Aside from just pushing through artist’s block, music has always been useful to getting me back into the groove. I grew up with a father who loved Louie Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Band.
As a child, I would sit and not just listen to those LPs but comb through the stacks of vinyl and their jackets, mesmerized with a world I did not know, yet longed to. Listening to the lyrics and imagining what those singing were feeling.
One of my favorite memories is listening to my dad reminisce about the time he snuck into a Louie Armstrong concert and watched the whole performance from backstage left. His eyes would light up and he would grin as if he was the cat that ate the canary. I’m not sure if he was looking favorably back on his ingenuity, ornerinous, or the sounds of Satchmo. Since I am my father’s daughter, I would suspect it was all the above.
Today, I still use my dad’s music but I’ve added a whole list of new artists to help get me back into the groove and sooth my soul. And today, it’s not a stack of smelly, worn out albums but a playlist a mile long. And today, it’s not a tv/stereo console combo; it’s an IPOD. Fortunately and unfortunately.
If you’re interested in some of the music I use for a little inspiration, you can stream it here: