I LOVE music. It defines my life. I'm not musical but I surround myself with music whenever possible: music I love, music that means something to me, music that touches me. I know I'm in trouble when I begin to delve into Spotify and add to my many music lists (like mixed music tapes and cds of which I've created many) or when I investigate songs on YouTube. I can be 'gone' for hours at a time, reliving, discovering, uncovering and rediscovering. Recently on CBC Radio Two, Raina Douris has played a catchy song at around the same time each morning, usually as I'm getting ready for my day. I found it haunting and an instrumental part in the middle transcended all thoughts, even intellectual perception of the music, and resonated deep in my stomach (of all places, but if you're aware of tai chi, it would be my dantian, my energy centre). The song is Mission Bells by Armistice.
It's always exciting to discover a new bewitching song. For me, this has been a month of tai chi at the Marina with my lovely friend Louise, Monday evenings and early Wednesday mornings whenever we can make it. The instructor, Peng You, leads us in forms and plays gorgeous music which seems to drift into my soul and out across Lake Superior. I learned tai chi without music and can therefore do it anywhere at any time but music makes it magical and more dance-like. Hopefully the link below will work so you can listen to the gorgeous music and see Peng and a medley of forms and moves. The view you see right at the beginning of the clip shows you Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant. This is what we look out onto as we practice tai chi. So serene.
I've been catching up with Super Soul Sundays with Oprah on my pvr. This morning I watched an episode with Gretchen Reuben who wrote the wonderful book The Happiness Project. Gretchen mentioned starting her day with singing to raise her vibration and her energy. Oprah admitted that she also started that habit as a result of reading Gretchen's book. Music and magic again.
So much for the music part of this title. What about the lollipops? Super Soul Sundays make me think of TED talks and how inspiring they can be. Which reminds me of lollipops. One of my most favourite TED talks, one I could listen to every day several times, is about lollipop moments, those little moments when we reach out to someone and without even realising it, make a difference in their life. When you have chance, please watch this TED talk. It's 6 minutes long. Perhaps I've included it in a previous blog. I can't remember. It means enough to me that I might have. Please watch it again. It's worth it.
We have to end with my completed painting (partway through and completed) and the bounciness of an old song. Go ahead. Sing along! It'll do you good!
May your day be filled with music and lollipop moments!
Welcome! I'm Sue Blott: a writer of all things, a poet at heart, mom, wife, daughter, step-mom, grandma, tea drinker, tai chi-er, mystic, artist, dreamer...and now a blogger! This is my world.