Strolling around downtown Fort Worth during a lunch break recently, I had my earbuds in listening to some music. This particular day, I was honed in on how each song would give what was going on around me a totally different feel, similar to how music enhances a scene in a movie.
My curiosity was peaked though, when a person jogged by me and I noticed their earbuds. Because I couldn’t imagine anything that would get me jazzed up enough to want to go on a run, I wondered what they were listening to.
After that my eyes seemed drawn to every person that was wearing earbuds or headphones. Was that businessman listening to a podcast on how to be successful? Was that middle aged woman listening to adult contemporary? Is that twenty-something trying to learn a new language?
If someone knew what I was listening to, would they be surprised?
I’m almost 50 and my playlists are composed mostly of alternative songs with lots of anger and cursing. I mean I grew up in the 80s, so you would think I would prefer music from that era. I enjoyed it back then, but I really don’t care for it now.
Hmmm, so does that mean that little old lady sitting on the bench may be listening to rap? Is that construction worker listening to a cooking show on his break? Is that security guard listening to Celine Dion?
So with this post I’m asking you to appease my curiosity. I really want to know what you are listening to.
My personal listening habits generally tend as follows.
If I’m doing something that I really need to focus on, I usually listen to nature sounds (rain, ocean waves, birds, etc.).
If it’s something that I can do on autopilot, I put on some affirmations. My theory is that they go into my subconscious and help me feel better or manifest things in my life with little effort. I just started doing this, so jury is out on whether this holds water or I’m just making shit up.
If my workload is light or it’s Friday or I’m just in a good mood, I listen to my Chill playlist. This playlist includes artists like Calum Scott, Harry Styles, The Cranberries, and Oasis. Songs I love, but more work appropriate than what I usually listen to. (I am aware that no one can hear what I’m listening to so it doesn’t really need to be work appropriate. However, I have this fear of my earbuds disconnecting from my phone and the music blasting out in our quiet office. Granted that would be hilarious, but let’s just move on.
To motivate me through a workout I need songs that will get me revved up, angry or make me want to dance. Pierce the Veil, Panic! At The Disco, Asking Alexandria, Falling in Reverse and Max Frost dominate my Workout Blast playlist.
Even a killer song grouping sometimes can’t get me through a 30 minute workout. So to completely distract me from watching the minutes slowly click by, I listen to podcasts. If I’m invested in what they are talking about, I stop tracking the time. My favorites of late are You’re Wrong About… and The Daily Boost.
Writing or Being Creative:
To get creative juices flowing I have a Background Music playlist. It’s a mix of movie scores and classical music with the occasional song from an opera.
Driving in the Car:
I created a Road Trip playlist when I drove up to visit my parents. It’s almost entirely songs by females so I can kid myself into thinking I sound as good as they do belting them out in the privacy of my vehicle. I do have a few throwbacks, like O.P.P. by Naughty By Nature and Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe. (Now you know!)
I love to meditate. I feel more in control and that I can handle life when I meditate regularly. As I’ve mentioned before, I can’t do the total silence thing. I like guided meditation. There are some great apps such as Calm, Let’s Meditate and Headspace.
Working on Myself:
Because I am a self-help addict, I enjoy webinars on variety of topics. However, I am not one of those people who can do something else and still take in all the information. These require undivided attention so I don’t miss anything.
Now it’s your turn. What do you listen and when? Share below in the comments or jump over to the Tea With Traci Facebook page and join the conversation over there.
This is Dr. Frasier Crane,