Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Music as motivation.

Alright, I thought of another reason why summer is my favorite... Getting the kids ready to go out is as simple as opening the door and telling them to climb in the stroller in whatever they already have on. Honestly, you know how we roll.

Yes, every winter outing means at least a 45 minute wrestling match as the layers go. Until today I haven't been able to face it this January (besides the obligatory, church-wrestle). What go me motivated? Music. I listen to new music with closed eyes and an open mind, waiting for it to reach me (or not, depending on the song and my mood). Sometimes a well-timed tune sends my imagination into scenes of potential, family togetherness, injecting my veins with a desire strong enough to overcome even the most powerful mope.

Voila!

There's something magical about the moment they're all strapped in. On goes the radio. We can do anything.

I find it fascinating that there are so many different types of music, and that people have such varied taste in it. In truth, I never quite know if anyone else will hear what I hear and feel what I feel. The catty phrase "what does he see in her?" comes to mind. Taste in music is like our attraction to a lover, not easily explained.

That said, I'll share the song that spoke to me this morning, saying in nasally tones, "go, be free, and don't worry so much."

Song: The Gardener by The Tallest Man on Earth

What songs speak motivation to you? Bringing you out of your anxiety and blues? Mope melting?

In the past relied on catchy hits like "hey soul sister."

Or "wakka wakka."

Or sometimes more mellow chants like "Darkness Between The Fireflies."

Or "Homesick."

Maybe it's just me, but sometimes inspiring music is the only thing keeping my house clean, my responsibilities fulfilled, my kids paid-attention-to, and my self sane. I can't help but feeling that those songs are gifts from a gracious Father who is in all that is good and virtuous.

May gladness reach you, through your ears, eyes, or whichever way.

10 comments:

Gabe and Christina said...

So cute! I loved the video!

Team Cowan said...

Be Calm by Fun (or anything by them for that matter)
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qMXBUjm8tM)

Everybody's Talkin' by Harry Neilson
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AzEY6ZqkuE)
(how awesome is he in that video?)

I Feel It All by Feist
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-iAS18rv68)

Viva La Vida by Coldplay
(I already know you know that one.)

Trina said...

My kids were sitting on the couch next to me and immediately started a dance party when the video started playing. They like that song too, I guess. :)

Kathy said...

I love your hat...where did you get it?

Megan Marie said...

Team Cowen! LOVED your suggestions. I had never heard of "fun" and now I'm just loving their stuff! Thank you, thank you!

Kathy, thanks for the sweet compliment! Cool hats= I don't have to do my hair. The hat is actually just a standard beret but I pulled it down around my head and put a headband that I made around the bottom edge.:)

Miriam said...

Oh i loved this! The moment in the video when Iggy was trying to climb that muddy little ledge just melted me. SO darling! And thanks for some new music suggestions too ♡

Adrienne said...

Hey Megan!

cute post! I enjoyed the video!

Here is a band I am really loving right now, they are called He is We.
On the website below, you can listen to all the songs on their album (my favorites are "Everything You Do" & "And Run," but they are all great)

http://www.purevolume.com/new/HEISWE

I love how you added some flair to your beret! I may have to try that out with my red beret :)

Have a great day :)

Adrienne

teamBoo said...

I have respect for all the shots you set up... with three boys in tow! Nice job :) i need to take my boys out more....

Scott and Stacia said...

I love the picture of the boys in the car. Thankfully we live in California...my boys want their coats off every time you put them in their carseats....then we freeze when we are trying to get them back in their jackets. Love the little video, favorite part how you all walked down the path to end the video :) You are so creative!!

I also have not heard of FUN and I like them too.

The Heathen Caboose said...

I LOVE the car picture. My goodness. Those crazy, wonderful boys. There is a little boy here that reminds me so much of Liam. I almost cry every time I see him. Give your little boys big big hugs for me. And your self too of course. I miss you all very much. and love you too! :)