Bipolar Disorder, Everyday Life, Uncategorized

Anniversary Playlist

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Another off-topic topic for today: Playlists

 

Music, as defined as, vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion is a big part of my life.

Or shall I say that as the years have passed, I have been able to learn to love music, various genres, and everything in between.

 

My spouse and I have been together for nearing eleven years (so hard to believe, I love it).  He is a HUGE music fan, like ginormous.  He has worked to expose me to more music than my go to (country) and open my eyes to see what else is out there musically.

And my oh my, it is like a whole new world out there.  Through this journey, I have found musicians that I love and others that were not to my liking.  I have attended concerts (take that anxiety) and have enjoyed sitting on the couch listening to the record player belt out tunes.  Did you know that music sounds different when played off a record?  It is this raw sound that is magical.

All of this is a preface to something that has turned into my favorite gift of the year.  So Mister Man decided in 2011 (I think) to start making me anniversary mixed “tapes”.  I know hold your pants, this is frickin awesome and he is just the best slice of bread in this galaxy.

In the beginning I knew little to none of the songs and I was like, what the hell am I going to go.  But then I really started to listen, and the gift became so incredibly clear.

I also learned that there is an art to making a mixed tape.  Which song do you start with, end with, middle with?  And never, never do you shuffle a mix tape when listening to it.  The order that the songs were placed was done so for an exact reason and shuffling would mess it all up.

I feel that the playlist that takes hours and hours, and for that there is an immense of love that is put into this music collaboration.

I have fallen in love with the soundtrack for 2016.  The irony is that was the year that I suffered a mental breakdown and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.  I do not think it is a coincidence that my person (my spouse) made me a playlist that would turn out to be my favorite during the year that was my worst yet.

When I listen to the playlists, I feel loved.  I feel like he is with me and that brings me such comfort and healing.  I love that this is an old school tradition and he brought it back to life.  I am ecstatic that he brings so many things into my life and we go on adventures, even if it is just musically.

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