Not all music, obviously. Perhaps I should have stopped that sentence before the last word. Music has the power to make you feel.
It can lift you up, or bring you down. It can help you relive memories, transporting you to different times and places. It can make you feel empowered, or angry. Romantic or just kinda frisky. And it can surprise you, sneaking up like a mosquito and draining you before you know what happened.
Or it can just annoy you, also not unlike a mosquito. Until you turn to a different station.
I've been using music while I work, and while I work out, and it is definitely a mood-enhancer. Even some of the more mundane tasks seem much more bearable. Monday mornings still suck, but maybe not quite as much.
And I have to admit, the radio geek in me has enjoyed putting together the different playlists.
I know we refer to the 20th century decades by ten's, like the 90's, 80's, 70's, etc. Is the first decade of the 21st century really the 00's? Or is it, as I've heard some say, the Aught's? My thinks it's the 00's, so I'll go with that for now.
Anyway, I'm still building this one, but I've got it up to about thirteen hours at the moment, and there's definitely a different feel to listening to music that's much more recent (than say the Rhythm and Blues and Blues playlist I have, which features Elmore James, Robert Johnson, etc.).
It was exhilarating to work out to this today, and to have it playing in the office while I worked. I felt alive. It was almost overwhelming, like I needed more oxygen (though that could have been, in part, from the workout).
I also felt cool and hip when my 21-year-old daughter came in my office and said, "Oh, I love that song." Of course, using the words "cool" and "hip" demonstrates that I'm neither, but at least I felt like I was.
As always, these may not be your cup of grog. You may love them, or they may just be a bunch of music mosquitoes you want to swat. With that said, here's what shuffled out of my 00's Playlist...
Thrice "All That's Left"
Mark Knopfler "The Trawlerman's Song"
Jack Johnson "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"
Michelle Branch "Breathe"
Goo Goo Dolls "Here Is Gone"
Queens Of The Stone Age "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret"
Matchbox Twenty "How Far We've Come"
Five For Fighting "100 Years"
Sheryl Crow "Soak Up The Sun"
The Donnas "Take It Off"
Hope you're feeling cool and hip, or at least alive!
P.S. - Hi Marvin! It's all there - beware of mosquitoes, needing oxygen and Monday mornings)!