Friday, 12 February 2021

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

 I have written before about the healing power of music and dance, but now as we start looking like a lockdown will be heading our way, I will say it all again. It is the easiest and quickest working self care.

On Thursday I woke elated just at the thought of seeing a band and dancing (albeit stuck firmly in our chairs (engage those abs and you can still get quite physical!) and the prospect of buying tickets to Hayden James and attending our first pod festival....will be weird but I'll take what I can get. And the up side is young people won't be able to be mean to us because we'll be cocooned in the safety of our private old lady pod! So there are upsides to everything...

Last night we went to dinner at Flying Fish and their playlist was all my guys - Kygo, Sam Feldt, Hayden James to name a few. I kept saying to my husband "OMG, I love this song too!" excitedly. He at one point replied "It really is like your playlist." It was already a very happy occasion but it was the icing on the cake, like I had some shared camaraderie with a stranger, whoever made those musical choices.

For now we can't get the full benefits of shared musical experiences, but make the most of what you can. Sing in the shower or car, dance while you clean, do whatever you can to lift your spirits. It can make an enormous difference.

What are you listening to now?

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” – Edward Elgar

Shout out to the Soda Factory for Jukebox Thursdays. Was a great night!

Linking with #MondayMusicMovesMe because the song linked makes me feel like I'm on a summer holiday - somewhere warm and sunny...


  1. I live in England so we've been locked down for a while now, I absolutely cannot wait to hear some live music again!

    Katrina x

  2. We are still on lockdown here in the UK I can't wait to do things like this even if it is a bit different now Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  3. Are you in Melbourne, Lydia? If so then you'd be in lockdown now for 5 days. Fingers crossed that it doesn't get extended. I'm totally with you on the healing power of music. Watching live music is one of my most favourite things, and listening to music can totally alter my mood for the better!

    1. I'm in NSW but I have a sneaking feeling it won't be long until we have a sequel of what happened at xmas...

  4. Good advice Lydia. It's just too easy to switch on the TV but finding good music on the radio or listening TV takes some determination. So gald you enjoyed your "rave".

  5. I love what your husband said and can sense your great excitement about being back. Grandson, aka Firelite is glad to be back DJing at gigs even though patrons have to sit, he is stoked to be live again! Thank you so much for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week, the optional prompt is
    8/51 Explore. 22 Feb. I hope to see you there and I wish you well for the week ahead. Denyse. #lifethisweek #linkup #Mondays

  6. I'm not a huge live music person - you and Sanch make me feel ashamed - but I do like music and dancing. I just don't do enough / any of either. I never listen to music at home but when music comes on that I enjoy I'm absolutely delighted. At my exercise class today our instructor used some late 70s / early 80s mix and I LOVED it. So many memories!!!!

  7. I can't wait to enjoy some loud live music as soon as our lockdown eases here in the UK xx #KCACOLS

  8. How wonderfully to have your taste in music playing over dinner. Sounds fantastic! I can't wait to see live music again. I was supposed to be seeing Bowling for Soup this year but it's been postponed until 2022 sadly. #KCACOLS

  9. Music does something for us that mere words cannot.

  10. Nothing live for ages, but Spotify to the rescue!

  11. I miss live music so much but hoping to start going back gradually!

  12. I'm not much for concerts but I love to listen to music all day long and generally I do. I'm with you music and dancing is therapeutic on so many levels. Thanks for joining the party, my friend. You're invited anytime to dance with us. ;) Have a boogietastic week!

  13. Music soothes the soul.

    Have a fabulous week. ♥

  14. I enjoy going to outdoor concerts with local bands, and we have several such events each summer that my husband and I go to. One will be next week and I'm excited. I enjoyed your song, which was new to me. Thank you for joining us this week! Alana

  15. Dear Lydia,

    Yes, I am a firm believer in the quote - "If music be the food for love, play on."

    I love concerts and can't wait to go for one. Happy to know you will be watching Hayden James play. Our last concer was just before the pandemic arrived, in December 2019; watching U2 perform. Bono was mind-blowing!
    I loved the song you shared. Hearing it for the first time and love the foot tapping rhythm. Thank you for sharing.