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Moving to Music

Listening to music can be more influential than most of us notice. I’ve realized this time and time again at the gym. Have you ever been pumped and ready then you realized you’ve forgotten your earbuds? I have. I’ve found myself being trapped with the sound of machinery, grunts and the faint tunes of top 40 hits in the background. On those days my workouts didn’t last as long, and ironically, felt longer than usual. Although, these mishaps brought this concept to my attention, I also conducted an unintentional study on myself while traveling. On my way to an appointment or an event I would blast downloaded instrumentals and sing on top of the music. I realized, upon arrival to my destination, I felt more in control and confident. Some days, I wouldn’t listen to anything, and I found myself experiencing a little bit of anxiety. On days where I would only listen to the radio, my emotions found a calm medium. When I looked back at how my mood had been altered, it amazed me how easily influenced I was simply because of music or lack there of. I definitely pay a lot more attention to, not only the kind of music I’m spinning, but also when I am listening. With this attentiveness, I’ve found a great balance of motivation and relaxation. This experiment had me thinking: wouldn’t life be so much easier if we each had our own sound tracks? What would yours consist of? What music influences you?




  • I appreciate this article on anxiety. I am working to build a conscious bridge to mental wellness with music.
    Thanks for sharing.
    If you are ever in Chicago meet me at Room 43

    Pamela Love
  • Waiting for the Los Angeles California show! Whadup??

    Vivian Scranton
  • Daniel I am so happy to have ran across you on the feed. You touch my heart I needed it all the depression I carry on my back. I am caring for my mother who has dementia. But I just WANT a say thank you and would you please make a dedication to all families that have stricken with this angry disease. Most love for you little guy and you good all at the same time.

    Barbara montue
  • Music is universal. A couple of years ago, I used to drive a DUKW at Stone Mountain Park. In that position, I could create my own tour program, I chose some of your music especially to play on the lake and the guest would approach me after the tour and ask me what was I playing, they wanted the artist name and people from all walks of life. What a great feeling to share the sweet sound of music. When I would show the album cover, they were amazed to see such a talented young brother. Priceless. That is what I am talking about. Yess..

    Sheila Tolston

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