The last week has been filled with stunning highs and unspeakable lows. My mind feels like it’s filled with a thousand bees that won’t stop buzzing.
One thing that has been a saving grace this week is the mix CD that I’ve got in my car. It’s the CD I made after writing “The Miracle of the Mix Tape” back in April. It’s got most of the songs that I mentioned in that list, plus a bunch of others that I thought of later.
There’s something on there for every mood, and I’ve learned the track numbers to hit depending on what I need in the moment. I almost always start with Track 6 – Bubbly by Colbie Caillat. Then, if I need to laugh I head for “Lime in the Coconut” and “The Pina Colada Song”. If I need to push through something, I go to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (oh god, I know…who ever thought I’d be using Eminem??) If I’m in a really melancholy mood I go for Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and Billy Joel. If I need a reminder that God really is watching over and loving all of us, I put Bobby McFerrin’s “23rd Psalm” on repeat. I’ve been listening to the Romeo & Juliet track a lot because it somehow reconciles love and violence in a way that makes it possible for me to move through the day.
I’m grateful to myself for putting this CD together a couple months ago. It has helped me to stay calm and centered during car rides when my mind might have otherwise had too much time with too little to do.
Music has so much power. I am so grateful.