Music Reflection Mondays #4

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays! Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend.  My weekend was pretty busy but I had good music to help me through it. 🙂

Good music is a very good distraction.  Isn’t it funny how music in public places if chosen well could help us pass the time without much fuss because we’re enjoying the music so much.  I’m definitely one of those customers if the music is right I’ll patiently wait my turn.

Some establishments that do provide music as a form of entertainment include: restaurants, some financial institutions, clothing stores, shoe stores, hair salons, barber shops, supermarkets just to name a few.

These businesses recognise the benefits of having music as a form of entertainment in their businesses for their customers. Some play audio only while others provide the visual experience by showing music videos.  This helps to entertain customers while they shop, are being served or waiting to be served.  Good music can get you in a good mood. 🙂

A poor choice of music on the other hand, could make a bad situation worse as irate customers can become even more irritated, frustrated and impatient.   Coming from a customer service background and speaking as a customer myself – even the music that we listen to while on hold could affect our mood while we wait.

Music can help us lighten up and relax or it can help bring out the worse in us sometimes based on the type of day we’re having.  Every individual’s musical preference is different and businesses cannot plan or please everyone all the time but they can try to select music that is mixed so that there is a variety and not just one style of music constantly.

As a customer although it’s nice to have such considerations in place, the best thing we can do to keep our peace of mind while we wait is to create a playlist of our favourite songs to have on the go so we’re not solely dependent on the business to help us pass the time.

Have you ever been in an establishment that played music which made your wait a little easier?  Do you agree that music can affect your mood while you wait to conduct business?   Do you like listening to music while you wait to be served?

Feel free to leave you answers below.  Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Music Reflection Mondays #3

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  I hope everyone had a great day. I’m sorry that this is posting so late but that’s life sometimes we just have to roll with it.  This week I’m going to highlight the artistes and some of their songs that started shaping my love for music at a very early age. I had my dad to thank for that he listened to a lot of music back then.

Now when I look back at my childhood there are certain artistes that stand out because they were the people I would see on the television, hear on the radio, or hear on the cassette player in my father’s car.   There was just something special and unique about each one that drew me to their music.

To this day, they all have a special place in my heart because they take me back to a time in my life when all I had to be was me – Cherylene. 🙂  I remember singing along to their songs and trying to dance along.

Some of these artistes in alphabetical order include: Abba, Kenny Rogers,  Lionel Richie, Madonna, Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner, just to name a few.  Now I’m sure some of you know them.  Do we share any favourites?

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Michael Jackson: You Are Not Alone, Bellie Jean, Beat it, Bad, Thriller, Heal the World, Man in The Mirror, Will You Be There and The Way You Make Me Feel. There are so many others but we just don’t have the time to list them all.  Michael Jackson may his soul rest in peace is one of my all-time favourites.  I love his music.  He is a legend and has been accredited by many of today’s musicians and singers for his influence on their careers.

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Who stands out from your childhood? How did he or she make you feel when you heard their music? Feel free to share in comments below.

So dear friends, enjoy the rhythm, move to the beat, clap your hands, move your feet whatever your body compels you to do.  Music is there for us to enjoy. Past or present it does not matter because all of them have the power to reach you if you let them.

From time to time it’s good to go back to the old days and listen or watch some of the people who’ve paved the way for so many others.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Music Reflection Mondays #2

Monday greetings to you all!  I hope that you all had a good weekend filled with pleasant memories to carry you through this new week.  If not, you better create some. 🙂

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  Today I’m highlighting some  of my favourites that I’ve listened to over the years when I was down or just feeling a little (okay I’ll admit it) really messed up and broken.  The important thing is, I’m much happier now than I was back then when I felt like the world as I knew it was no more.

These songs helped provide clarity in some instances and even gave me the strength to move forward in others. They helped calm my thoughts and just put me in a better place.  🙂

Can you think of any songs that helped you through a difficult time in your life?

