Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ideas and Thoughts on Music for ME

Laura Mvula.  
WHY have I been sleeping under a rock and not listening to her beautiful voice on repeat constantly since her album came out in 2013 one year ago in March??
I heard this lovely lady last week on xpn, a radio station out of Philadelphia that I occasionally listen to.  I heard the song in the above video "Green Garden" and fell in love instantly.  After seeing the video, I fell in love even more.  I wanted to be dancing in the video! And wait, there's more.  Almost every song on her album (Sing to the Moon) is an instant ear pleaser.  I cannot say enough about how much I am enjoying this music.  She brings to mind a sweet blend of soul/jazz/modern indie/and good old fashioned perfectness. Think Nina Simone meets Erykah Badu meets some mysterious extra element that gives this old soul some modernity. A modernity which perhaps may be simply due to the fact that she's only 27 years old!

:::NOW if you've skipped reading my gushing... Here's why I posted this on my MT blog:::
I am constantly playing music for my clients that they prefer.  Music that speaks to them so that they can be motivated and inspired to try and be and do.... And of course this is as it should be.  It's my job to do that.  However, it's important to feed my musical appetite and quell my thirst for music that fills me up.  That's my job too, but I forget to do this. Don't get me wrong, I'm always listening to music that I like and if you're a music therapist, I'll bet you are too.  But listen with intention. Listen completely. Soak it up sometimes. It's a tool for us too.