Bach in the Bath

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Fun fact about me: when I was little, I used to be afraid in the shower because I’d watched some scary TV show where a slime monster would invade people’s homes through their pipes. I was always scared that when I closed my eyes to shampoo, the creepy thing would come out of the drain and attack me. Normal, right? My irrational fear happened to compete with how much I enjoy baths and showers – like every other normal human I know, I can’t get enough of the water, the warmth and the deliciously scented products that are a part of the bathing process. I’d take three a day if I wasn’t concerned about my skin being adequately moisturized. My solution back in the day to my Goosebumps-induced issue was, naturally, to bring my little tape player into the bathroom and listen to a Pocahontas book on tape. Not only was I not scared anymore, but I found myself especially capable of pretending to be a Native American princess hanging out under a casual waterfall. You know, if waterfalls ever were located in the upstairs bathroom of my house in Rhode Island.

Sadly, my “Just Around the Riverbend” themed-shower days have passed, but it still holds true that I like listening to music as I rinse and repeat. Generally, the radio in my shower has always been set to my favorite car radio stations (shoutout to 92PRO-FM), but this past month I made a small alteration that has been a huge game changer to my morning routine. I find myself feeling more calm, joyful, and invigorated when I start my day…and if you know me you know another fun fact about me is that I am not a morning person.  Thus, those are not words I would usually use to describe my feelings before 10 am. So, what’s my nifty trick?

Classical music. Boom. Admittedly, I’m definitely not the first person in the world to realize that classical music might be soothing and generally conducive to a better mood. What’s really got me all jazzed up about this though is that the fabulous feeling being instilled in me every morning by Chopin or Mozart really seems to happen every time. I wouldn’t be suggesting it if it hadn’t been producing consistently enjoyable results. There’s simply something lovely about being surrounded by beautiful music, free of lyrics, that early in the day. It’s a time before you have to speak – you can just relax and appreciate the beauty of the sound without any words. I will also say that there’s something distinctly luxurious about hearing an orchestra first thing in the morning. Then again, that  last thought it coming from the same girl who used to imagine she was a Disney princess, so I guess you should take it with a grain of salt…

Is your morning music-filled or do you prefer soapy silence?

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