Music: hear it everywhere

I don’t know about you but I love music. From the fast rhythm’s before I go out on a social night out with my friends, to the slower songs on my iPod whenever I don’t feel 100%, music is always there. Let me share with you, why I love music so much:

Music is universal

I am sure it is safe to say that music is literally everywhere. From North America to Europe, Asia to the Middle East, and Australia to Iceland, music is bound to be playing on someone’s MP3 player, right now, at this very moment in time! Does this mean that music is universal? Yes!

Why slow songs?

I don’t know about you but slow songs help me whenever I am not feeling totally happy. Hearing slow music lets me know that I am not the only person who is not feeling 100 per cent. It’s comforting, soothing and makes me feel good at that moment in time.

Why fast songs?

Fast songs make me feel like I can do many, many things. From running for a few miles, fast music makes me happy, the beats let me know that I can express my happiness. Sometimes fast songs allow me to feel 100 per cent. That is, I can feel totally happy with fast tracks, and they allow me to truly feel happy, in that moment in time.

Lyrics and language

I don’t have the fantastic gift of another language, but I am sure that those of you who are multilingual will agree that the words used in songs in your native language are very powerful?! Some encourage you to think about something differently, while others simply confirm your thinking, on something really close to you.

  • Do you have a favourite song?
  • Do you use a lyrical phrase in your everyday life? What is it, share it.

Thanks for allowing me to post about music, I love music, it loves me, we love each other. It seems that no matter what life throws at me, music and I get on, very, very well. So thanks to those who make it, produce it, and give it to each other as a gift.

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The art of conversation

A conversation does not always have a refined, structured pattern, yet some of our conversations are better than others. Why?

Conversation is an art

Some people have a brilliant gift: people can easily start a conversation with (pretty much) anyone. At times they are able to obtain more information on a person’s viewpoint, or they can easily approach a topic which is often considered taboo. For example, a counsellor who specializes in trauma may be able to ask a person something that might otherwise be deemed inappropriate, or, well, a scary topic to approach in the first instance! But does this example already reveal something about speech, talking and conversations? Perhaps it does, let’s explore it.

Conversation is everywhere

A conversation is a communication method, so everyone can communicate. Take a paralysed person, for example, who communicates with their eyes rather than speaking flatulently with words. Although they are not making words with their mouth, they are still communicating by having a conversation with another person through vision.

What about…

animals? Those whistles we hear in the morning, whenever we wake up, are birds communicating with one another. Are they discussing where the food is? Does it matter? Not really, so long as it makes sense to them, and so long as it doesn’t harm others, then a conversation should be embraced more often.

Name the conversation

I am not suggesting that I am an expert in talking, or that a conversation should have certain elements within it, but I am suggesting (from my personal opinion) that a conversation should have a certain element of structure in order to be a memorable, useful, or even a funny conversation.

So personalise a conversation if you can. This is literally saying a persons name within a sentence.

Jack, how are you today?

That is much better than saying “how are you today?” Isn’t it? Personalise common phrases:

  • if it’s the morning, say good morning in your sentence – use your gift of speech.
  • if you don’t know a persons name, say pal, or buddy – use your instinct of what feels right. Remember your gut feeling?

Personalised conversations could also help to imply that you really mean what you have said. It also shows a little thought, on your part, the conversationalist. Our gift of language is too beautiful to forget.

Social media

Who said social media (Facebook, Twitter etc) are killing conversations? We have words, we know them, we can use them, we are using them. Conversation’s are simply brilliant, so go, make somebodies day – have a conversation with them!

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Languages

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Languages as we all know it

Everyday, everywhere there are so many people getting on with their lives in their own language. When was the last time you actually thought about your language, and use of it?

Having the ability to talk (in whatever language) gives us human beings strength, power and beauty. Take the example of a person trying to brignten up someone else’s day, their sentence can lift a persons mood. Take another example of a young child, just finding their voice, they can echo one word “dad” and make another human being run from one end of the room to the other end.

The power of language

By having a discussion with other people in our own native language, we can communicate with one another on varying scales. One spoken sentence could:

  • allow another person to see your point of view
  • allow another person to share their story
  • alter the whole mood of a conversation
  • wrap up a conversation by summarising the points, and agreeing to disagree.

The most amazing thing about language is that people do not have to complete surgery on one another to share an idea into another’s head and mind.

Mood and language

I am sure that someone has used their language to complete a fascinating piece of research on the relationship between language and ones own mood. Even if this hasn’t been done, I really do feel there is a connection. For example, the universal language of music transmits different sounds allowing us to feel better, more relaxed, or, just feeling the way we were before, simply by listening to sound in a certain language!

So many languages

A few days ago, I read an article and watched a fantastic video about a 20 year old man who can speak 11 different languages. Thinking to myself, how lucky and privileged it must be to speak another (single) language, let alone eleven. Perhaps, I’ll get a disc over the summer to enhance my basic French.

So what’s the point of this?

Our language gives us a means to communicate with one another. Yet our language is sometimes not even used. So whatever your language is, use it. It really could make someone’s day to say hello.

Hello in different languages

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