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“Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits.” Rabindranath Tagore

Music: Ten Favorites For The Road… Music opens our hearts…

My Favorite ThingsJohn Coltrane

Amazing Grace – Cecilia

Fela KutiShakara

‘Round Midnight – Thelonius Monk

Music brings people together and helps us find common ground during special and difficult times… When I am feeling run down, rejuvenated, reflective, I turn to music to refresh my mind, to relax and tune inside for answers.  This post is in response to the Daily Post suggestion that we find ten favorite songs to share… Some are old and others and in between but what they all share is a timelessness…

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Music: Ten Favorites For The Road… Portrait of John Coltrane by P. Steffan

Love Supreme – John Coltrane

Water No Get Enemy – Fela Kuti 

Bob Marley – WAR

War live – Bob Marley

When I listen to music, I find myself revisiting places that hold good memories and sometimes places that bring back an evocative feeling of peace and joy. We can’t fail with music as everyone has favorites and can choose new songs to add to any list.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen

Music: Ten Favorites For The Road… Saint Cecelia – PatronSaint of Musicians…

The Sweetest Taboo SadeAdu/Sade

Fire on the Mountain – Asa 

There are times when words can’t express what we are feeling or words are insufficient for what we are experiencing; that is when music offers its best insights and even answers. I find at times like that, it is best to turn to the sounds that we love; jazz, classical, R &B, spirituals and many others and listen to them without interruptions…

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.” Albert Einstein

Music: Ten Favorites For The Road… Behind the Music…

I like the quote from Albert Einstein, especially about seeing life through music… Also I find that I love all kinds of music; including songs written in other languages… The language of music is so universal that we can enjoy songs from other cultures and traditions and not feel limited by barriers of any sort. Music transcends everything and the beauty of a song carries us to ancient and restful places regardless of the language of the song… I find that quite remarkable.

“Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.” Samuel Butler

Music: Ten Favorites For The Road… Musical notes…

Every Rose Has Its ThornPoison

I’ve always loved this song by the rock group Poison; even though the video is so, so. The song was one of many I listened to in the heady 1980s, and I have added it here to share with you because every time I hear it on the radio or elsewhere, it puts a smile on my face…and that is what makes music so satisfying, isn’t it? What are your thoughts? What favorite song would you add to the list? Do you have any stories to go with your songs? Do share! Thank you. 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Write a top ten list of your favorite songs.

Positive Motivation Tip: Music will always soothe those hurting and happy places… find your rhythm and enjoy!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos neon music sign, Paolo Steffan, Portrait of John Coltrane, St Cecelia, Patron Saint of Musicians, Behind the music, Jpg, via Wikipedia…

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

42 Comments leave one →
  1. 19/09/2011 1:18 am

    Well as you know Liz, music plays a large part in my life. It is a constant companion to my everyday activities. I am really impressed with your inclusion of the works of Coltrane and Monk, especially My Favorite Things. ( Please note the fantastic piano playing by McCoy Tyner). And we cannot forget that other great musician Miles Davis, who is my favorite jazz musician.
    Music heals the body and the mind like no other instrument. It, like art, has its own impulse that resonates with our soul.
    Thanks for sharing this post. I will be returning to my 30 Day Song Challenge in just a bit.

    • 19/09/2011 1:31 am

      TY Walter for your comments and mention of Tyner and Davis… they were equally gifted musicians… 🙂 Glad to read that you will continue your 30 day music challenge. I will read and share. TY! 🙂

  2. 19/09/2011 6:55 am

    TY you for choosing a MUSIC topic …

    • 22/09/2011 5:57 am

      Any day… I do love music and listen to it daily. TY! 🙂

  3. 19/09/2011 6:59 am

    am I allowed to add one?
    featuring Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Dixie Hummingbirds etc.
    amusing scene, as Stevie made a failure at 1:41,
    stopped the whole steamy music machine – to start again the locomotive …

    • 22/09/2011 5:59 am

      Stevie Wonder is an amazing and talented artist… I love some of his music not all… TY! 🙂

  4. 19/09/2011 8:47 am

    Who would want to live without music? Time to put a CD on right now.

