Music can cast a spell of its own

I had to run out to do an errand this afternoon, after attending online church services. When I got in the car, my radio was set to smooth jazz on satellite radio, as it normally is. I proceeded to my destination, unconsciously being soothed by the likes of Dave Koz, Acoustic Alchemy, Rick Braun, and other contemporary jazz artists. The ride to my destination was relaxing, as I seemingly, without friction, moved down the expressway without the least bit of stress.

After I had picked up the items, I went out to purchase and I was back on the expressway in my cruise mode, Dave Koz interrupted the groove with a talk about the value of music. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say he interrupted since it was his show.  He has this show that comes on SiriusXM Satellite radio each Sunday called The Dave Koz Lounge. Anyway, he made some reference to the times in which we’re living. Of course, he mentioned the coronavirus and the resultant stresses it has caused so many of us to suffer. When he started to talk about how music has a universal appeal and how it can bring relief from many of the things that trouble us, I consciously tuned into what he was saying.

I’ve been a lover of smooth jazz all my adult life. Jazz is a form of music that never grows old. Wes Montgomery’s Bumpin’ on Sunset, which was released in 1965 sounds just as contemporary as Norman Brown’s Up “N” at ‘Em released in 2004. This music genre seems to manipulate the atmospheric pressure around me as it changes, almost unobtrusively, my internal universe.

Music is a powerful force. Whether you’re moved by gospel, rhythm and blues, classical, country and western, whatever trips your trigger. Although I’m predominately a smooth jazz listener, I’ve been known to find myself getting into some of that Nashville stuff, that I call country blues. After all, when a person sings about losing their girl, but they’re okay because they still have the dog and the pickup truck, ain’t that blues?

As I write this, I’m listening to Norman Brown’s Radio station on Pandora. Both my mind and my fingers are engaged. My fingers are literally dancing across the keyboard. Aw, the effects of music. Can you think of a better time when we should all be doing something to take or minds (if for a minute) off what’s going on around us? So, put on your earphones, pop in those ear buds and turn up the volume. Let the right side of your brain explore and create an environment that has the potential for soothing whatever ails you.

I’m old and blessed…I hope you will be too.

4 thoughts on “Music can cast a spell of its own

  1. Linda Lee/Lady Quixote October 12, 2020 / 1:59 am

    I love jazz. Love the blues. Oh yes, there’s nothing like it.

    Years ago, I wrote a slow, smokey, blues song. I call it: A Beautiful Feeling.

    Troubles come
    And troubles go
    That’s just the way this old life is
    You know…
    But I’ve got a feeling
    A beautiful feeling
    Everything will be all right

    First you’re up
    And then you’re down
    Sometimes you feel like
    You’re all turned around…
    But I’ve got a feeling
    A beautiful feeling
    Everything will be all right

    God’s in His heaven
    Up above
    He’s sending His blessings
    On the wings of His love
    To all of His children
    Here below
    And there’s no better way
    I know…

    I’ve got you, Babe
    And you’ve got me
    Together we make a happy family
    ‘cuz I’ve got a feeling
    A beautiful feeling
    Everything will be all right!

    There’s more to the song, but without the music it’s not quite the same. And yes, I agree that some country songs are really blues. 🙂

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  2. JLem October 12, 2020 / 3:31 am

    Old And Blessed… I can truly relate. SiriusXM is locked on my radio, and Water Colors is my station. When I can still some airtime in my home, it’s all Water Colors… smooth jazz. Thanx for sharing the moment.


    • oldandblessed October 12, 2020 / 3:47 am

      It’s amazing how I have at least one thing in common with bloggers I follow, and who follow me. I also have Water Colors locked in on my radio.


  3. Rhonda Parker October 14, 2020 / 2:43 pm

    I totally get it! Greg Porter has been my “go-to” of late. His “Take Me To the Alley” is something. Love me some JAZZ!!


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