38 and 37: Music and Dance

Music & Dance

Welcome back.  This is Jasey Jasem and our countdown continues in our Top 42 Words to a Better You with…

#38 Music:

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
Do you find yourself putting on some tunes at certain times? I find myself listening to music all of the time.  I love everything from Neil Diamond  to Metallica to movie soundtracks.  Music can be extremely powerful in so many different ways.  It has the ability to motivate, inspire, soothe, captivate, free, and stimulate.  Following are a few of the positive ways that I incorporate music into my own personal life.
  • Comfort – There are times that we all need comfort in life.  For me, I turn to Neil Diamond.  His music always brings me back to a time when I needed some comfort from an unknown world.  I would turn on Neil and listen to his poetic words and would ease my mind and encourage me to continue on.
  • Creativity – When I get a creative block, one of the things I do is to crank up some movie soundtrack music.  Whether it be the sounds of Danny Elfman or Hans Zimmer, something inside my brain unlocks and inspires me for the project I am working on.
  • Connectivity – Do you find yourself in need of connecting with your kids?  I cannot express in this one post the amazing amount of connectivity music has brought into my life with my son.  Everything from listening to music to making up our own silly songs has opened up great expression and communication between us.

#37 Dance:

 “Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.”- George Carlin

Imagine being trapped in a block of solid ice, sitting there, frozen, unable to move. There is nothing better than changing your mood from one of lethargy or boredom than getting up and shaking your booty.  The mere act of getting up on your feet and “gettin’ jiggy wit it” gets the blood flowing and allows your inner freedom to come out.

Dancing was a great way for me to get through those early fatherhood days and sleepless nights when my newborn
would be up at all hours and our schedules were crazy.  We would turn on some music and dance around the room holding our son and enjoy the moment rather than sitting there complaining that “we can’t sleep”.  It made for a fun time for all of us.  It was an instant mood changer.
How do you incorporate music and dance  into your life?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Feel free to comment below.  Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog to keep updated when I post.  See the side bar on the right.