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Friday, September 09, 2011

In Others' Words: Music

"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body."
 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

I savor listening to music just about any time of the day.If you could hear what I'm singing along to, it might be country. Or praise and worship. Or show tunes. Or instrumental. When it comes to my tastes in music, I like a little bit of this and that.
Music refreshes me.
Music soothes me.
Music energizes me.
Not unlike those times I slip away, shut the door, and take a nice long soak in my tub.
Ahhhh, nothing like it.

In Your Words: What about you? Are you a "music bather?" What kind of music do you like to soak in?

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At 6:56 AM, Blogger Patricia said...

Oh...I LOVE this, Beth. Just thinking about taking a music bath relaxes me.

I'm rather eclectic in my music tastes, as well, and my choice of "bath salts" varies with the mood.

To really relax and soak, an acoustic guitar instrumental would probably be my first choice.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Pat Trainum aka P. T. Bradley said...

Can one become a music bather? I so rarely listen to music or anything else, preferring total silence from the radio or tv when I'm home.

This is something I think I'll try. Maybe click on Pandora and set up a playlist. Great post, Beth!

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Reba J. Hoffman said...

Music: the cry of the heart that no words can express.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Keli Gwyn said...

For the pat few years, I've been soaking in classical music. I listen to it when I write and when I drive. It fills my soul and fuels my creativity.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Keli Gwyn said...

Since you're an editor, Beth, you'll understand my need to say that I meant "past" and not "pat." I know better than to publish a post without previewing it. =)

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Melissa Tagg said...

Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay!!!! (With a hearty helping of Needtobreathe mixed in...and some good P&W.) Yes, I'm a music bather...

I can't, however, listen to music too often when I'm writing. Especially if it's something I loooove...I'll get too lost in it. But I do sometimes listen to soundtracks as I write. Or, weird as it sounds, sometimes I stick a dvd of Gilmore Girls in when I'm writing. The background chatter gets me in the groove...

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

I adore music. I'm a huge fan of acoustic and calming tunes, but I listen to anything. Yesterday I needed a pump me up song big time to get me going in the morning.

Love music, but can't listen to it when I write.
~ Wendy

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Interesting comments today. Everything from "Yes, I have to listen to music!" to "No, no! Must have silence!" And everything in between.
I like to listen to music when I write and edit. Reminds me of when I had an editing sleepover with my crit group (all women) before sending my galley proof for my nonfiction book to the editor. I turned on my music and was met with shouts of "Turn that music off!"
Majority ruled and I edited in silence.
Grumpy silence.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Bruce Brady said...

When I write, I prefer movie soundtracks and what is labeled as "New Age" music, instrumentals that don't fit in other categories. I think music can take us places where nothing else can.

At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that you posted this today. On my way to work this morning, it occurred to me that the only thing keeping me sane in the moment was the peaceful, transcendent sounds of the band Sigur Ros pouring out of my speakers and washing over my troubled mind.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

I've appreciated how everyone's shared today. I too, believe in the beauty of music and how it can touch our souls in the way nothing else can.


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