It occurred to me the other day that there’s a science-y correlation between my mood and how much music I listen to on a given day. More music = more happy. This is not a new concept in psychology and wellness, but I wonder if the impact of music on my own wellbeing might be even stronger than average.
You see, I’ve been exposed to music since I was in my mother’s womb. She tells me stories of how she played the piano and guitar and sang while she was pregnant, and I would kick and move around. I can’t remember a year in grade school during which I was not in some kind of music or vocal class. As a pre-teen, music helped me develop my first links between an inner fire I was feeling and my desire to make an impact on the world, and fueled that passion as years went on. Songs weren’t just songs to me, they were calls to action.
For the past few years though, music and I have grown distant. I still sing with mom every year during the holidays, listen to the radio, and hit up Spotify from time to time. But my relationship with music has definitely changed. It has become a casual, but no longer fully integrated, part of my day to day life.
I’d like that to change.
So, I’m hoping to kick off every week with a new song, something that energizes me and gets me ready to get to the business of improving society and kicking apathy in the butt. Hopefully, it will help my fellow do-gooders / world-changers / nonprofit pros kick off the week, too.
This week: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis | Can’t Hold Us
Why? Because my brain tends to play life out like a broadway musical, and this song makes me daydream about montages in which I’m running around Raleigh knocking on doors and getting folks to get off the couch to go save the world.
We came here to live life like nobody was watching
I got my city right behind me
If I fall, they got me. Learn from that failure gain humility and then we keep marching
Best Time to Listen: In the morning, when you’re getting ready for the day.