MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC!
"Welcome to radio station W. E. F. U. N. K., y’all!
Now, this is what I want ya’ll to do:
If you got faults,
shortcomings, y’know like arthritis rheumatism or migraines, whatever part of the body it
is, I want you to lay it on the radio. Let the vibes flow through. Funk
moves, it can RE-move . . . dig?
The desired effect is what you get, when you improve your
interplanetary functioning ship!"
— Parliament Funkadelics
Music has the power to revitalize, reenergize, rejuvenate, relax, rewind, unwind, inspire, invigorate, “move and REmove,” as the Funkadelics so eloquently put it. Music is my soul, and it plays a huge part in my life on so many levels. These selections merely scratch the surface of my personal collection (as those of you who know me would attest), so they represent music that was/is instrumental – pardon the pun – as the “soundtrack” to my healing journey, and include my absolute must-haves, the ones I feel are universally inspirational and powerful, and just a lil’ bit of everything really!!
The big challenge was how to arrange them (alphabetically, style/genre, mood???), so here they are in the best way I could pass ’em along to you:
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DESERT ISLAND DISCS:
As tough as this was to do, this first section of CDs are my "desert island discs";
can't live without 'em, and I have on many occasions played these on repeat
for an entire day or 2 (or 3 or more sometimes!). They hit all da right spots:
inspire, soothe, relax, energize, fill every cell of my body with love and joy,
and then some! Some of the artists are personal friends who not only inspire me
with their music, but also as beautiful people whom I am blessed to have in my life;
then there are those whose music is my sole/soul connection to them and it is a
very deep, infinite, and everlasting one. 'Nuff said . . .
NOTE: CDs are not in any particular order of importance, impact, etc.
TUNE IN, TURN ON, DROP OUT:
Not precisely a Timothy Leary approach (but inspired by his saying): music for relaxing, calming effect, great for meditation, and kinda "tunin' in, turnin' on, and droppin' out" so-to-speak. Some are repeated from the section above, but listed again for this particular purpose. I sometimes found it incredibly difficult to feel truly relaxed and at ease with all of the physical, emotional, mental, metaphysical turmoil and confusion that I was experiencing during this journey. These CDs helped to calm my mind, transport me to a soft 'n soothing place, and allow for some quietude in the eye of the storm . . .
FIRE IT UP, GET THEM CELLS A-DANCIN', HEART RATE UP 'N CIRCULATION FLOWIN':
these CDs just make me wanna dance 'n move to the groove! Once again, some were already
mentioned, but they bear repeating for this calling too. Music is so deeply infinite in its power to heal,
and the effects vary depending on the circumstances from moment to moment. These fill my heart
and body with joy and stimulate all of my senses. As it is widely said, music is a universal language,
and these CDs say "get your back up off the wall" and feeeeeel it, in every language!! And if you
can't actually get up and dance, your body will anyway — from the inside. Trust me!
So, get ready to shake your groove thang, folks . . .
MUSIC — THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING:
I've tried to "group" some music into some kind of category or mood for you so far, and I covered quite a bit of my faves in doing so (not in any order of importance or passion). But they are only a hint of what's out there for your enjoyment and healing. So, here's some more of my favorites of all styles and sounds from all over the world that I think you'll dig. In the meantime, I'll just keep adding more as I have the time and inspiration to do so . . .
* Sites for Sore Eyes * The Kitchen Sink ("Alternative" Alternatives) * Library *
* Food for Thought (Words of Wisdom) * Can I Quote You on That? * Pictures Paint 1,000 Words *
* Music, Music, Music!! *
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