I was reading a RFGHF “Shout Out!” worthy post by Christine Kane the other day called “21 Ways to be More Creative” (she is some writer – this needs to be on your subscription list), and one of the ways (#5 – Dance Around the House) got me to thinking about music and how it affects my life, my moods, and my motivation. I thought of the last time I did that dance – a couple of weeks ago, when one of my all-time favorite rock songs, “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” by Elton John was played as an exit to a television program I was watching (I know, a violation of Christine’s #1). I literally lept off my chair, cranked up the volume, and pranced around the house playing air guitar with reckless abandon. It was exhilarating.
This happens frequently when I’m driving too (don’t worry, not the air guitar part)- in fact, just this morning I heard “You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Joe Cocker and, without thinking, cranked it up and sang right along (that one conjures up the happy thoughts of that wonderful movie “The Full Monty”). I sailed right into the office with that adrenaline boost still going strong.
It raises a question – Why, in response to certain things, do we “reach for the volume”? What is it about those things that produce that reaction? With music, it’s certainly more than just the tune itself, although a driving beat helps (that explains why I can never sit still when AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” comes on – it ain’t the deep lyrics!). The song is “connected”, I’m sure, to memories of happy things and moments. But what about other things, like certain topics of conversation? When I think about it (and I know my wife can vouch for this), my volume of speech literally goes up when I start talking about (or responding to) a topic or subject that really interests me. Or when I’m reading a book, and something really gets me, I reach for a pen and have to underline it. Those are all “reaching for the volume” moments, when you’ve really connected to something.
I would surmise that the secret here is to be able to be more conscious of these “moments” when they happen, so they can be assembled into a composite view of what really makes you tick, which then can be used to create a daily life where the “volume” is always up. That would be great, wouldn’t it? I believe Steve Farber would call this finding your “Frequency” and “Amping” your life (Steve, would this blog count as a “WUP“?)
I’m going to pay more attention to those “reaching for the volume” moments, and thanks again to Christine and Steve for the sparks to do so. I hope this sparks you too.