Using Music To Enrich Your Life

September 13, 2013 — 17 Comments
Using Music To Enrich Your Life | Joseph Lalonde

I’ve heard so much about enriching our lives. And how we have to do that through reading great books, attending conferences, and listening to great audio series.

It’s enough to make you give up on music and go for only the motivational materials. I know because I’ve done it in the past.

I’d given up on listening to the music that I enjoyed and replaced it with everything I was told I needed to listen to.

Making this changed helped, but there always felt like there was something missing. The missing component was the enriching effect music had on my life.

When I made the change from listening to lots of music to listening to hardly any, it was an abrupt change. The change was prompted by mentors of mine telling me that they no longer listened to music. Instead, they filled their minds with enriching audio books or conference audio.

I’ll admit, I enjoyed the change too. But, like I said earlier, there was something missing. Something that left a void in me. And I couldn’t shake that feeling.

Eventually I realized what I was missing was music in my life.

Sure, I’d let the music play ambiently in the background but wouldn’t pay much attention to the music refrains, the styling, or the soothing nature.

This was all until recently when I began to pay attention to the music once again. I started to let myself drown in the melodies created by others. I’d follow the lyrical melodies as they played through the speakers. The words began to speak to me again.

Since this happened a couple of months ago, I’ve noticed a change begin to take place.

My creative juices have started to flow easier:  When I throw on certain music, it really kick starts my mind. The music takes me to another place and I let my mind wander. During these wanderings, I come up with new ideas and theories.

My life is enriched: Not only has music reinvigorated my creative juices, it’s also enriched my life. Great music allows me to get lost in thought. It brings me to new places, much like a great book. My heart begins to flutter. I begin to feel again.

My mood can be changed: Going through the recent struggles with the loss of my dog and sickness in my family, music has been a comfort. Feeling down and depressed, I’m able to toss on some music tunes and let the music cover me. Amazingly, my mood can change with the different music that plays through the stereo.

What I’m Listening To

Over time, my musical tastes have changed. There was a long period of time when I’d love to listen to heavy metal or punk rock. And I go back to that ever so often.

But as I’ve aged, I’ve let my musical tastes become varied. I’ve added classic rock, acoustic, instrumental, and more to my music library.

Here’s a few artists and CDs that have enriched my life lately:

All Sons And Daughters: Live - Simple melodies and a strong message create an engaging listen. This one has been on repeat for quite awhile.

The Halo 4 Original Soundtrack – Epic video games usually have epic soundtracks. Halo has been one of those series that has great music begin the gameplay. The scores are sweeping and moving. Soak in the big sound and you’ll be swept away in no time.

Johnnyswim – Johnnyswim is a new band that I recently found and their music has been a breath of fresh air.

There’s my list of music that has been enriching my life lately. It’s a brief but powerful list.

Question: What music is enriching your life right now? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

Opt In Image
Like what you just read?

Enter your email address below to receive updates on leadership and to receive a free eBook on leadership

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

    I love this topic, and I love music – much of my favorites seem to be a bit obscure, though..here is a short list:

    Final Fantasy VI Soundtrack remixed by OCRemix AMAZING! this 6 cd project is available for FREE and is filled with amazing renditions in all styles http://ff6.ocremix.org/ – much of it is “work friendly”

    Celldweller – electronic/rock/metal – the current project of former Circle of Dust/Argyle Park frontman Klayton.

    And thanks to George Marriner Maull, I have returned to enjoying Classical music – http://jondharrison.com/2013/06/10/life-changers-george-marriner-maull/

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Jon, I’m heading over to download the Final Fantasy soundtrack right now. Some epic music came from that series.

      Also, I didn’t know Klayton had a new project out. My brother and I used to listen to Circle of Dust and Argyle Park back in the day. Might be another one to add to the list.

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

        Klayton’s actually built something of an “Empire” – a merch store, his own music label: FiXT, graphic novels, and I am sure you have heard music from his “Soundtracks to the Voices in My Head” – they have been featured in movie trailers for Pacific Rim, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Iron Man, Speed Racer, Spider-man 2 & 3, Silent Hill, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Constantine…to name a few.

        I have never met another COD/AP fan…cool.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          That’s crazy how much he’s done. I didn’t know he’s had music in all of those movies!

          BTW, thanks again for the FF recommendation. Downloaded it this morning and it’s been playing all day.

          • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

            guilt admission: that FF soundtrack has been on my “work rotation playlist” almost since the day it launched.

            “The Impresario” blew my mind.

            • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

              Nice. If you come across any more like the FF soundtrack, I’d love to hear about it.

  • rcsinclair952

    Great article, Joe.

    When dealing with my dad with Alzhemier’s, I used to keep an iPod handy filled with “elevator music” and big band. When he would get agitated, I would put on the “audio opium”. It put him in a better place. it worked every time.

    Right now, (I’m showing my age.), I am listening to anything from the seventies. The more dance-able, the better I like it.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Bob, it’s amazing how music can work and calm others. I’m glad it worked with your dad.

      There’s some fun stuff from the 70′s. No issues there (-:

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I love All Sons & Daughters!

    I’m listening to a lot of Hillsong United and Matt Redman these days.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Nice Jon. I was introduced to Sons & Daughters by the Catalyst team.

      Hillsong United and Matt Redman are both great groups/musicians.

  • http://www.buckleadership.wordpress.com/ Justin Buck

    Great thoughts, Joe! I love how music can change our moods and, sometimes, intensity! I totally agree with you– epic video game soundtracks are often equally epic. Sometimes, I’ll listen to the Diablo series soundtrack; the orchestral and choral performances are incredible!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Justin! Sounds like the Diablo soundtrack could be added to the playlist. I’ll have to check them out. Any other recommendations?

  • http://lorrainemariereguly.wordpress.com/ Lorraine Marie Reguly

    Two weeks ago, I started listening to something, and found that my creative juices started flowing, too! Generally, I don’t listen to much music.

    I’m trying to remember to listen to some every day now.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Fantastic Lorraine!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    I try and have a balance between audio books/lessons and music. It’s amazing how music can touch our soul and heart. Whenever I need inspiration or motivation I listen to one of my favorite songs or genera. I think everyone should have between 10-15 of their favorite songs ready at any given time. Great post bro!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Right on Dan. What’s a couple of your favorite songs at the moment?

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    I love music. It gets me through my day (both good and bad days).
    When I find myself in a funk I usual go back to old hymns I learned as a child. For some reason it feels like going back to my foundation and I’m calmed and energized. I love the new music, but nothing can take the place of those old hymns in my life.