Changing the tune

Saturday, August 06, 2016

There’s such an art to writing film scores – using music to guide us emotionally through the drama on screen.

How much poorer would a film like the English Patient be without its soaring, expansive soundtrack? Or The Omen without its sinister one? 

This morning I spent a few moments tuning into my own most-played soundtrack: what three thoughts do I think most often?

Oh dear.

There’s the thought about all the things I need to get done – the to do list; its close relative, how can I possibly fit it all in – the not enough time thought. And there’s also the what-should-happen-when thought: given the list and lack of time, how do I organise myself – the timetabling thought.

If my life was a film I can see that the usual soundtrack would be something like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice scene in Disney’s Fantasia.

And just like sitting in the cinema watching a film, the more I tune into it, the more wound-up I feel. Feelings are thoughts in motion.

The gift of such moments of clarity is the opportunity to change my tune: to Louis Armstrong’s We have all the time in the world perhaps. Or Don’t worry be happy.

As I think those thoughts I can actually feel my shoulders drop and the smile start on my face.

I wonder what soundtrack you’ll choose to live today to? And tomorrow…

Thoughts that make you feel like you’re in a Hammer Horror film, where you can’t even see what it is you’re supposed to be scared of but your insides are jelly anyway.

Or thoughts that, in the words of other songwriters, Raise you up, remind you that you’re amazing just the way you are. And that All is Well:


Posted by Jane Matthews on 08/06 at 07:10 AM
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