I’ve listed them in alphabetical order. Let’s begin.  🙂

  1. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
  2. Alicia Keys – No One
  3. Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
  4. David Guetta featuring Sia – Titanium
  5. Deborah Cox – Nobody Supposed To Be Here
  6. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
  7. Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry
  8. Jennifer Hudson – Spotlight
  9. Justin Timberlake  – Cry Me A River
  10. Kate Perry – Part of Me
  11. Mary J Blige – No More Drama
  12. Monica – For You I Will
  13. Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin
  14. R. Kelly – When A Woman’s Fed Up
  15. Rihanna – Take a Bow
  16. Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World)
  17. Usher – Burn
  18. Usher – Moving Mountains
  19. Whitney Houston – Heartbreak Hotel featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price
  20. Whitney Houston – It’s Not Right But It’s Okay

If you’ve gotten this far, well done. 🙂  It was tough narrowing down this list but I did it.   I must ask, were any of the above on your list of favourites?  If not, do share I would love to know so please feel free to share one or two in comments below.

Music was there when I needed it most and I didn’t even realize it back then.  Today, it is my go to when I’m feeling down.  Before I know it, I’m bobbing my head, tapping my foot and singing along.  My spirit feels lifted and forward I go onto my next challenge. Revived and renewed. 🙂

Thank you Lord for all the artistes out there who’ve touched our lives, hearts and souls through their music. They do more for us than we sometimes realize.  They use their lyrics to vocalise some of the things the rest of us are feeling but are so filled with emotions that we are often rendered speechless.

May they always find the words to help us as we sing along, dance, laugh, cry and love.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Reflection Mondays

Come Travel With Me was a new segment I wanted to introduce to you guys today but I was inspired to do something else.  I call it, Music Reflection Mondays since music was the inspiration for this piece.

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In some of my less than terrific moments in my life there were various singers who through their music helped me cope during some difficult times, gave me clarity, joy, peace of mind even helped me release some of the anger I felt in a healthy way. They made me feel better.

Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia is one of those singers. She was there at a time in my early teenage years when I was very angry and depressed.  Her song Torn touched me in a special way.  I felt as though she had heard me and was singing exactly how I felt. I played and replayed that song over and over until I got what I needed from it.  What did I get?

I eventually realized that I did not want to be “torn” anymore I wanted to be whole and happy. I chose to forgive because it was the only way I could move forward.  It took tremendous courage and strength but I did it.

From my teenage years to present, I can honestly say that the healing power of music to the mind is powerful and should definitely be explored. Of course, I’m just suggesting it as a form of therapy, to relax and unwind and clear your mind.  It is definitely a pick me upper and can be a stress reliever if you choose the right type of music and artiste that appeals to you.

Music Reflection Mondays is not going to be about me bringing my personal preferences to you but rather about us sharing with each other – music and artistes that we love.  I am open to discovering someone new.  Are you? 🙂

There are so many to choose from.  We should never limit ourselves to just one thing. It hinders our growth and limits our learning.  My taste in music is wide from different periods both past and present. I’ve found that variety is good and it works for me.

Music preferences vary and that’s cool that we all have different taste. Thankfully, because of that we get amazing artistes creating music and songs that will be forever etched in our minds and hearts.

I think that no matter our preferences we all can agree that music has the power to provoke feelings and emotions some good and some bad.   How we choose to use this often overlooked medium can make a big difference in how we feel, heal and cope with various things in our lives.

John Legend

John Legend is amazing!  Let’s just say, that when he came out with his music it was perfect timing for all I was dealing with in my life. He has been there for me both in the good and bad times.   I had his CD in my car for months just playing it over and over. The kids even learned a few songs. 🙂 I have more than one favourite when it comes to him but some that stand out are All of me, Stay with You, Used to Love You, Love Me Now and When It’s Cold Outside.  Do you have any favourites from him?

From oldies to present day the appeal of music remains.   There are some singers and bands that have songs that still make you tear up, dance your socks off when you hear it or just take you back to a different time in your life almost like a time machine. Do you agree?

Do you have a singer, musician or band that provided you with comfort when you needed it most?  Please share. 🙂

Who are your three all-time favourites singers or groups?

I look forward to seeing some of your favourites below.  Have a great week. See you guys next week as we continue Music Reflection Mondays.

Hope you enjoyed it.

 

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