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Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Sarah Levitt

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Here’s the latest in our BAMM.tv season ‘Why I Love Music’. This time, BAMM.tv’s Sarah Levitt has a few very personal musical choices …

When contemplating the question ‘Why I Love Music’, I was struck by how one word can produce so many stories, memories & feelings that have help define me as a person, throughout my life. Lenny Kravitz, Tracy Chapman, Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald…. The list of musicians whose music will trigger a memory or a feeling (whether it be good or bad) is endless…

Last year, I gave birth to my first child, a baby boy. I knew that music would be a big part of my baby boy’s life and like most pregnant women I listened to music all the time (no… no Beethoven, like my mother wanted…) Anything from Broken Bells to my childhood favourites, Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald. The first few months after Benn was born were joyous, challenging, emotional, inspiring, teaching and so much more and again music was there. One very interesting discovery we made, was that contrary to my thought; that babies would fall asleep listening to classical music (see Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1 or Faure’s Requiem, OP 48 IV Pie Jesu)… Ha! More like Frankie Knuckles hour-long session at the Boiler room or Green Velvet’s Electro, minimal sounds… Something about their beating little hearts having the same bpm…

Music has the power to surprise you, keep you on your toes, nod your head with disapproval or ecstatically jump up and down like a crazy person. This polarity, this randomness is what I love about music and how it feels when I discover a new song or artist that make my hips move and my heart beat a little bit faster – that makes my day.

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