If you see me on the street, I’ll probably be boppin’ along, earbuds in as I go about my day. Most of the time, music enhances my experience of a moment. There’s nothing like hard rock for an adrenaline-infused run, sultry jazz for early-morning coffee or late-night wine, and heart-wrenching classical for a writing session. I’ve even found a site that features music designed to increase focus and productivity, and it works wonders, let me tell you.
Lately though, I’ve been doing some little experiments, and I’m finding there’s a time and a place, a right way and a wrong way, to get lost in music:
Earbuds in I walk,
in time to the music. Meanwhile,
the pulse of the city beats . . .
in time around me, unnoticed.
So I take them out, my earbuds,
take in rain-soaked streets
saturated in vibrant London energy,
And I listen to the music.
When I listen to this music, my awareness is heightened. Scenes play out around me. Snippets of life emerge: excited conversation, a street performer’s song, a mother laughing as she watches her child playing in the leaves, a stranger’s smile when I catch her eye.
This weekend I’m heading to Amsterdam — my first excursion out of England since arriving! Very much looking forward to it, and I fully intend to wander earbud free. Some new music. Stories and pictures to follow next week.
5 thoughts on “London’s Music”
Have a great time in Amsterdam!
Thanks Vicky! I’m sure I’ll have lots of stories for you for our next excursion 🙂
Good for you for taking out the earbuds and listening. This could be a lesson for those who never look up from their Iphones and see what’s going on around them. Have a great time in Amsterdam!
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Love your poem Rachel! I would be lost without music in my life. I listen constantly to classical while I am at the keyboard. And when I am out on the town, I jam to plenty of rhythmic West Indian ‘vibes’. Care to share which site offers music to enhance focus and productivity? I wonder if they play any Bach,Handel and Mozart!
Enjoy the sounds of Amsterdam. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the melodies of Paris!
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Thank you so much, Gwen! When do you head to Paris? The site is focus@will (https://www.focusatwill.com/), and yes, it includes all the classical masters 🙂