My granddaughters plunk out tunes on their mini-piano, singing favorite songs, at times complete with costumes and props. They know what they enjoy, alternating more traditional children’s songs with Laurie Berkner and Raffi selections. I hope they never lose this delight.
I recently asked several friends what music they were currently listening to. Apparently that’s not an easy question to answer. Most respondents to my very informal poll were quick to list the genres they enjoyed, or even happier to outline disqualifications (“I like everything but Rap, NO Country, or…), but they squirmed and dodged a bit when pressed to tell what they were actually listening to. I didn’t think it was a trick question.
I first thought of expanding this conversation because of my friend David, who doesn’t just play music to ward off silence. He accompanies his enormous library with an equally impressive catalogue of knowledge about artists, current trends and new and emerging genres. His interest extends to sharing creative playlists with the world—literally. You can find DjFrere through Internet radio access on the live365 site. Maybe I’m impressed because he is even more eclectic in his tastes than I am.
It’s accepted science that music has a profound effect on our emotions, but I don’t think most of us need a study to confirm that listening to our favorite tunes makes us feel better. Considering that music contributes to overall well-being, perhaps finding a new artist or trying something a little outside your usual tried and trues will move you to think about how you’ll answer the question next time you’re asked, “What are you listening to these days?”