    • 22/09/2011 6:01 am

      Great question… I’m yet to meet anyone who claims to hate all kinds of music… I love it. 🙂

  5. 19/09/2011 8:59 am

    I didn’t know any of them.Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • 22/09/2011 6:02 am

      TY too! I’m glad you found some new artists to listen to when you have the chance. 🙂

  6. 19/09/2011 9:30 am

    You’ve got my favorites — can’t live without music. A few years ago, I noticed that when I wake up, there’s a song in my head. Thanks for sharing some of your favorites.

    • 22/09/2011 6:04 am

      Hi Marcia, Glad to had added some of your favs… I have a longer list but needed to stay within the range WP Daily Post offered. TY! 🙂

  7. 19/09/2011 10:20 am

    Nice list there. I’ve always loved Sade and John Coltrane. I dn’t really know the others, but aways like t be introduced to new music

    • 22/09/2011 6:05 am

      Yes, I love the two you mentioned and the others … what I love about the music scene is that it is always changing. TY! 🙂

  8. 19/09/2011 7:59 am

    thank you,Eliz, for inspiring me to write on music.

  9. 19/09/2011 11:00 am

    I really liked Asa’s Fire on the Mountain. It was soothing this morning. Thanks for sharing the music.

    • 22/09/2011 6:07 am

      Great! I used to listen to it a lot when it came out… Enjoy! 🙂

  10. 19/09/2011 1:45 pm

    I just did a post with 3 more of my faves ~ Year of the Cat, Holding Back the Years, and Watching the Wheels. 😀

    Music rocks!

    • 22/09/2011 6:08 am

      I love Holding Back the Years… one of my favs… I will link up next time I log in TY! 🙂

  11. 19/09/2011 4:04 pm

    Music is most definitely tied to emotion for me. Thank you for sharing Elizabeth! This was a fun post! 🙂

    • 22/09/2011 6:11 am

      TY Karen, I have found comfort in many a sang,… It heels me relax. :p

  12. 19/09/2011 7:55 pm

    Music is magical, as words flow with balancing my thoughts. So many times, I can be deliberating on a thought, and hearing a song with the right words-brings it all together. Great post ! enjoyed !

    • 22/09/2011 6:13 am

      I totally get what you are sharing, as songs do help shift our mood and pop into our heads randomly. TY! 🙂

  13. 20/09/2011 12:45 am

    I love that song by Poison and Sade is awesome, of course! Her songs are so relaxing and beautiful. 🙂

    • 22/09/2011 6:25 am

      She is as beautiful as she is amazing! I could listen to her all day long. TY! 🙂

  14. 19/09/2011 11:21 pm

    I love music, especially classic like Handel, Bach and Mozart 🙂
    But I love Amazing Grace.
    I just played it from your post!
    Thank you Eliz

    • 22/09/2011 6:22 am

      Yes,it is a great song and Cecilia is from Norway… she has a magical voice. TY 🙂

    • 22/09/2011 6:28 am

      TY Julia… that version is so powerful and not easy to get anymore… The whales are terrific in the Amazing Grace song too. TY! 🙂

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    20/09/2011 10:52 am

    Great list of songs and I love those jazz greats; masterpieces all. Cecelia’s Amazing Grace is incomparable; her voice and the song so other wordly.

    • 22/09/2011 6:27 am

      Yes to everything you said… the jazz greats made some fantastic music that we still listen to … TY! 🙂

  16. 20/09/2011 9:32 pm

    Now this is a list that can just “take me away.” Coltrane is a god.

    • 22/09/2011 6:24 am

      Coltrane is simply out of this world as a brilliant jazz musician. TY! 🙂

  17. 22/09/2011 6:23 am

    Sade is truly wonderful… TY! 🙂

  18. 19/10/2011 6:58 pm

    You got Sade on your list. That’s a great artist. When I was a baby, my mom played “Smooth Operator” and I would rock to sleep. When I was around 10, my mom played the CD all the time, and that was my favorite song to sing along to. Some of her other songs that were very dark and soulful made me think of when my brother was born and we were at the hospital.

    • 18/01/2012 12:05 am

      I love Sade’s music too and played it a lot… I even had Smooth Operator on my answering machine… years ago! TY for your comment… just saw it. 🙂


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