I think is a great variety of music, so I have been able to enjoy everything from the Beach Boys to Led Zeppelin.

Love My Lyrics

music makes me jump for joy
Music makes me jump for joy!

In my young days, I would spend hours listening and thinking about that situation, that girl, that moment, that memory and enjoy that song.

I had a desire to know the lyrics to every song, that I liked. I used to write them down in a notebook, so I could memorize them.  (If only I worked so diligently on my school work)  I compiled hundreds of songs and in the days before the internet, this was not so easy.

Generally, I would record a song off of the radio and then play a line, pause it, write it down and then play, pause and write again until I had the entire lyrics to the song.  Now I laugh at the ease with which I can see the lyrics from any song.  It is much easier than trying to decipher the mumbling words and phrases of songs from the 70’s and 80’s.

To this day, I would guess I could remember the words to every song that I wrote the lyrics to over 30 years ago.  Is that a talent or a sickness?

Mixed Tapes and Musical OCD

Then as I got a little older I started making mixed tapes that were not only songs I liked but became the soundtrack to that moment in my life.  I would also give each one a title that explained to me what was happening at that time in my life.

There were so many of these, which went with relationships, experiences, and people in my past.  The connection was fleeting in one way because those people, relationships and times are gone, but they are also timeless.

If I hear a song today from that soundtrack, I am immediately transported back to that feeling or emotion I was feeling so long ago, like a time machine.  Songs that remind me of people are the best because I have been fortunate to have had experiences with so many great people.

Does Anyone See Music Like Me?

As I moved through life, I continued to listen but found that there were few people who saw the music the way that I did, or at least they forgot how to.  I thought that the problem was with me, so I kept my mouth shut and continued to listen and sing along.  I didn’t make my own soundtracks then because I thought it was childish.  What stupid things we think sometimes. Music was still there waiting every time I looked for it.

Now we have the wonders of technology to make music more available than it has ever

music makes me sit and think
Music allows me to contemplate life’s many mysteries and stroll though my memories in the most delightful ways.

been.  If you told me that I would have an Ipod back in 1980, I would have laughed in your face.  I was pretty excited when I got my first walkman.

Surprisingly there are more soundtracks today that define my life then there have ever been before.  I make a new one about every week, and the titles define what is happening.  Or they mention an event that happened around that time.

Much like Einstein, I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music, and there is nothing wrong with that.  In fact, I wonder how drab life would be without it.

15 thoughts on “Music in My Life”

  1. I do too Jon :-). For me there are some songs that evoke such strong memories that I avoid them. And not just painful memories – but memories so exquisite that the song becomes something sacred. If that makes sense? Some songs are tied into relationships that were precious to me. Another song that comes to mind is “Pride (in the name of love) by U2. I heard this live in concert. And to have 100,000 people standing and singing along was a priceless memory. I try to avoid listening to this song as I know it will never be as “alive” as it was that night.

  2. You are not alone Jon. My life has always revolved around music. I remember events going back to before I was 7 or 8 years old. All tied to music.
    When I met my current husband we would sit and talk music. Something I could never do with the ex. We have CDs of songs that have special meaning to us and listening to them brings us right back to some place special. My name even comes from a combination of Ramblin Man and Ramble On. Couldn’t live without music.

    1. Ann I love both of those songs! No wonder you are so AWESOME! Music is from the soul and connects souls. Music is a time machine. I would love to write more right now but it is time for me to ramble on!! 🙂 So grateful for the comment and the read. Thank you very much.

  3. My Ipod is one of my greatest friends. I must say that I do understand when you say that music transports you back into another place and time which has past. Sometimes its almost as though one can breath the same air we breathed then, just for those few seconds. I have a friend who died a more than a year ago and he loved Boston and every time I hear a Boston song I am reminded so much of this friend…sometimes I even think I hope they play lots of Boston up there for him. Loved your post again, Jon. very much.

    1. I know Michelle, I had the same experience. The right song can move you to a different place and time in your mind. Funny how important events get linked to songs and then when you hear that song you remember. I also link them to what is happening today in my life. I can find lyrics that explain about what I am currently experiencing. Music is a language all to itself and allows people who have nothing in common to relate to each other. I am so grateful to have you commenting on my blog it makes my day!:-)

    1. It does it to me all the time! Hear the perfect song that reminds you of a time or a place from a long time ago. I am sure it has something to do with the neural pathways you create when you listen to music. What type of music takes you back in time? Thank you for checking in here today MFE, I read this at the perfect time it is almost 1:15 I needed a little boost to get me through the rest of the day. 🙂 Hope all is well in your world.

  4. I totally get what you’re saying here. Music does the same thing to me. I did the whole writing down lyrics and memorizing songs. For a while, I knew lyrics really well because I liked the message it was saying or I could relate to it. I felt the music. I laughed at “If only I worked so diligently at my school work”. I used to say the same thing..hahaha!
    Slowly, its gotten to become an essential part of my life and I can’t imagine being without music 🙂
    Awesome post Jon!

    1. I could tell you were a fellow lyricist Kim. All of the writing must have rubbed of and made us both bloggers. I am sure you were fine in your school work. I managed to make it through college myself. Life was so different back then. No internet to help out when you couldn’t tell what the heck they were saying. Music is still a very big part of my daily existence and I love all kinds. Thank you so much for commenting Kim, I always love to hear from you!! I have started telling all the people in Maine that you are coming in July so we will be ready for you. 🙂

  5. Music has gotten me through the darkest moments of my life. It is the universal language that we can all share even if we don’t understand the words! When I get migraines I actually sing songs (softly of course) but sometimes the singing is the only thing that seems to work! Thank you for this post Johnathan as always you are such an inspiration 🙂

  6. I know EXACTLY what you mean! To this day I still remember exactly everything that went through my head when I first heard Dire Straits’ “Tunnel of Love,” and yeah, my video would be so much better than the two they made! ;o)

    1. That is awesome! I think I had the same thoughts about every song on the Making Movies album. I still love it today, but back then when I heard it there was a video in my mind about every dire straits song. Dire Straits live is an experience worth hearing anytime! One of my favorite bands of all time!! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment! Made my day and I am glad I am not the only one who pictures videos in their mind! 🙂

      1. I haven’t enjoyed much of Knopfler’s solo music, but there’s a few songs on “Sailing to Philadelphia” where I had similar experiences. The only other band where this happens to me regularly is Rush; I remember it happening way back with “The Trees” and “Red Barchetta,” among others. ;o)

        1. Mark Knopfler without Dire Straits is like straight sugar. Still good but what you really can’t consume it in the fashion. I will admit there are a few songs that his guitar skills catch me, but for the most part I am old school!
          I am so indiscriminate with my video mind skills, I do it still today with any song that relates to the issues I have in life or the way I am feeling. I love Rush too, Closer to the heart is a classic Rush song that recently has resonated with me. So many great bands, U2 also was one back in the day that this happened almost automatically. Their music, My life and awesome combination! 🙂 Thanks for the reminiscing

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