Lately I’ve been come obsessed with having background music in my office. I find that I’m called by different genres and artists depending on my mood, the kind of day it is, what I am working on and even the weather. While writing, I tend towards more ambient kinds of music including YouTube tracks of Zen meditation music or music that you would typically find in a massage studio or spa. Classical often fits the bill because without lyrics I am less likely to be distracted from hearing the words that flow from my fingers. However, if I know a piece really well, with lyrics or not, I can get caught in the tune and lose my stream of thoughts. And yet, even so there are some days when I must have the music playing anyway. I want the music to take me away.
It just snowed last night so I see white-capped everything outside my window right now. Not surprising, soft classical piano pieces called to me. So as I am writing, the snow and the lilting piano music blankets me. Today’s soundtrack is peaceful and very quiet like the snow. For now at least…
Because no doubt at other times in a day I will be fired up or want to be fired up. I have “go to” songs that tap into my bold, powerful and lively self when my life soundtrack calls for that feeling. When I play those songs I don’t sit still for an instant. I am up and dancing around my room and letting the music move my body so that energy flows through me and moves me. I use these special songs before I have important meetings, when I have coaching calls and whenever I feel my energy lagging (for more see Finding and Feeling Into Your Personal Power). In this way I am creating my experience of my day through the soundtrack that I have selected at each point. You can choose what music will encourage and enhance a certain feeling you want throughout your day.
Music can get so connected to your life soundtrack that you may have certain pieces or artists that will always be inextricably linked to certain events or experiences. For instance, my husband and I have a very strong connection between Sunday mornings and music by Pat Metheny. It is so strong that I cannot listen to his music any other day or else I will get confused and think I should be sitting down to read the Sunday New York Times. Yet, when I listen to Pat Metheny on Sunday mornings, the day becomes more awesome than ever. The experience is infused with years of quiet Sunday mornings with my love Andy, relaxing and enjoying the simple pleasure of reading the paper together. The soundtrack of our life together supports and enhances our experience in the moment.
So bring more music into your life to create a joyful ambience whenever possible. Deliberately select music to create the feelings you want to experience. Or allow your emotions to help you select music in support of your experience. It doesn’t really matter how you get there. You have the choice to select what feeling you want to create or enhance through your own personal music soundtrack. What pieces are on the soundtrack for your life?