When I was younger I was obsessed with music and the people who created and performed it. I would read interviews from anybody who wanted to comment on how to perform and compose. I was fascinated by where the energy and inspiration came from.
One particular interview I remember reading was with now former Van Halen singer, Sammy Hagar. He said, for him rock n'roll was like a doctor and when he would have a cold or the flu or something on the road, he could still perform. That first chord was all he needed to hear to get him pumped-up and forgetting about all the things that were dragging him down whether it was a cold or the flu, or just life itself. That quote really resonated with me and it still does.
I believe in the therapeutic nature of music and its ability to change our moods, alter our perceptions, and lift us up when we're feeling down. Well now there's a new book out that speaks right to that phenomenon. It's a book that will have others like me thinking they should have written about it before now.
"Your Playlist Can Change Your Life: 10 Proven Ways Your Favorite Music Can Revolutionize Your Health, Memory, Organization, Alertness and More", is a new publication by Joseph Cardillo, Don DuRousseau, and Galina Mindlin that speaks right to what I was talking about above.
More specifically, the book addresses the issue of our playlists and the interaction they have with the emotions. It's like a step by step guide for strategically designing playlists that can enhance our performance on various tasks throughout the day. Whether it's getting more restful sleep or finding more energy to shake-off the mid afternoon grogginess that challenges us to get excited about our work, the authors say music can help.
I think this book is a must read for any music fan. Let's see what people on Twitter are saying about the text:
I knew people would be excited about it. I can't wait to read the book. I don't think there will be any surprises for me, but it's still worth reading. Hopefully many others will do the same.