Do you pair music with exercising, driving, or creating? Seeking a new song to play on my iPod while running along Riverside Park, I tried New York State of Mind by Billy Joel. It’s a near match with references to the Hudson River and Riverside and will make a perfect pairing someday when my pace slows down. What perfect pairs have you come up with?
Sometimes music and venues are logical mates: Gamelon +Bali or Buffet + the Islands, but other combinations like Patsy Cline + New Delhi, or Jack Johnson + Borneo are like peanut butter and bananas – meaningless to most people but stuck together for me. You must have some unusual pairs joined by strange events too. Continuing to listen to Joel’s Greatest Hits, I heard Piano Man as I passed the train piers and Big Shot near the boat basin before turning around as Scenes from an Italian Restaurant played. These songs carried me back to childhood summers listening to A.M. radio. Does your life come with a soundtrack? Do you add new songs or do you continue to listen to your favorite 45s?
Songs bring back memories and jog our imagination and many people use music to set a mood and provide inspiration when they create. Music itself can be a compliment to a piece. Dance and film are linked to music but what about cooking or painting? When you play music while creating, did you ever consider linking the particular songs to what you make? Try playing the song during a meal you serve or while displaying a painting to set a mood and help others fully appreciate your intent? Everything is better with the right music.
At the end of my run, my iPod suddenly became silent and dark. Using all the king’s horseman, I was unable to bring it back to life – maybe Mr. Joel was right and the good really do die young.