The Professor's homework assignment for August is "...to show us how songs or music inspire your dress, mood, art, writing, etc. "
Music has an enormous impact on my mood. When I feel melancholy or lethargic, listening to upbeat music makes me feel better. Sometimes it's the type of music played at goth clubs, such as Covenant or VNV Nation. Sometimes it's '80s pop/rock. Yes, '80s music was so cheesy it would melt on pizza, but it was, like, totally perky. If your pulse doesn't quicken (for whatever reason) when you listen to Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine," you might need medical attention. ;)
On the flip side, I find country music terribly depressing. One of my favorite thrift stores occasionally plays country music, and on those days, I can't enjoy shopping. After just a few minutes, I start to feel horrible and I have to leave.
Music is part of my daily life. Even when I am not listening to music, there is a soundtrack in my head, and the DJ picks music based on my subconscious. I will find a song running through my head, and I'll realize that it's related to my current situation or what I've just been thinking about. For example:
- My dog began to choke, and I had to give her a doggie Heimlich maneuver. After she was okay and my adrenaline died down, I realized that in my head was a line from "Omen" by i:Scintilla which says "Please keep breathing."
- I saw a cabinet that I thought might work for a vanity in my bathroom. I opened it to discover that it had a record player inside. Later I found DJ Subconscious was playing "You Spin Me Round" (... like a record, baby...).
- I work with an email system called Majordomo. When I needed to pick a password, "Mr. Roboto" (Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto) popped into my head.
- And of course, DJ Subconscious played Ashbury Heights' "Spiders" (I can't stand the spiders) after I walked through a web.
Sometimes the connection is really obscure. The other day, I saw a guy on a Segway. Shortly after, I realized I had Weird Al Yankovic's "Eat It" in my head. Huh? The Segway triggered a memory of a video in which Al rides a Segway for a few seconds. I saw the video who-knows-how-long ago, and I didn't remember the song or how it went. So DJ Subconscious pulled up a Weird Al video/song that I did know: "Eat It." (YouTube research has revealed the video was for "White and Nerdy.")
More random facts about music and me:
I don't like poetry, but I do like meaningful song lyrics. I used to write them on large pieces of black paper on my wall, which you can see in this photo. (You can also see some of the 200+ CDs I had.)
When I get in my car to go somewhere, I often realize that the song in my head is the one I was listening to when I last got out of the car. It's like DJ Subconscious is picking up where I left off. This can happen even when I haven't driven anywhere in two or three days.
I can't fall asleep with music on. My brain continues trying to actively listen to the music and keeps me awake. The only exceptions are new age meditation-type music, which has no words, and for unknown reasons, Alice in Chains' "Jar of Flies." I discovered the latter unintentionally while lying in bed listening to the album.
Another accidental discovery: At their slower speed, the windshield wipers in my car move to the beat of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You." :D
I love to sing, but my voice is horrible. Thus I sing in the car, where I can turn up the music loud enough to drown myself out. :P
If you saw me singing in the car recently, it might have been one of these current favorite "car songs":
"The Bells" by i:Scintilla
"Ritual Noise" by Covenant
"Tight Rope" by Lacuna Coil
"Joyride" by Roxette
"This Corrosion" by The Sisters of Mercy