While some enjoy the comfort of silence, I am definitely not one of those people. Silence makes me uncomfortable to be honest. I continuously need music through-out my day to create flow and keep me trekking on with my tasks (and it helps to boost my mood and energy levels too!). Whether it’s at home, at work or on a plane headed somewhere, the tunes are no doubt on.
Growing up in the rural country, the ambient street noise of a busy city was always absent. We were lucky if we heard a car driving by honk or heard the local train whistle a few kilometers away. The closest thing to background noise was the sound of the trees in the wind or a few kids playing down the street. All we had was the radio, record player or TV, and it was the classic oldies tunes that won nearly every time. As a child of a baby boomer parent, I was exposed to A LOT of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s growing up and still often prefer it over some of today’s “top 20 hits”. Classics like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Lighthouse, Elton John, Neil Young, AC/DC, The Who, Jodi Mitchell, Heart, Queen and others rocked the speakers at my house and the sound system in the car. These songs had meaningful lyrics, rhythm and a beat that made you want to sing along. Even as a teen, if I tried to change the station for a change of scenery, my mom would usually trump me and turn it back to the classics.
Into my late public school and high school years, I of course adopted more of the modern age of music (Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Pink, TLC, Usher and many others) when starting to adopt and develop peer relationships in order to keep up with my social circles. Moving into university, I found lyrical songs distracting for working and studying and often opted for ambient/relaxation mixes to help me focus (and still listen to them now at work and often when blogging). Music can change your mood so easily, especially when that perfect song comes on that changes the outlook of your entire day; music can enhance how you are feeling, drastically change your mood and bring emotions to the surface that you didn’t realize you were holding back.
My playlist of today consists of classic tunes as well as modern favourites, a few current and indie picks, and typically non-lyrical chill, trance or EDM (electronic dance music) and epic/movie music mixes – and mostly found on YouTube. Although I have never been a fan of rap or twangy county tunes myself, to each their own. Below I have included a few of my favourites, which I hope you will give a try and explore similar tunes by the same artist (and maybe even add to your daily dose of playlists).
I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.