Daniel Levitin

Soundtracks: Finding Our Voice, Telling Our Story

2017-03-08T13:56:27-05:00February 24th, 2008|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

Before I list the songs that comprise my current top five (for my top 40s), may I share with you some of the 'dare to dream' lessons learned from this 'Tell your soundtrack story' series? 1) Re-listening to beloved childhood music helps us become the hero of our story. As I re-listened to music I loved as a girl, I remembered that I loved LOVED making music, playing the piano in particular. Which is why my recently volunteering/being asked to play the piano every Sunday for the children at our church is such a gift; I'm rediscovering the making of music, and taking something that I loved back. I'm even toying with trying to compose a children's song. Any lyricists or poets among you? What music did you love as a child? As you listen to music from a time in your life when you still knew you were Rachel (see Rachel and Leah below), what did you remember about who and how you wanted to be? How can this remembering help you to be the hero of your story?

Tell Your Soundtrack Story: Career, Motherhood and 9/11

2017-03-08T13:48:00-05:00February 17th, 2008|Personal|

In his book 'This is Your Brain on Music', Daniel Levitin, a rocker-turned neuroscientist, explores the connection between music and our brain, providing some interesting insights on why we love the music we do. In particular, Levitin helped me understand why Stevie Wonder, who made his way on to my soundtrack as a pre-teen, was still on my soundtrack during my 30's, the decade of launching a career and learning to mother. He writes, "teenage years are emotionally charged years of self-discovery. Because of the emotional component of these years, our amygdala (the seat of emotion in our brain) and neurotransmitters (transporters of information from the brain to other parts of the body) act in concert to 'tag' these musical memories as something important." What kinds of music and which artists did you love as a teenager? As an adult, do you listen to similar music?