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Music can be Magical

Updated on May 13, 2012

When Nothing Else Works

Today, I attended the funeral of a friend whom I have known for over twenty years, and to say the least my mood was somber. Neither working in the yard nor playing with my dog could change the sadness that had crept into my being.

While staring at an empty computer screen, contemplating the topic of my next hub, our local PBS station featured Miranda Lambert and then Jeff Bridges on Austin City Limits. Slowly, a smile erased the frown that had burdened my face all day, my foot began to move to the beat of the music, and I no longer felt consumed with sadness. Music…just what the mood doctor ordered.

As a four year old child, I received my first record player along with a 45 record by Elvis from my parents. Yes, even at the ripe old age of four, I was rocking out to the King. By age six, dancing was my favorite past time, so one morning I concocted something that looked like throw up and pretended to be sick, so I could stay home from school and dance to my records. After calling in the lady who cared for us, my mom headed for work…..or so I though. Just as I quietly began to dance in my room, the door opened-BUSTED! I got in big trouble for that stunt! The anxiety of getting in trouble with my dad once he got home from work almost ruined my day off from school, but not totally, for I still listened to music and danced the day away.

From alternative to blues, music brings us together. Do you remember the music video “We are the World”, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie twenty five years ago? There are many videos of this song uploaded on youtube, but one I found uploaded in 2007 has over 14 million hits. Since then a new version of this music video was recorded in 2010 for Haiti, and one uploaded version I found has over 102 million hits. How powerful and amazing! Music unites humanity in a way unlike most anything else. My theory is that it takes us out of our heads and into our hearts. Once the heart has been touched, barriers dissipate and people become bonded to one another in sheer humanity.

We Are the World

Music has been around since the prehistoric era. If Neanderthals made flutes in order to express a basic form of music, I think it must be part of our genetic makeup. As soon as man was intelligent enough to communicate, music found its way out of him/her!

Many of us do not sing or play a musical instrument, but I for one, respect and admire those musicians and singers whose talents make our world a better place. This lifetime may not have graced me with a beautiful voice or talent on a musical instrument, but I shall continue to belt out Sheryl Crow songs and play air piano as long as my car windows are up and no one is watching. Yes, if only in my own mind, I am AWESOME!

We are the World-Haiti

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      I enjoyed your hub as I really enjoy music , had a record player when young . I don't play anything but love listening to someone singing & playing the guitar .

      I found you while hub hopping

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      why thank you freecampingaussie!! So glad you stopped by to comment....now Rock on!

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      Reptillian 5 years ago from South Dakota

      I usually choose music to match my mood. Next time I'm feeling down, I'll have to try altering my mood by listening to an upbeat tune.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful hub about a beautiful subject! I can't imagine my life without music. It has played such a huge part in my life; such vivid memories are associated with songs...thank you for a great hub!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanks for stopping by Reptillian. Hope it works for you!

      Hi Billybuc, I can't imagine my life without music either! Thanks for stopping by!

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      Elvis fan? Me too. Cheers! :)

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for stopping by quicksand! Love Elvis

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Your article certainly brought back memories of yore. I remember my mom liked Elvis, not so much for his music, but because he was always nice to his mother. I had a portable reel to reel tape recorder and the first song I taped was Petula Clark's "Downtown." Do you recall loading up the 45s on your record player, only to have the records stick to one another and not drop down onto the turn table?

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Power of music is immense.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Lovely hub, I'm glad that you found comfort in uplifting music. Right music can heal, help our emotions and lift our spirit. Take care.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I agree with you both Katrine and Vinaya. Music touches us like nothing else.

      Yes, Pagesvoice, I do remember the 45's sticking!! I also remember reel to reels and "Downtown" by Petula Clark...When your'e alone and life is making you lonely...

      Thank you all for stopping by and commenting!

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      Music is especially special in my life.At a young age my brother had a record player and would play songs all the time.He wouldn't let me use it in fear of breaking it or recking his records.Maybe rightfully so.My mother and father could see no need to have two in the same house.So it wasn't till I was older on my own I bought my own records first the 45's and then the 78's and then anything that moved.I didn't care.I use to tape songs off the radio by tape recorder.Later I bought 8 track tapes and later any kind of songs on tape.Now years later when tapes and records are not needed and you can get cd's I didn't care I had records and tapes.Now I listen to how some records skipped and some tapes mumble I just laugh and enjoy and make up my own words.I remember getting the record of We Are World and thinking it was the best thing ever.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanks for the great comment Dream On! The method of listening to music has changed, but it surely left us with great memories! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wonderful hub, pickles! When my son is stressed and starting to spiral out of control, music tends to calm him down and head off the hysteria. Voting up and more.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Music for every year of our lives, and for every broken heart. There was no other way. Before TV and even radio, music was around from birth. Sure, we do remember that video USA for Africa, and Michael. Just seeing Whitney and Donna leaving the scene of life...make us think just how disheartening... to know that the party will be over one day, but meanwhile we still have YouTube and dowloading USB's and MP4's. This inspiration of yours came right on time. Voted up!

      Lord

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I agree TTombs08. Music can calm me or bring up my mood most anytime. Glad it works as a nice medicine for your son.

      Yes lord, I can hear a song and remember the broken heart attached to it! Can you imagine a world without it!!? Thanks to you both for stopping by!!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      studied 14 years

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Mhatter99, thanks for stopping by. You must definitely have a love of music to study it for 14 years!!

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      Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      You must have been a naughty one to feign sickness in order to rock and roll. Music is indeed magical. A genius it was, who created the musical thing in our lives to change our moods, make us happy, lift our spirits, lull us to sleep, liven our environs, cause us to love and even make us cry, apart from making us to sing. Music is more than magical. Good hub. Voted up

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I guess I was naughty Anjiii! I can feel your love of music too! Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      I just had to bring my positive attitude over the top.I found so much comfort and joy.You make my day better.Thanx again.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      You gave me the ultimate compliment Dream On. Thank you!

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      Colleen Lyon 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

      Lovely hub, I enjoy music, it can sweep me to far away places. It soothes the soul, tickles the fancy, and lifts the spirit. Thanks for writing. voted up. Take care, C.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanks for stopping by Lifes 2nd Chances! I agree with you totally....as I listen to some soft jazz.

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