MUSIC MOTIVATES!1!1!

Undoubtedly I’m not the only human with a playlist of my favourite tracks that I listen to everyday, whether walking/taking the train/bus.  My ‘favs’ playlist is updated about as frequently as there arnt delays on the tube, but I’ve put this down to the fact that the majority of songs are classics – the likes of Pixies ‘Where Is My Mind’, The Velvet Underground’s ‘Sweet Jane’ and The Hollies ‘Bus Stop’ have sat in my bank of much-loved tracks for a long time. Newer additions include Catfish & The Bottlemen’s ‘Tyrants and Trippin’, The Libertine’s ‘Gunga Din’ and Cage The Elephant’s ‘Aberdeen’.

So in a slight bUrSt of enthusiasm (and because revision isn’t happening) here are some of the great benefits to listening to music whilst walking and out and about – a theme stemming from procrastination at its finest, but hopefully a short, pleasant read nonetheless!

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Farewell sad thoughts – maybe I’m just making the most of my last few months as a teenager (cue 20 years old.. *responsibilities*) but if I’m on my own for a long period of time I start, for no reason whatsoever, thinking about life and feeling incredibly sorry for myself. HOWEVER, the plot twist here is that when I listen to music my mood not only changes in 0.5 seconds, making me feel like a petulant child for formerly fostering the attitude of a 13 year old, but I also feel more motivated to remain positive. Of course this depends on the type of music you’re listening to – as much as I worship the Queen, listening to any Adele album could be considered a fatal move if you experience common ‘pitiful episodes’ as myself. So here are some of my ‘pick-me-up’s’ – they actually sit in a category each because my mood swings have a scale of 1-1000.

The world is wonderful pick-me-up:  ‘Beauty In The World’ – Macy Gray

I want out of this degree/job/queue in Starbucks:  ‘Everybody’s On The Run’ – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

My reflection in that car was NOT what I saw 5 minutes ago in the mirror:   ‘I’ – Kendrick Lamar

My boss was mean to me: ‘Roll With It’ – Oasis

This train is sizzling, I neeeeed a holiday:  ‘Summer Breeze’ – The Isley Brothers

I’d rather sit and wait for the new GOT season than go out tonight:  ‘Let’s Dance’ – David Bowie

I’ve never been to Hawaii, I must go there someday: Anything by The Beach Boys

♫ Time ♪ Goes ♫ By ♪ So ♫ Slowly ♪ Your journey becomes a matter of songs, not minutes or miles. It’s the small things in life that bring happiness – super noodle discounts in Tesco, the bus arriving just as you do, Nigel Farage failing to make it into power and knowing that by the time you’ve played 5 of your beloved melodies you will have arrived at your destination (I’m aware this is my deluded logic and in all probability is not a generic thing). Even when walking from A to B it’s pleasantly surprising how quickly time passes – not that I go out of my way to walk anywhere but I hear it’s an effective time passer. I’m not suggesting that on every journey it’s necessary to pass the time so quickly; sometimes it’s nice (and bloody necessary) to take a minute and BREATHE – assisted by the pacifying chords of smooth jazz or the sounds of nature… some say.

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Although, there isn’t anything much worse than pulling into your drive and your song starts playing on the radio… I can’t be the only one who remains in my seat until the song is over – the next time that same song will come on will most likely be in 20 years on the future Radio 2.

Until then… ADD IT TO YOUR PLAYLIST!

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