Are you a music fanatic like I am? I am a classically trained vocalist (college and all, and no, it isn’t the best paying job, lol). Music courses through my blood like a necessary ingredient to live; air, water, food…music. I love it all.
But, do you know how powerful this art form is? It has power to convey feelings, ranging from pure joy to sexual excitement (hey, who couldn’t use a little more of that?) and it is completely mysterious how those rhythmic pulses and tones affect us. No scientist has completely demystified it’s power. It can calm your soul on a rough day or pep you up before a long day at the office.
Wikipedia defines music as this: “Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the “color” of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments.”
So, are you harnessing it’s power to help you design?
Maybe you need to kick it up a notch with some salsa or merengue music during a planning session in order to appease your feisty client. Or maybe you need to tone down Mr. Smith’s demand to paint everything hot pink; you’d need to pull out a good Brahms Piano Concerto for that. Either way, try playing around with music while you’re working.
A good listen to Mahler’s 8th Symphony will get the heart pumping any day. Or perhaps you need to find a romantic element for a large living room; then switch on an oldie but goodie, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love”, by the king, Elvis Presley which is sure to inspire soft, romantic feelings. (Don’t shoot me, as an 80’s child, I prefer the UB40 version. )
Some parts of my day are filled with music, like when I clean the house, run my daily 3 miles or drag myself into the kitchen to prepare dinner. Other times, not so much, like tackling my quickbooks account or writing a hearty blog post!
No matter what kind of music you prefer, you’re bound to find new energy and inspiration through the music that fills your mind, heart and body.
If music has the power to change our feelings in the first few bars of our favorite song, don’t you think it can help you break through any mental block or stagnancy you may be experiencing? Give it a try – you never know what you’ll learn about yourself and your work style!
What is your favorite song to work to?