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February 15, 2013

‘If music is the food of love, play on’

NORMAN — Whether we realize it or not, music permeates our lives. Wherever we go we are surrounded by piped in music or background music of some sort — be it a mall, a store, an elevator or in the car next to yours thumping out the music until your chest hurts.

At work, I have the classical radio station playing. It soothes the inner dragon.

Imagine what a movie would be like without the soft melody for a moment of contemplation or the crescendo of music in a battle scene or love scene. Without the music to sweep you forward, you would actually have to pay more attention to what is happening and what is being said.

Some people simply cannot stand the sound of silence. They need background music of some kind, whether they are at home or in there cars. While others feel that music enhances the moment.

For example, any task will go smoother and be less of a chore with music. You can dance and hum your way through mind-numbing copying at work or dusting and moping at home. Whatever necessary chore you perform will be easier with music.

Put something on that has a good beat and give yourself over to total uninhibited fun that will leave a smile on your face, at least until someone catches you shimmying and whistling while you work.

The owner of our company caught me singing and dancing while I copied documents. He greeted me and I came to an apologetic and screeching halt. “I’m sorry. I just felt like singing.”

“Singing is good,” he said with a smile and walked away.

Bet he doesn’t come across that too often.

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, a local radio station compiled a list of “the greatest love songs of all time.” But love songs tend to be very personal. They make your heart sing and can create warm to toasty moments.

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