Have you ever gotten really into a song? So into it that you don't want to listen to anything else or do anything else while listening?
There are a few songs that still have power to pull me into total mindfulness of their melodies and rhythms, even after decades of listening.
During this stay-at-home stretch, why not share musical memories of power songs from your past?
Here are a couple of ways to do this inside or outside of your quarantine circle:
1. Pick one song to share after a meal or before another shared activity. Play the song and dance or sing along, then share any stories that arise in your memory while listening ... invite your loved ones to do the same. Children might have favorite songs from in-person school days, from time with other caretakers or from online programs they enjoy. Across social distance, share one song each with a listening buddy on a phone or video call.
2. Make a memory-lane playlist to enjoy and share. In person, enjoy it while dancing, singing along, coloring, or doing any other creative or repetitive task -- even chores. Share the playlist with a listening buddy digitally ... ask them to send you their own play list. Swap stories after listening.
What song do you remember as a power song for you? Comment and let me know :-)
For more prompts and games, check out my music studio book Piano without Tears, which you can buy here in hard copy. If you would like to read a PDF instead, click here for the download as my gift to you.
Elisabeth C. Swim
Playful Mindful Music Guide