Olive on the sofa in the casita.
Have you heard about the power of music and the need for a theme song? I read an article by my favorite Wall Street Journal columnist Elizabeth Bernstein called “You Need a Personal Theme Song: A beloved song can pump us up and get us through tough tasks.”
Here’s a snippet:
Ms. Smith has been singing the song for decades at times when she needs an extra boost of courage or energy. The science supports her habit. Listening to a beloved song can help us manage our emotions and focus on the task at hand. It can also help us access what psychologists call our autobiographical memory, or personal history.
“It reminds us who we are and helps us stay focused on who we want to be,” says Daniel Levitin, a cognitive neuroscientist, who studies how music affects the brain.
Music can inspire us and spur creativity. If its beat is faster than our heartbeat, it can fire us up and make a difficult task feel easier, says Dr. Levitin, who was a session musician, sound engineer and record producer before becoming a scientist, working with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Blue Öyster Cult. A more sedate tempo can help slow our heart and respiration rate down.https://www.wsj.com/articles/be-more-like-rocky-balboa-have-a-theme-song-8fb96c27?mod=life_work_lead_pos3
What would my theme song be? I listened to several songs I love and I think I need more than one theme song depending on the moment. The article agreed with this point:
Have more than one personal anthem
Your goals, challenges and moods change throughout your day and throughout your life. Your theme song should change with them.
“Music is functional,” says Dr. Rogers. “You have a need. And you want to choose music that fulfills it.”
Another person interviewed in the article said he started each day with his theme song. I may add that to my morning routine.
Below are two of my personal theme songs. What they have in common is they are laid back, soft and have beautiful lyrics. They are also songs I listened to in my teen years. I think the soothing melodies help me stay calm when I am anxious.
Castles in the Air written and sung by Don McLean
Disney Girls sung by Art Garfunkel, written by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys
One of my favorite lines in Disney Girls is:
It’s not for me.
And it makes me laugh.”
I hope you take a few minutes to listen to my theme songs or read the lyrics.
What would you choose as a personal theme song and why?