Music as Motivation?

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Music as Motivation? Why not?

We all listen to music while exercising to get us going… why not use it as fuel for other passions? Why not find songs that align with your core values?

Emoto proved molecules are altered by music; restaurants provide music as an aspect of ambiance, as do retail stores. If you’ve attended a live class of mine, you know I always play ambient music in the background. It helps you focus, calms all of us, and makes us all smarter. 🙂


I teach mindfulness about what you listen to when you cook, when you’re at work, and especially when you’re driving.


While most commutes are spent listening to classical music, there are “those mornings” I need uplifting, inspiration, or drivea reminder of why I’m here. On those mornings, there are 3 songs I play back to back (I have a short commute!); I share them with you below, along with one of my favorite musical social commentaries.

The lyrics are below, but it’s music, so the point is to listen to the melody and the vocal expression. Use the written lyrics to understand what they’re saying, especially in the Thievery Corporation song.

These are rock tunes (Thievery is an electronic/world fusion band)—make sure your volume’s appropriate for your location. 😉


Nickleback: If Today was Your Last Day

Incubus: Drive

Muse: Panic Station

Thievery Corporation: Culture of Fear


LYRICS

“If Today Was Your Last Day” – courtesy of AZRyics

 

My best friend gave me the best advice

He said, “Each day’s a gift and not a given right.

Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind

And try to take the path less traveled by.

That first step you take is the longest stride.”

 

If today was your last day

And tomorrow was too late

Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?

Leave old pictures in the past

Donate every dime you had?

If today was your last day

 

Against the grain should be a way of life

What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight

Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try

So live it like you’ll never live it twice

Don’t take the free ride in your own life

 

If today was your last day

And tomorrow was too late

Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?

Leave old pictures in the past

Donate every dime you had?

 

And would you call old friends you never see?

Reminisce old memories

Would you forgive your enemies?

And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?

Swear up and down to God above

That you finally fall in love

If today was your last day

 

If today was your last day

Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?

You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars

Regardless of who you are

So do whatever it takes

‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life

Let nothin’ stand in your way

‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side

 

If today was your last day

And tomorrow was too late

Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?

 

Would you live each moment like your last?

Leave old pictures in the past

Donate every dime you had?

(Would you? Would you?)

 

And would you call old friends you never see?

Reminisce old memories

Would you forgive your enemies?

And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?

Swear up and down to God above

That you finally fall in love

If today was your last day


“Drive” – courtesy of AZRyics

 

Sometimes I feel the fear of the uncertainty stinging clear

And I can’t help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear take the wheel and steer

 

It’s driven me before, and it seems to have a vague

Haunting mass appeal

Lately I’m beginning to find that I should be the one behind the wheel

 

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

With open arms and open eyes, yeah

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there, I’ll be there

 

So if I decide to waiver my chance to be one of the hive

Will I choose water over wine and hold my own and drive, oh oh

It’s driven me before, and it seems to be the way

That everyone else gets around

Lately, I’m beginning to find that when I drive myself, my light is found

 

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

With open arms and open eyes, yeah

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there, I’ll be there

 

Would you choose water over wine, hold the wheel and drive?

 

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

With open arms and open eyes, yeah

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there, I’ll be there


“Panic Station” – courtesy of AZLyrics

 

You won’t get much closer

Until you sacrifice it all (all)

You won’t get to taste it

With your face against the wall (wall, wall)

 

Get up and commit

Show the power trapped within (in, in)

Do just what you want to

And now stand up and begin (uh)

 

Ooh, 1, 2, 3, 4 fire’s in your eyes

And this chaos, it defies imagination

Ooh, 5, 6, 7 minus 9 lives

You’ve arrived at panic station

 

Doubts will try to break you

Unleash your heart and soul (soul)

Trouble will surround you

Start taking some control (-trol)

 

Stand up and deliver

Your wildest fantasy (-sy, -sy)

Do what the fuck you want to

There’s no one to appe-e-ease

 

Ooh, 1, 2, 3, 4 fire’s in your eyes

And this chaos, it defies imagination

Ooh, 5, 6, 7 minus 9 lives

You’ve arrived at panic station

 

Ooh, 1, 2, 3, 4 fire’s in your eyes

And this chaos, it defies imagination

Ooh, 5, 6, 7 minus 9 lives

And I know that you will fight for the duration

Ooh, 1, 2, 3, 4 fire’s in your eyes

And you know I’m not resisting your temptations

Ooh, 5, 6, 7 minus 9 lives

You’ve arrived at panic station


“Culture of Fear” – courtesy of LyricFind

 

Seems to me like they want us to be afraid, man

Or maybe we just like being afraid

Maybe we just so used to it at this point

That it’s just a part of us, part of our culture

Security alert on orange

It’s been on orange since ’01, G

I mean wassup man, can’t a brother get yellow, man

Just for like two months or something

Goddamn, sick of that

Mic check

 

The groom is dead so I’mma rhyme like a lunatic

I do this shit with the non-assuming wit

The corporation caught you up bassing the tempo

My name is Lift Baster intro now let’s go

The flow of life throwing strife into the mix

To the big dark condition and the word is sick

The powers to be, a power in me

To speak of our stress and strife that I see everyday

And more to speak of our culture of fear, it’s up in your ear

They’re telling us terrorists are about to strike

Maybe tonight, right

Let me just back up slowly with critical analysis

Of those who control me

It used to be just had a screen in the crib on the TV

But now we carry screens when we leave

See laptops, smart phones, now we’re never alone

A little affliction I call a media dome

But on the low famine is the programmin’

You want to watch your favorite show because it’s so slammin’

Hold hands and let’s gaze into the beautiful glare

While we’re here so immersed in this culture of fear, fear, fear

 

Yo we fear the IRS, fear the INS, fear God

I’m more afraid of a credit card than a terror squad

But really y’all, we’re suspecting the weapons overseas,

Yet Master Card and VISA won’t allow me to breathe

They deceive the enemy is in the fine print

They assassinate salad with no single assailant

Walls I am stealing to get the view of the blue skies

Beautiful ? trying to survive ?

Representin’ element ahead, a sentiment that you feel

When you know for real

The deal starts with a sparkle moved with a handshake

Physical to alter your subliminal landscape

You leave thinking I can really trust that guy

To be honest with you, you should’ve really punched that guy

Now it’s operation shake-a-banker, thank-you for the loan

See you when you come to repossess my home

Alone at night, sweating of visions of Armageddon

I’ve never seen the threat, yet I feel threatened

Parts of our society designed to smear freedom

 

Don’t succumb to this culture fear

Don’t succumb to this culture fear

Don’t succumb to this culture fear

What are your thoughts?

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