DAY 593

in {and out} Week 27: Song

I am not a great fan or a connoisseur of music. To be honest, I would love to be able to enjoy music more often, to know more about its history or techniques or to recognize composers. I really admire those who are able to do all that, and mainly those who have musical talent. But some days, music only irritates me and I have to opt for silence. This continues to happen even after living with my husband who was raised by a musical family and has great aptitude for music, after acknowledging that I have not such a bad ear as I used to think and after trying to learn to appreciate it better.

Paradoxically, I love dancing. And one cannot dance without music. As a result, music is associated in my mind to body motion, not to the fact of listening. It doesn't lead me to be more relaxed or calmed through stillness, but through a sort of inner euphoria that makes me want to smile, move and shout (which is quite odd as I am an introvert).

There are many pieces that produce this effect on me. Popular songs, classical pieces, country ballads, folk music, themes from old music comedies, Spanish boleros, blues, Latin-American salsa... you name it.

However, I have not many favorite songs, it depends on the moment and on my mood and quite often, I come across them accidentally, but while listening some of them, I have realized that there are always a common thread that link those which I prefer: time. Some way or another, they all talk about it.

There are words that make a good lyric and time (along with love) must be among them, but I have seen a deeper nexus: time heals, and music can do it also. Time is not visible, but music makes it audible. Music can connect us with circumstances and memories and with the pass of time, while time reveals the greatness of music. And -as far as I am concerned- music has the power to stop time, to make me feel timeless... ageless.

To make me accept (at least, just for a moment) that time is on my side.

This entry is part of a project I am developing with my friend Montse Gallardo. We'll share a photo every week during 2015. Her photos will be always taken outside and my photos will be indoor shots only. We have created a Facebook page: In and Out. 52 weeks where you can see all the photos of the project. 


Shaharoh said...

Beautiful post. For me, music was and still is a love affair I will never escape. However, I do yearn for silence sometimes especially if I'm studying for something or just to be alone in my thoughts. I love what you wrote about music making you feel timeless and ageless. I am always amazed at a song's ability to make me see memories of the past and how it can remind you of the best moments of one's life.

Aga Gasiniak said...

Lovely post, Zena. Thank you for sharing another part of Zena's world. I love music. I am not very good at dancing I have to admit (probably lots of body blockades)but I do think that movement is a beautiful way of expression. Big hugs and wishing you a good week!

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

I adore your musings....I love music and so many different kinds but am not musical and admire those with talent....music is timeless and does suspend time....I had not thought of it that way...thank you for this very wise and musical post!

Aga Gasiniak said...

Dear Zena, I hope you are well. Sending you big, big hugs!!!

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