MOOD MUSIC

I’d forgotten how catchy the songs are in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ Music has the ability to lift heavy-laden hearts, bring calm into anxious days, and raise world-weary spirits. In addition, music can inspire, enthuse and reinvigorate as much as a good book or a run along the beach can.

‘Joseph’ gave me the energy to complete a dull task and put a smile on my face with Tim Rice’s clever use of words, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical interpretation of those words. You don’t have to be an outstanding writer or an able musician yourself to appreciate and be uplifted by musical theatre – whether seeing it live, or listening on a device. My prowess at making music amounts to a reasonable rendering of ‘Chopsticks’ on the piano, and singing along heartily to my CD of ‘Joseph.’ How wonderful it is, therefore, that other people contribute to, and enhance, our lives, by using their gifts to entertain.

Different music suits different moods – and different people. Each of us is unique. However hard I try, I fail to understand why ‘The Lark Ascending’ tops charts, but other people find it sublime. I’m just thankful for ears to hear, eyes to see, and a mind to absorb what writers, musicians and artists offer us.

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