The Soundtrack That Moves You

Man listening to music

I try to have a new post published here every Monday morning. This one is a few hours late because I just got back from a brief vacation with my family. The idea for this post came to me while on the airplane coming home yesterday. I needed to return earlier than my wife and daughter because of a work commitment, so I was flying solo last night.

Man listening to musicI had made a goal for myself to finish reading Change Your Questions Change Your Life, a coaching book by Marilee Adams by the end of the week. It’s a very quick read so I made it through the last 80 or so pages in the airport and on the flight. I had an aisle seat and the gentleman sitting next to me kept loudly cracking his knuckles, a noise that really grates on me so I put in my earbuds and turned on some music. I might be quirky, but I can’t listen to music with words while I’m reading. It’s too distracting, so I usually listen to either classical or jazz while reading. Yesterday’s selection was Monk’s Dream by the Thelonious Monk Quartet (1962). I did manage to finish the book about half way through the flight, even though I could not only still hear his knuckle cracking, but also his music from his own ear buds. I foresee hearing impairment in his future.

After finishing my book, I turned my attention to writing up my goals for this week. With Monk’s Dream and my reading done, I turned to a playlist I originally created for running which is an eclectic mix including Prince, Meghan Trainor, DNCE, Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars, and some others I’m not going to disclose. The aim was to get me pumped for the week, not an easy thing to do sitting on an airplane that was getting me back to Saskatoon around 9:15 at night.

This morning I was back on the treadmill for the first time since Thursday, when we left on our little holiday. Today got in a good run and some bike time while being serenaded by Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, and Anni-Fried (AKA ABBA). Don’t judge. I was running on the treadmill at 5:45 AM. Where were you?

Music inspires, entertains, distracts, and comforts us. It can be like an old friend, sharing memories and encouraging you to keep going, keep working on whatever new memory you’re making. I’ll listen to the same playlist or album over and over until I need a break from it, and then I’ll move on to something new, or old, to get me through whatever situation or occasion that I’m in. I think everyone needs their playlists, their go-tos for various activities / moments. If you’re procrastinating on something, turn on some music (but don’t spend hours making new mixes, just get to it already). Already doing this, share one of of your playlists with us.

Image courtesy of David Goehring under a CC-BY license.

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