Music has that wonderful way of pulling you out of the moment and giving you the confidence to launch forward into a better and more powerful place.
This week as I prepare to take my son Jonathan to see KISS in concert I thought what a great time to talk about the power of music and the impact it can have on your life.
I have to tell you I could write a rock opera with the songs that play in my mind all the time! Don’t laugh music is great therapy no matter what’s going on in your life. Music can energize, sooth, motivate, stimulate, calm, strengthen, you name the emotion, music can take you there instantly! For me, if you live with a song in your heart you always have a safe place to call home. If you have pressure or need to prepare for an important meeting try using music to change your mood.
On days when I am speaking I am often humming “Start Me Up.” In fact, it would be very rare for me to not wake with that song on my mind. Music has that wonderful way of pulling you out of the moment and giving you the confidence to launch forward into a better and more powerful place. Personally, I sing all the time, not well, but I sing nonetheless. I truly love being at the beach looking out at the water and singing at the top of my lungs. This summer I rode my bike in the early hours listening and singing to my list of the ultimate tunes. Everyone one has their own special relationship with music and I am here to remind you to take the time to connect with the songs in your world.
So this month instead trying to write philosophical dribble drabble I thought I would share my philosophy in the spirit of song and share just a few that have shaped who I am. You can check them out on YouTube.
For me, dreaming is where it all begins because if you can’t imagine your future you will never get there to enjoy it the way you want. This song has been on my 8-track, cassette tape, record player, Walkman and I-pod since I was 15.
I often speak of the power of reflection, just taking time to be one with your thoughts and to give yourself permission to process them and let go of those things holding you back.
I had the honour and great fortune to be in Australia when this song was released for the first time and became a mega hit (and Australian anthem). If you listen to the words and take them in then nothing can or will stand in your way because you truly are the voice!
Call me philosophical but making today a great day really is your choice. I have a brother who died at the age of 41 who would trade with you any day if you ever lose sight with that idea.
On one of my last days at Microsoft I said goodnight to one of the co-op students. I never did see her again as she was killed instantly on her drive home that night. What a bitter reminder to never take for granted the things that make you sing out loud, so kiss your kids, hug your spouse, tell a stranger something to make them smile and always remember that the things you love dearly can disappear quickly with no opportunity for a proper goodbye.
Just imagine marrying the girl of your dreams, aging 22 years by her side, testing every limit you can possibly imagine and still being able to lay beside her each and every night extremely happy with the decision you made. I still sing this song with as much passion and enthusiasm as I did on the day we married.
This is your life go sing it proud!