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Friday’s Free Refill: Crank up the Volume

Music, the great mood changer, my drug of choice.

Do you know anyone who doesn’t like music? I wonder if there is anyone on this planet earth, who doesn’t like music? I don’t mean at certain times they just want silence, I mean actually would rather never hear music again? Dear Lord, is that possible?


Ahhh, I can’t imagine a world without it. Sure the sound of the ocean is a symphony, rain on a tin roof a lullaby to my soul and I love being awakened by the birds’ love songs, but nothing fills my emotional, spiritual and mental cup like music. Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vivaldi, The Three Tenors, Jimmy Buffett, Shawn Colvin, Prince, Split Enz, Queen, The Boss, Take That, Robert Cray, any participant on The Voice – you name it, I love music.


It just takes one song to shift out of a shitty mood. One note to bring me into the present moment. One verse to spark a memory or get me up on my feet. Music heals. It’s cheap therapy. And I highly recommend it.


I invite you to remember the gift music has to support and nurture your spirit. If I am driving down the road on my way to pick up carpool and I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath, I crank up the volume and sing along. The pause between lyrics reminds me to breathe.


Years ago a client was having a hard time with getting her children up and going out the door before school. I suggested playing music in the morning. It shifted their moods, elevated their spirits and as the morning routine was now more fun, they got out the door a whole lot easier.


Where in your life can you use a little more music? Next time you need a shift in mood or an elevation of spirit, would you be willing to turn up the volume? Warning: May cause heart to beat faster than normal, random encounters with strangers, sweaty armpits, giddy spirit, broken hip from spontaneous break dance move on the kitchen floor, weight loss due to forgetting to eat, skin rash from skidding on the pavement, sleepless nights from raucous dance parties. Play at your own risk.

Hello! I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Coach for your Life and Spirit. I have been leading retreats for women and coaching them since 2009. One of my favorite ways to fill my own cup is by writing. May my weekly blog give you a sip to reflect, a nugget to chew, a thought to refill. If it is an accountability partner you seek, I offer life and spiritual coaching for men, women, teenagers, and couples, in person in Seattle and by phone.  2017 Mini-retreats in West Seattle 9:30 – 2: June 2 (sold out), September 15 (4 seats left). Limited availability, register early. info@mamaneedsarefill.com or www.mamaneedsarefill.com. 206 255 0463.

Friday’s Free Refill: Soul Music

You don't have to play an instrument or have a good voice to LOVE music.

I have a new addiction; I have even hooked my kids on the stuff. By reputation, I am a normally a TV snob, especially a reality TV snob.

That was before I learned about The Voice.

In this reality TV show four established musicians judge contestants purely by their voice alone. With their backs turned to the performers they listen, unable to make decisions based on appearance. Those trying out come in all ages, shapes and sizes. You can’t help but dance along as they belt out their tunes with nothing to lose. I have replayed the three shows from this second season more than once and I cry every time when a contestant with a knock ‘em dead voice hits a note perfectly, gets the audience on their feet, causes all four judges to turn around or simply sings their beauty to all who will listen.

I don’t know if watching this show inspired my birthday wish to my family last Sunday. All I wanted was to hear Gospel music.

So on my birthday, instead of going to our Catholic church all of us, hubby too, got dressed up and headed to Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

I wanted my soul to be stirred up by some good ‘ole fashioned, Jesus lovin’, hand clappin’, foot stompin’, earth movin’ music sung from the soul.

Sure enough I was stirred. I was on fire. That’s what music does to me. Awakens my sleeping self, knocking me on the head to say…Listen, listen to how beautiful that is.

Now it is up to me to remember how important music is to my soul, to take the time to fill up my glass with an earful. To get out of my regular routine to stop and listen so that I can remember, really remember how fun life can be when you one, stop and do something you love and two, get up and dance.