Yesterday, I attended a music therapy class at my job, my second one. My first one was two weeks ago. It was quite interesting. The class basically focuses on using the power of music to soothe the strenuous stress in our lives everyday (and believe me, I have tons of it to spare!).
Last class, we talked about building a playlist of music that we can listen to and use for when we are feeling either a little stress, a fair amount of stress and tremendous amounts of stress. I’ve been building music playlists for years, especially after discovering and receiving my first mp3 player. I’ve made numerous changes over the years but have kept it roughly the same. And let me tell you, it has helped me so much over the years, especially during the dreaded summer months of the past 7 years.
Anyway, yesterday’s class took a different route and our teacher, our certified music therapist (yes, it is a qualified profession!), talked about using music in such a way that it can take us to another place in our minds; a quiet, happy place. And we did such a thing last night, as she played some soft, easy listening type of music for about 20 minutes. We were asked to close our eyes and envision that particular place in our minds. It could be an actual place that we see or a place made up from our imagination. And then, she took it a step further and had us draw our place! She gave us a sheet of paper with a circle on it and had crayons for us to draw and color what we envisioned. Sounds a little like preschool or kindergarten, doesn’t it? But trust me, it was really helpful. And here’s what I came up with.
A rather crude drawing from memory, done in crayon. A far cry from my more refined postcards, but nonetheless, quite effective.
I drew the view that I see from my patio outside of our apartment. It is one of my favorite places that I go to (both physically and mentally sometimes). My main focus are the three antenna (probably distant cell phone towers) that I see, way off in the distance. It’s cool because during the day, I can just see the top of the one on the far right side and it flashes a bright beacon light that can be seen in broad daylight. But once it starts getting dark, the bright light is replaced with a more slowly flashing red light that is often seen on tall towers to help low flying aircraft see and dodge them.
I really love this view and have ever since we moved into our apartment. It is my “go to” place when I need to think and work things out. And of course, being one who loves music, I often “play” a song in my head while I’m staring out into deep space. And believe it or not, the song I think of when I see this place is not classical. I know, a miracle, right?! Yes, I admit that I do have a few songs in my playlist that are not classical pieces at all, though would still be considered “old” by today’s standards. And this is one of them: Dreamin’ by Vanessa Williams. I was probably in kindergarten when this song first came out back in 1988, but it’s been one of my favorites and I always listened to it when it played on the radio. If you click on the link and watch the video, notice how it begins. I love the camera shot out of the window and how it transitions from day to night as it zooms in, which is probably why I think of this song when I go to my “favorite place”. I love high rise distant views!
So it was a pretty sweet deal; drawing our favorite go to places in our class. 🙂 I look forward to the next one because our teacher said that she’s going to have us write out basic songs! I’m so there! Who knew that school could be this much fun?