A couple of nights ago my toddler was sitting on the floor sorrowfully repeating, “It’s not fair!” And he was right. His sister had gotten my grown-up scissors out and then left them on the table where he could reach them. I tried to trade kids scissors for the grown-up scissors but he wouldn’t even go for a 2-for-1 deal. So I wrested the grown-up scissors out of his hand and left him empty handedly complaining about fairness.
I gave him a few moments to work through this. I told him I agreed but safety had to come first. Then I went over, picked him up and started singing, “Hush Little Baby” as I settled him on my lap. Holding him close with one hand, I fed him applesauce with the other.
When I finished, he was calm and my friend Deirdre, who had watched the whole scene was in tears. “That was beautiful” she explained when I looked at her wondering why. “You changed the whole vibration.”
All I’d done was what moms and dads have done for generations. The wisdom of the ages that music works magic. The way that a tune can transport us across time and space, excite us or calm us, and bring us to tears. A song has that magic that can bypass the head and go straight for our hearts.
It reminds me of a memorable summer afternoon a few years ago when I was walking my dog near the zoo. They were preparing for a “zoo tunes” concert and playing songs I associate with high school like “Take On Me” (A-ha), “Every Breath You Take (Police) and “Hungry Like a Wolf” (Duran Duran). With each song and step as I listened, I felt younger, more vibrant and my smile got bigger and bigger.
I’m wondering what a Pointless Overthinking music playlist would be. Would it be transformative or existential? Could it transport us to a space that us deep and philosophical? Or would it be a way to experience new thoughts from around the world?
If you’d humor me, please post in the comments a song to include and how it makes you feel. It doesn’t have to be your favorite song although it could be, or maybe it’s just something that just popped in your mind as you read this.
I’ll start and I’m trying not to overthink this: Life is Better with You by Michael Franti because it makes me thankful for the company of others along this journey.
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