What occurred to me, as I autopiloted down the road, fascinated by the conversation, was that yes, music has been balm to me so many times, but it has also helped me focus. I'm not sure I realized it at the time, but when I studied as a high school student and undergrad, I usually had my earphones strapped on to my head. I didn't strictly listen to instrumental pieces, like you'd think, although I had a George Winston/Windham Hill syrupy sad music period in the late 80s. In college, I turned to the repetitive rhythm of Philip Glass and swear that I owe him the "A" I received on my Modern British Lit final paper. Often I found the more boisterous the music, the better I could focus, especially on math.
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Speed up time to the present and I realize that I still use music to help me concentrate. If I have a tedious task ahead of me, say folding laundry or cleaning the fridge, there is nothing like slamming in the Iggy Pop and playing that shit loud. I find that I get the job done quickly and efficiently. Sometimes I even enjoy it a little. And sometimes the neighbors might see me violently shaking my head to the beat through the windows.
So basically, I've been self-medicating for years . . . on music.
Do you have a particular song or album that helps you focus or cope? What it is?