“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1
Cooler weather has arrived where I live. Last night, I could smell the burning wood from fireplaces when I stepped outside. Yet, more than the weather has changed.
- The first nine weeks have ended for the school district.
- Marching season has ended for my daughter while concert season is just beginning.
- We are about to experience a time change – falling back an hour.
- Monday there was a celebration of life for a friend who had died.
- An acquaintance delivered a healthy baby girl.
These thoughts (and many more) bring to mind a list of reflective questions:
- How do you mark the passing of time?
- Does the music in which you surround yourself, change with the seasons?
- How do you reflect life events with your music?
- Is it important for music to reflect the time, season, and situations of your life?
- How do these things affect music I select for use in sessions?
For me, there is meaning and purpose to the music I select for my own use and for use with clients. I have strong emotional ties to certain pieces of music and may even connect a song with certain people or groups. I have songs that remind me of my hopes and dreams for myself and others. Clients request a song often sharing the story of why it is important to them. The music becomes a reflection of past, present, emotions, desires…it is never stagnate, ebbing and flowing in form across sessions. Music happens in time. It may mark an event, an era, a generation. Music expresses both what we can put into words and what we are at a loss to say. It is as if to say: “To everything there is a song, and a song for every purpose under heaven.”
It is my prayer music serves a purpose in your life, reflecting who you are, your dreams and your desires.