Remember Calista Flockhart in all her skeletal glory dancing through the halls of the law firm that made you want to get a law degree? Ally McBeal wasn’t the first time that I realized I live my life according to a theme song but years later in my professional life it remains a front of mind inspiration.
I love theme songs. Sound kitschy? Too bad. I’m an avid music lover so it only makes sense that I make it a part of my career. I always have a song for my day. There are times when I realize that I’ve been listening to the same song all day having subconsciously chosen the mood and the magic for the day. I was walking through the mall once and I swear Robin Thicke was behind me singing, When I Get You Alone…”because you walk pretty because you talk pretty…”, trust me it’s a confidence booster!
My passion for music doesn’t allow me to discriminate among genres except to say that old school country wouldn’t be my first choice, however, browse through my collection and you couldn’t identify my race or regional origin, nor should it matter. If I built a Motivational playlist for my early morning prospecting it would include Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”, Pistol Annie’s “Hell On Heels”, Rev Theory’s “Hell Yeah”, and Jay-Z (and company) “Run This Town”. I don’t care who’s singing it I’m just looking for a push. A lot of these songs are great when working out as well.
During my research hour (early morning or late afternoon) I might pump nothing but hardcore rap music or anything off of the Punk Goes Pop albums (check out the Mercy Alive remake of Mercy (Kanye West) below–yeah that happens.
Music is an emotional driver, no doubt about it, so be careful what you ask for. I stay away from my Grey’s Anatomy playlist during the day because emo music doesn’t offer the energy that I’m looking for but if I were an artist in a studio I might opt for it.
What track gets you amped throughout the day or has a pull on your mood (good, bad or indifferent?)