Mozart and the Foo Fighters

Jan 19, 2015

I’m very interested in research on the brain, and how this relates to my brain in particular.

 I read recently that studies show listening to Mozart syncs the brain waves in the same way as deep meditation does, stimulating thinking, etc. - I’ve tried the Mozart thing (thank you Pandora!) I guess I could say that I felt more relaxed but it didn’t really seem to rev my engine. 

The other morning however, I had a rather enlightening epiphany –- I was driving along rockin' out to Pandora, my Foo Fighters radio channel playing when one of my favorites, “Times Like These” comes on. I’ve always had the ability to recognize a favorite song within 3 beats of the opening melody so I immediately reached down and cranked her up. I can feel the music deep in my chest, I realize I have a big happy, goofy “this is what I look like when nobody’s watching” grin on my face. I’m singing, and dreaming of singing on stage at the very same time. I can feel the exhilaration of the stage experience. At the same time I noticed my mind is flooded with powerfully compelling images of creative things I want to do. Blog articles I want to write ( I panic slightly when I realize how profound I think I’m thinking -- I think I need to write all this shit down, quick) and I have a very strong premonition, I  feel the exhilaration of where this is going take me, my mind flooded with countless possibilities and directions I want to explore. At the very same time, on another level down in my consciousness, I’m astounded to realize that I am also thinking about food! Not that I’m hungry mind you, I had a satisfying breakfast not 20 minutes ago. No, this is all about my journey with food and cooking - experimenting with foods that I’ve yet to prepare, sharing a meal in the company of family and dear friends  - the joy and wonderment of exploring new foods with new wines.

There’s all this food centric future angst, and then I realize that on yet another level a little further down, I am actually formulating a Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah blend (I’m literally thinking percentages here!) –- I’m dreaming, no, no scheming -- to produce my own version of the storied Chateauneuf-du-Pape produced near Avignon in southern France. I can see this new wine is revolutionary, unconventional, pure, authentic and unbounded by the constraints of tradition.

 I impulsively reach down and crank her up some more - the louder the music, the heavier the guitars, the more creative I feel - the deeper down I get, the wider my silly grin! I’m smiling, it’s blowing and raining like it’s a hurricane or something and I’m having the freaking time of my life!

Maybe everybody does this sort of thing but I can’t help but marvel at the power of the human mind.

I’m driving, singing, dreaming of singing, writing articles in my head, even holding planning sessions in my mind about foods and wines that I want to create and enjoy and I’ve only had a single cup of coffee! How many levels of consciousness is this? Am I capable of even more? Does this happen all the time and I just don’t notice it?

I don’t know about Mozart, but I’ll take Foo Fighters for now - I’m singing along with them now - I sing ‘I’m a new day rising - it’s times like these that you learn to live again, it’s times like these you give and give again, it’s times like these you learn to love again, it’s time like these time and time again”.

Amped up, highly motivated, truly exhilarated and genuinely glad to be alive, I ease my car into my parking space and trek over to the office to start another workday.

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