It’s the movie I’m thinking about – more importantly, the soundtrack to the movie. We’ve got the Jack Johnson mellow grove soundtrack in a CD player in my son’s room. Whenever he turns on the tunes, inevitably a smile comes across the faces of every person in the house.
Never mind that Mommy is downstairs working feverishly to meet that deadline in an hour, or that Daddy is trying to paint the walls in the kitchen before lunch time. No, just a little groove music gets us all to slow down, even if just for a moment, and smile, laugh, dance, and remind each other that there is joy in sharing musical moments together.
And while it also happens organically and spontaneously at other times, there’s something about music that creates muscle memory – to inspire that slowing down, being in the moment, each and every time.
And this music in particular reminds me that being curious is a GOOD thing, not something that gets in the way of the latest mini-crisis at the office, or something that gets life off schedule as we cope with the latest little mess… um, er… discovery. That in a world where life was slower — 30 or so years ago — I had the opportunity to be curious, to explore on my own, to make mistakes, and learn from them — and this made me who I am today.
Curious George reminds me that I have to proactively seek out these opportunities for my son, because unfortunately it IS a different world, and I can’t let him loose in my unfenced, postage-stamp-sized, urban city backyard and assume that he is safe. And Curious George reminds me that I can find these opportunities, that it’s important, and that making the time to do it will be far worth any sacrifice of time I have to make elsewhere.
Now, if only I could remember where the remote control to the CD player is…
Bio: Sitting still has never been easy for acoustic/indie/folk singer-songwriter Kim Jennings. A singer, piano and guitar player for years, the songwriting bug only bit her in 2007. Not three years later, Kim released her debut CD “My Own True North,” co-founded the indie record label Birch Beer Records with fellow singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier, and launched the We Support Local Music blog along with the “I Support Local Music in Massachusetts” Facebook page.
In November 2010, Jennings teamed up with labelmates Dan Cloutier and Levi Schmidt to release Birch Beer Christmas Cheer, a CD of 7 originals and 3 Christmas classics — reinterpreted, Birch Beer Records-style.
Named to Metronome Magazine’s Top 20 Hit List for 2010, and voted Best Female Vocalist in the 2010 Worcester Music Awards, Jennings keeps a busy schedule, performing as often as she can and running her record label. Not bad, considering that in her “free time” she’s also a full-time working soccer mom.