Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Bass? Michael Torke
Music is an outburst of the soul. Frederick Delius
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. Lao Tzu
I’ve loved listening to music since as long as I can remember. My mother told me that she used to keep me occupied with listening to music and drumming on pots while she was cooking away in the kitchen. I was also really fortunate to have a hip mother who liked to listen to the same music I did when I was a teenager (just maybe not at the same volume…). We always just had some music on, which could result in spontaneous booty-shaking and dancing.
In a way, I took music for granted and never realized the impact it had on my psyche until after being married for a few years. My husband and I have a totally different music taste. I’m the Euro dance with the occasional AC/DC thrown in gal and my husband is the Southern rock and Blues guy. Plus, he’s the master of our complicated stereo system (in case you’re wondering – he’s an engineer). So when we’re in the house together, he plays “compromise or middle ground” music (Keb Mo, John Hiatt, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Susan Tedeschi, etc.).
Then I got my first iPod, created my own playlist and started to listen to my tunes. And guess what? I went right back into those happy moments I had BLT (before living together) that juiced me up and gave me major energy bursts. I realized that creating my own internal music was key to generating my own happiness and energizing me. Yes, the middle ground music is great, but not what it takes to give me mojo. So, how do the Black Eyed Peas tie into this little epiphany? Well, they’re on my playlist! “Let’s Get It Started.” “I Gotta Feeling.” “Pump It.” Those songs are instant happy pills for me. The energy from these Black Eyes Peas’ songs help me score energy beyond any red bull drink out there. Then add in a little “Sexbomb” by Tom Jones and “Rubberneckin’” by Elvis. Whoa, baby, watch out – I could most probably crank out writing a book in an hour if I were so inclined. Creativity, energy and radiance gushing out like a roaring river. Just like Michael Torke’s quote: “Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Bass?” (substitute your own music choice for the B Minor Bass) – you’ll find happiness in your ears and don’t need to lament your woes on a chair.
How about you? Do you have your own playlist with music that makes you feel good? Do you listen to it on a regular basis? If not, then make a commitment to create one for yourself no matter what you have going on this weekend. Having your own playlist should be part of your daily beauty toolbox or nutritional plan. Energy and radiance, my friend, and without putting a major dent in your wallet like some organic beauty creams or Superfoods. And how about those times when you can’t put on your iPod/iPhone, but need a lift-me up? Well, that’s where you create your own internal soundtrack to get yourself pumped up. Psst – I’ll let you in on a secret… I’ll be sitting in a boring meeting, zone out for a few minutes singing one of my energy songs in my head and let myself feel the joy in my body to pump me up again. Yes, it’s really that simple. And that, lady, is how you score the Black Eyed Peas’ energy. The universe in kind will respond to this soul energy… So, go out there and Pump It!