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Apr 11, 2019 20:05:45

Listening to music

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Brandon Wilson

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Most of the time I listen to podcasts and not music. Occasionally, though, I do get into moods where I want to listen to music. It could be when I need to concentrate and not be distracted by talking on a podcast. It could also be due to my mood.

Music can enhance my emotional state or change it. I find that when I am feeling sad or wistful, there are certain artists and songs I listen to that reinforce that mood. In those instances I don't try to change my mood to something more uplifting or positive because that doesn't work. I just wallow in that mood for awhile until I get out of the funk.

If I'm going to work out, I find I can use music to set my mood to high energy and that tends to work.

I've been trying to analyze songs I've been listening to lately to see why I picked them. Perhaps they remind me of a different time or circumstance in my life. I think there is a deeper meaning there, but I don't necessarily want to fall down the rabbit hole.

Then you have the silly scenario where you get a song stuck in your head all day. The only way I've found to get it unstuck is to actually listen to the song as a way to somehow "satisfy the loop" then it usually goes away.

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    @brandonwilson Music is magic. +1

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Apr 12, 2019 09:42:04
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    @brandonwilson - Ahh music. My first love, my addiction, my weakness and my cure. I most certainly use music to influence my mood for the better. There is research around music being used as medicine to heal. It is that powerful. Unlike you, I have to convince myself to pause music and listen to podcast when I need to be more deliberate about learning. Default is almost always music.

    I was hoping you would share what music you prefer. Or is that for another post?

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 11, 2019 23:32:54
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      @brandonwilson @keni - got any recommendations for medicinal music? Share some favorites - or something you put on repeat?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 11, 2019 21:15:25
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      @brandonwilson @brianball - Music is very subjective. Like Brandon said, sometimes music is about the memories it brings back so a therapeutic music for one may bring up PTSD for another. I find that I love African beats, don't care about the lyrics if I want something to work out to or dance to. However, I do have my moments where I need some good lyrics in rap or chill music. I would guess that meditation classical music is best for concentration/sleeping/meditating.

      If you want to try Ethiopian music, here is one of my favorites - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSsH0nGASbE

      If you want to try Nigerian music here is one of my favorites -


      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 12, 2019 00:40:05
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      @keni - trying it now ( thank you )

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 11, 2019 21:42:18
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      @keni That would be a good future topic. :)

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 12, 2019 06:40:38
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