Music makes the world go round.
It helps us to relax. It brings us joy. It helps to get us through tough times.
Music is an important element in religious services, weddings, funerals, social gatherings and moments of solitude.
And it will help us get through these particularly difficult times.
Listen to your old records and tapes
Many of us are spending time at home cleaning out the attic, cellar, computers and file cabinets, and our out-of-control collections of clothes, books, souvenirs, records and tapes.
My CDs have been gathering dust in a cabinet behind my TV for years. I’ve dusted them off, categorized them (country, jazz, classical, pop, Cajun, etc.) and played a few of them every day.
I envy friends who wisely kept their old record albums and turntables. Somehow the old “Best of …” and original Broadway score albums sound great, even with a few scratches.
I know people who still have 8-track and cassettes that still work.
My Verizon package has Music Choice, 24 hours of continuous music in categories ranging from “Songs for Children” to “Rap.” My favorites are “Jazz” and “Classical,” which I can enjoy while reading or doing a variety of things.
Country, both classic and current; hits of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, opera, bluegrass and soundscapes are accompanied by facts about the artists and beautiful photos.
They are found on my TV in the 800s.
On my computer
A friend turned me on to the ultimate musical entertainment and history resource – the Blandensburg High School Class of 1959 Video Jukebox, which can be found at 1959bhsmustangs.com.
The site is a complete collection of oldies-but-goodies music, going back to the ’30s and including – by artist, category and year – just about every song ever recorded.
The playlist also includes hundreds of videos of the original artists, like my favorite, The 5 Satins singing “In the Still of the Night.” Everything from Aerosmith to Richie Valens is there for your enjoyment.
While your kids are listening to “their” music on their earphones, turn on to yours and bring back the good old days.