September 30, 2010
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I realized that some of the TV shows I was watching, were not doing anything positive or beneficial for my spirit. I had already mostly stopped watching the N.E.W.S. (Negative Events We Showcase), because it typically leaves me feeling stressed, depressed, anxious, or helpless. But I realized that several of the TV shows I was still choosing to watch, were not adding any value to my life, which meant they were simply wasting my time. And trust me, there are plenty of other things I should be doing with my time (writing, reading, exercising, playing piano, hanging out with my daughter – you get the drift.) So I combed through my DVR, and deleted all shows that didn’t fall into the following categories: make me laugh, make me cry – but in a good way because I’m so moved, educate me, or inspire me.
Well a few days later, I was listening to my iPod, and realized I have some real crap music on there. If I’m going to be so diligent about monitoring what I allow into my mind, and my spirit, and if I believe TV factors into that, then doesn’t it follow that music does as well? So I decided it was time I do some house-cleaning in my music collection as well. Trust me, as someone who has over 400 albums in her music collection, this was no small feat! So I spent the last couple weeks pouring through my music, typically deleting a couple of songs from each album, and dumping some entire albums altogether.
Do you know I realized I had songs called ‘Sideline Ho’, and ‘Assville’ in my music collection? Really? REALLY??? Is that really the kind of music I should be listening to? No. First off, I’m too grown to listen to music like that. Second of all, I have way too much good music in my collection, to waste time listening to the crap. Now in my defense, I did find that a fair amount of my crap music came from friends. I’m actually fairly picky about what I purchase. There is plenty of music out there that I like, but that doesn’t mean I like it enough to go out and spend money on it, or that I want it in my collection. So I have to reeeally like an album to purchase it. But still. Regardless of where it came from, I had it on my iPod. Now why not just leave everything on there, and skip over the songs I don’t like? Because you know what else I realized? It’s my iPod. Why would I even want music on my iPod that I don’t like? How great would that be to only have music that I actually like, on my iPod?
So even though it was a CHORE, and took TIME, I combed through my music collection and got rid of the junk. Now just as with the TV, I’m not saying that every song I listen to has to be positive and uplifting, but come on. I gotta draw the line somewhere. Because when it comes down to it, lyrics like “you’s a ho, you’s a ho, sideline ho” and “it’s an ass affair, heaven must be here” aren’t worthy of me. I’m too good for that. And so is the rest of my music.