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The above title is an often misquoted line from the pen of British playwright William Congreve, in his five-act tragedy, The Mourning Bride, written, produced and published in 1697. A variant of this title is sometimes given, “Music tames the wild beast.” Whichever version is used, there is much merit in the words attributed to Mr. Congreve.

I often use song lines or lyrics to try to make a point, give advice, or help others trying to figure something out or solve a problem. I like music very much. I like a lot of musical genres, and some don’t interest me at all. Music, it took me a while to really listen to it more than I had before, and many times I found that I liked it. I wasn’t really into classical music until my daughter Chasity took an interest in the violin and joined the orchestra in middle school and high school. She also played with JOY, the Jamestown Orchestra of Youth, so I heard a lot of classical music while she was in those bands. I’m not sure I really liked him before he got involved, I just didn’t listen to him much, but after Chas started playing and training so much at home, I started listening to him a lot. ‘to like. Many times the bands she played with performed a particular piece that to this day, every time I hear a version of it, bridges the 629.5 mile distance from Chasy’s home in the Tennessee and our home in Jamestown. Every time it’s played, no matter how many times, even in a recent Amazon ad, I still get goosebumps, sometimes a tear in my eye, thinking how proud I was, and I am, from my eldest. Hearing the Pachelbel Canon always reminds me so much of her, and for the few minutes it plays she sits right next to me no matter how miles apart we are.

I love a lot of genres in the music world now, going back to the styles and songs of Sinatra, Martin, Davis, Jr, Big Bands, Rock and Roll, Soft Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, from Country and Western, whatever genre of music Jimmy Buffett fits into, vocal and instrumental movie soundtracks, bands and orchestras, Jazz, Broadway and Movie Show Tunes, even some select Hip-Hop offerings. I can’t say the same about the kind of music at halftime at the last NFL Super Bowl. I haven’t been able to get into this style of music, although many artists are very talented in the way they interpret it. I’ve listened to it enough though, to know I don’t really care, but that’s okay.

I use lyrics from a lot of music in a lot of situations that I find myself in, and have been in, throughout my life. There have been, and still are, songs that are simply soothing and can sometimes be listened to just to calm us down at hectic times in our day. Sometimes music just allows us to escape from things that may make us angry or frustrated, but if we listen carefully to some of the words of the songs we sing along to, we may find guidance or a way forward that could help us, or that we can add to our own personal philosophy.

I have used songs and lyrics in my classrooms throughout my career to help students think, cope, understand, motivate and feel as they come to terms with things in their life. I’ve done the same with many teams I’ve coached, sometimes taking lyrics here and there, typing them out and adding them to the “Food for Thought” part of the playbooks I used about halfway through the end of my coaching tenure.

As many regular readers of Voice from the Bullpen can attest, I often use song snippets, sometimes full song lyrics to maybe motivate, get readers thinking, maybe give us a way to cope to something, or even bring back a memory that can make us smile and allow us to mentally spend time with someone in that memory just a little once again.

And there are times when we can use the music just to drown out the rest of the world, when we just need to be alone. That’s when we can crank up the volume, just listen, or maybe even join the artist, mentally putting ourselves on a stage somewhere away from what might bother us in the real world at some point. given.

“Music has charms to soothe the wild chest.” “Music tames the wild beast.” Music is peace, medicine, therapy, religion. It’s soft, soothing, loving. Music is an escape. Music is a lifeline, and lyrics often add to the plan of our lives.

So take the time to close your eyes, hear the music and listen carefully to the lyrics. It will be time very well spent.



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