…But Sometimes I Need Quiet
By Jeff Salter
Any activity for which I like music accompaniment? Different music for different activities?
Back in the Old Days
Growing up, I always heard music at home. My mom was a music major [LSU] and loved the classics. My dad enjoyed those and also liked soundtracks from many of the major Hollywood musicals. These were played often in our household until my brother and I graduated to “rock-n-roll” and we (and, later, my sister) began buying cool albums and singles.
Interestingly, back in the days before we had radios in any of our family vehicles, my father used to sing to us as he drove. He had a nice tenor voice – not professional quality, but very good – and had memorized numerous ballads which we (kids) loved to hear… over and over. [When I see my younger grandkids play the Frozen DVD a dozen times in nine days, it takes me back to how often we might hear some of my Dad’s songs over the course of a family driving vacation.]
In fact, after I’d married and we had our own kids – in the earliest years of their lives – I continued this tradition: I’d sometimes sing in the car (no radio yet) to entertain them. I make no particular claims for voice quality, but I knew a few songs – mostly from the Beatles – and the kids seemed to tolerate them well enough.
After we finally acquired vehicular radios, I used to listen to music a bit while driving — but in the past 20 yrs or so, I hardly ever turn on my radio / CD player. I’d much rather THINK.
As authors in this group blog, one focus of this topic naturally has to be about whether we use music in our writing. Swimming against the current, I definitely do not. I need total silence, or (at the most) white noise — when the weather’s nice, I like the outdoor sounds of nature… when it’s not, I don’t mind the neutral racket of the HVAC unit.
So, are they any activities that I pair with music?
Well, in church, I love most of the hymns — to me, that’s part of the worship. And at other times during the week, I’ll find my mind “humming” hymns.
When I’m shopping with my Mom in Kroger on Senior Discount Day, I enjoy the Golden Oldies which they play over the P.A. system. [Just wish they wouldn’t interrupt the good songs with announcements.]
When I’m exercising at the ‘Y’ three days a week, I enjoy SOME of the tunes they play – but I don’t know which station it is. Some is from the Golden Oldies, but some from the 70s and 80s.
What about you? Is music part of any routine of yours?
[JLS # 251]