Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sometime in 2007, I went on a music strike. I just didn't want to hear it anymore. I tuned my radio to talk radio, classical, or silence. There was too much going on in my life and head (brother was sick, I was planning my wedding, and starting my flower business.) To add music on top of that literally made my temples hurt. This was highly unusual for me, a singer, dancer and lover of all musical genres, even cheesy 70's bands like The Carpenters.
Also, right around 2007 is when I noticed how obnoxious music can be. 2007 was the year of annoying music. You know, songs that make your ears hurt when they come on (for example, anything by Akon or *Gwen Stefani.) Songs that make you feel like you have to be a defensive listener- always with one finger on the tuner button.
My music hiatus lasted about 4 years. Once in a while I'd find a cd I could listen to on repeat for a little while (Beck, Pinback, Sufjan Stevens- mellow male voices I guess) but overall, I just needed silence.
For everything there is a season. My music strike is over! Since the baby was born, I have a super intense reaction to good songs- they make me cry instantly! When Sisi was first born, Joe would play opera for her in the mornings as I would quietly sob to myself.
I feel like life has slowed down a bit, and it's actually become a little repetitive (pretty unavoidable when caring for a small infant full time.) Dare I say it, sometimes my brain feels a little empty. I can now fully embrace the stimulation of music. I want Sisi to be raised in a home full of music, singing, and dancing. Now I make it a point to turn on oldies for her every single day. She's even starting to bob her head a little to the beat. It's soooo cute!
Here's a little glimpse of life with a 7 month old. We had breakfast for Joe's bday at the Penguin Cafe in Laguna Beach. Of course, Joe had to play Penguin Cafe Orchestra on my droid while filming. :)
Has anyone ever gone through an anti-music phase or am I crazy?
*I actually love Gwen, just not her solo stuff.