Danny Brown recently posted 10 Free Blog Topics to Help You Get Your Blog On. Being the uncreative kind of guy that I am, and the fact you are probably getting tired of me writing about myself, I am thinking about taking his topics in order and using them for my next 10 posts. I mention this in case anybody wanted to play along.
Similar, but not quite like Margie Clayman’s endeavor where she is writing 31 daily posts in August based on reader suggestions. I even had a suggestion that made it; not on my August 10th birthday (cough, cough), but it’s there. I recommend you check her out, she’s good.
All I know is don’t challenge her to any writing contests or you will be playing for second place; you.won’t.win.
What’s the name of that song?
I’ll bet there are several songs as soon as you hear them immediately triggers an emotional reaction, possibly taking you to a specific point in time; you recall the sights, sounds and especially the smells. It might be your first kiss in the back seat of a car, your first heartbreak, your best date ever. Maybe the kiss, car, date and heartbreak happened all on the same night, huh?
I have several, but the one with the strongest trigger is Open Arms by Journey. This was popular when I was ‘courting’ my now wife and is unofficially ‘our song’. Every time I hear it, it reminds me when we used to be fun……..just kidding dear; I’m still Mr Excitement, right?
How many songs do you own?
With the advent of MP3’s, iPods, iPhones you can accumulate quite the library of music. Because of the sheer volume do you think it is as easy for one song to make it to the top these days?
I take my iPod with me to the gym, working in the yard, running, cycling, driving range or hitting tennis balls against the wall. I use the music as motivation and inspiration. There always seems to be one song that makes it through the noise each time that resonates that day and catches your attention. Can’t get that tune out of your head, huh?
How about the movies?
What do you think when you hear Kenny Loggin’s Danger Zone? Play it loud and it will give you goose bumps, pump you up and immediately know it’s from Top Gun. And from the same movie how hauntingly riveting is Berlin’s You Take My Breath Away? That was certainly a good movie but where would it be now without the music to bring you back to it?
It’s the emotion
Music creates very powerful emotions and memories. These emotions are what can and do shape decisions. Maybe not the music alone, but definitely influential.
We’ve all read of people doing some pretty crazy, bizarre things and blaming it on the music, right; remember Helter Skelter?
Music stirs the soul, it stokes your passion; it can be very powerful indeed.
I want to be a rock superstar
How cool would it be to be the lead singer of a rock & roll band, singing on a stage in front of 80,000 people. I can tell you, I’ve wanted to be that guy. Of course, I can’t sing or play an instrument but maybe if I put both on my bucket list I’ll get to one or the other. I wonder what kind of tats I should get? Think I would finally be popular with the girls? Probably, can you say Ric Ocasek?
But look how much energy, excitement and emotion it creates in the crowd; that is power, influence. Heady stuff indeed…….
The music is in me
I’m certainly around music quite a bit as we all are. Do you find it stimulating, motivating or even thought-provoking at times?
How about you, what are you listening to these days? Do you have that one song every time you hear it, you still have the same strong emotional reaction to it; time after time?
Wanna be a rock star?