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Brain Music Episode 26: The House of Roushey

 

There's no doubt that finding the perfect playlist can motivate and inspire you. Whether it's finishing the last mile of your run, tackling that laundry you've been putting off, or getting you through your workday, tunes can change everything. So let's motivate and inspire each other, shall we?


This is Brain Music: a selection of songs curated monthly by different members of the Rochester community that we hope will inspire you the same way it inspires its curator.

Today we bring you Brain Music Episode 26, curated by Christy Roushey, Designer + Owner of The House of Roushey. Without further ado, here's Brain Music Episode 26.

 

Christy Roushey Intro Photo by Olivia Bauso

Hi! I am Christy Roushey, Designer + Owner of The House of Roushey. I am a modern calligrapher and illustrator obsessed with all things floral & greenery. I started my shop as an extension of my home. It wanted to connect with people through creating affordable, approachable art. And through those connections, build a community that feels as though you are sitting across the table from me in my home.

Christy WorkingPhoto by Olivia Bauso

In my home, you can usually find music playing or someone bursting into song. And it is probably a song we have made up ourselves! My husband often teases us that we must be the stars of our own musical. For my kids (8 & 5), music has become a part of our routine. We each sing our part (I will always find the harmony!) and have our own special dance moves because it is a part of our routine. We have music that gets us ready for the day, that ease our troubled minds and specific playlists that put us to bed at night.

Christy BagPhoto by Olivia Bauso

So music and art have always been woven together for me. When I first started learning to draw, I had recently changed careers (I am an engineer turned stay at home mom) and art became my outlet, at times even my therapy. I would sit down at my dining room table, turn on my music and sing. I would practice my calligraphy alphabet and write out the lyrics as I sang. It was as much a practice session as it was reminding me of what I needed to hear. Reminding me of who I was, the strength that I had and how I was loved. Aren't those reminders that we each need to hear?

Christy RousheyPhoto by Olivia Bauso

The songs on this playlist are just a few of my recent favorites. I have to be honest, some of these songs I have listened to hundreds of times, but I couldn't tell you the correct lyrics, but they are still my favorite. It is because the message of the song goes beyond the lyrics. It is in the rise and fall of the melody. It is in the power behind the artist singing. There are also songs on this list that have been exactly what my heart couldn't put into words.  Pablo Picasso said it best - "To draw you must close your eyes and sing." And this is typically what I do. 

Christy Roushey

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Listen to Christy’s playlist here, or preview it below. 

 

Join The House of Roushey at our Holiday Brainery Bazaar presented by Yelp Rochester on December 9th from 11am-4pm! Get the details here.

Comments on this post (1)

  • Nov 18, 2018

    “When I first started learning to draw, I had recently changed careers (I am an engineer turned stay at home mom) and art became my outlet, at times even my therapy.”

    Sometimes, even the simplest of a comment can be so powerful for someone else to hear:

    “I had recently changed careers (I am an engineer turned stay at home mom)”

    I’m an RN who decided to become a stay at home mom in ‘98 and until you said it, never thought of it as a change in careers. Logically, my brain knew I was doing something worthwhile (and a lot more work than I’d ever done before) but my heart still felt like somehow I was less because I wasn’t “working”.

    Jewelry making and sewing were my therapy and something I’m becoming more focused on now that my kids are older but your comment really made me stop and think. And rethink.

    Thank you <3

    — Ana Hubbard

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