Is it Time to Change Your Station?

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Is it Time to Change Your Station?

During a discussion centered around the fact that the parenting of today has undergone a major change throughout the last several decades, a friend shared the impact his father had made on him:

“When I gave my father trouble he would say to me, ‘What music are you playing?‘”

I wasn’t exactly sure of the significance behind that so he went on to explain that, “It’s not just the words that we say that have meaning, but it’s also how we say them.”

He referenced Psalm 40 from the Bible that says “He put a new song in my mouth” and how sometimes we need to a new song. If we liken ourselves to Pandora or Spotify playing music, then I guess sometimes we need to change the station.

The concept intrigued me, so I researched music in general and unpacked it to see what impact ‘my music’ might be having on those around me. Here are some of the facts I found about music.

Music make plants grow faster.

No, I’m not making this up. Studies really show that plants will grow faster with certain music vibrations and even when they are talked to in a kind voice. That means that it’s not the lyrics or the words being said, but the way it’s being said, or, the ‘music’.

What does this mean regarding the ‘music we are playing?’

Most likely we aren’t going to physically stunt anyone’s growth or help them shoot up several inches with the music we emit; however, we may stunt a relationship, or the opposite, grow someone’s opinion of us due to the music that is flowing from us.

We can also lighten a heavy message by the song that we sing while sharing it. This can apply to not only your personal relationships, but your HR sector as well. How you ‘sing’ to your employees, superiors, and coworkers can have a major effect on your company.

There’s a song by ‘Real Big Fish’ that has fun, jovial music that gets you bopping your head and snapping your fingers, but guess what the lyrics are: “I hate your guts / I think you suck.” Perhaps when you need to initiate a breakup you can play ‘music’ that is friendly and light-hearted to help the experience go as smoothly as possible (but even then, you could still use kinder words!)

Music is linked with memory and attention.

How did you learn the alphabet?

Probaby from a silly song to the same tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” that goes “A, B, C, D, E, F, G…” Even at the age of 2 – before the notion of what a letter really signifies – we could know all 26 letters. Why?

Because the words are put to music. Music is linked with memory and attention. In fact, a Stanford study showed that people who listen to Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major (say that 5 times fast!) were more likely to do better on tests due to the short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as ‘spacial temporal reasoning’.

Another study showed that schools that had music programs in their curriculum had a graduation rate of 90.2% versus only 72.9% graduation rate of those without any music programming.

What does this mean regarding the ‘music we are playing’?

Perhaps there’s a chance that the ‘music’ that other’s hear from us is heard in a way that it might be remembered – or not. Or, is the music so dissonant that they can’t even stand to listen to it?

For instance, if your ‘music’ is coming off in an overly loud and obnoxious way, others may subconsciously — or consciously — tune out. Whatever message you wanted to convey, is lost.

It can have a huge effect on your professional life and business. If you’re opening a new pizza shop and want your branding to attract families and children, but your music is playing ‘Death Metal Pizza‘ by Jared Dines, you may not attract your target market. On the other hand, if you are playing a friendly, catchy tune, your ideal audience is likely to remember you when they’re hungry for pizza.

What music are you playing? Do you need to change the station?

Music affects us physically.

When I was in 8th grade, I did a science project on whether or not music had a physical effect on our bodies. My hypothesis was that it did, and in fact, the results proved that music can physically elevate or decrease our heart rate. We know from legitimate studies as well that music not only changes our pulse, but also can effect our mood, and even our athletic performance!

What kind of music do you listen to at the gym? If you’re expecting a kick butt cardio workout, but you’re listening to classical lullabies, you probably won’t get a good workout. Similarly, if you’re playing Eminem during your yoga class…you get the point.

What does this mean regarding the ‘music we are playing’?

Your music can physically effect people. It can lift them up. It can bring them down.

It can cause them anxiety. It can calm their spirit.

If you’re the kind of friend that is always singing, “Swing low, sweet chariot…,” you’re probably not going to be the most sought after friend, and you’ll have a draining impact on those that do spend time with you.

What music are you playing? Do you need to change the station?

Take a few minutes to evaluate your own life music station, and determine whether you need to change the station.

Have you figured out your station? Is it the music you want to be playing? Do others want to hear your music? Your friends, family, customers, employees, coworkers?

If you realize that you are due for a station upgrade, or, you’re not quite sure and would like to run your personal evaluation through someone else, feel free to apply to work together through one-on-one coaching and let’s work together to refresh your station so that the message you want to convey is streaming through your airwaves!

In the words of Bono, have a “Beautiful Day”!

 

 

 

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