Welcome to Monday in my little corner of the world where it is hot hot hot and there is no sign of rain but there is the chance of a cool change this evening.
It was a very hot and sticky night last night and as I lay with my ceiling fan whirring and purring away I listened to some lovely music and one piece in particular touched my soul. I listened in the velvet darkness to "One Fine Day" from Madam Butterfly by Puccini and although it is a piece I am familiar with I was particularly touched by this piece.
Music has always been an important part of my life and I guess my Welsh heritage has something to do with that and I have a very eclectic taste going from the Classics to some country music, middle of the road, to some rock and some of the modern music too. There has been a shocked look on the face of my daughter when she has come home and found Mum listening to Pink or Kelly Clarkson.
I enjoy folk music and celtic music, the music of Rod Stewart, Billy Joel and Kenny Rogers. I love the triumphal marches of Sousa and Elgar. I sing a lot as I work or write (most times off key) but the lyrics often touch my soul and the music moves me to tears. I enjoy music in film and often enjoy Australian bush music. National Anthems and songs stir my soul to it's core and I can recall when my children were smaller - Naomi saying "My mum knows a song about everything." They were often sent off to sleep to a slightly out of tune lullaby.
There has been music in my home in many different forms - trumpet and clarinet and recorder were played at different times and each of the children were in choirs at one stage or another.
The songs that have lived through my sadness and joy and have become part of the melody of my life and I am blessed to have a friend who can always come up with a song to suit the moment - be it a tender moment or a frivlous one and who often leaves a message of song for me.
There are so many quotes and comments on music and I am glad it is part of my life. Sometimes it's the lyrics and sometimes the tune, but always there is music playing the melody of my life and it often reflects the mood of the day.
I rarely watch television, sometimes DVDs (and I check the music out there) but most evenings will find me quietly listening to radio or music of my choice.
My life is full like a gentle flowing river - I remember with affection the days when the river ran faster and stronger and bustled along, but these calmer days are wonderful and I relish the rippling of the water which itself is music.
There are many songs I could quote, but I leave you with a quote from The Mammas and the Pappas ~
"You've got to make your own kind of music - even if no body else sings along."
Make sure you do listen to your own music and follow the beat of your heart - I wish you a wonderful day and I hope you find yourself humming a tune or singing out loud. Sing out loud and sing out strong.
Listen to the memories your music will evoke in you and visit those memories with a smile.
Thank you for visiting the Musings of My heart - a pensive and music filled heart today.
Love and hugs,