Site Columns By Amy
March 16, 2001 - 7:38 PM

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Music, they say, soothes the savage beast. I don’t actually know about that – I know a couple of dogs that turn *into* savage beasts – at least on the purely vocal level – when certain music is played. So soothing the savage beast… no. But it can be wonderfully uplifting, I find, at least certain types. When I like a piece of music, I love it and insist on playing it at the highest volume setting in order to a)deafen myself b)drown out my singing and c)share the joyous noise with everyone around me. C) unfortunately has a somewhat troublesome side effect of leading to d) that is the people around me taking a dislike to me and my stereo and threatening to shove it away someplace dark. I admit it – I’m one of those people you see stopped at the lights with the cart vibrating from the sheer force of the bass line. I head bang to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. I do the hand movements to ‘YMCA’ and ‘Timewarp’. I sing loudly (and quite badly) and make up my own harmonies. And worst of all, because I’m actually quite fussy when it comes to my musical selection, I channel surf. I’ve been told it’s like an obsessive compulsive disorder – I even do it when it’s not my car or me driving. Unfortunately, due to the rather limited population of the state, we have only really have 4 major radio stations, so one usually ends up back up on the channel one started on because at least the teeny-bopping-boy-girl-pop-band drivel playing in this station is marginally better than what’s playing on the others.

But, back to what I was saying, music can be very uplifting and, for some reason , singing along helps. Only this afternoon after a reading some bizarre e-mails about the Voyager crew as the cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show*, I felt the urge to stick my copy of the musical in the tape recorder, fast-forward it to the songs I liked and play them. And then had to sing along, and it felt bloody wonderful. Strange that. Just thank god no-one else was home.

*My Voyager cast for the RHPS looks something like this:

Unfortunately, this leaves us lacking a Columbia – There’s always Kes, I suppose, or maybe the Delaney sisters. It’s odd you know, I’m not sure which scares me more – the fact that I actually sat down and applied logical thought to this, or the fact that I can quite easily imagine most of them in the roles I’ve assigned them. My imagination worries me sometimes.

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