December 4, 2009
The Power of Music
Music is the cure-all for every negative emotion. That is what people who appreciate good music always say. Notably, people who have children who play the trumpet or saxophone in middle school marching bands rarely say this.
When you are feeling sad/frustrated/irritated/overwhelmed/scared, humming your favorite tune will put you and everyone around you in a cheery mood.
I tried this tactic this morning at the breakfast table. When my children threatened to riot over the flavor of oatmeal I served, I felt inspired to sing "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To."
Strangely, my singing did not reduce the hostility in the room, but rather increased it.
I am confused.