I just discovered this song by Mazzy Star. I love the sound of this song! So simple but moving. It sounds like a country song turned shoegaze. 🤩
Shoe gaze. Dream pop. New gaze. This local Austin radio show has a great variety of music, from loud and fuzzy 🎸 to sweet and melodic. 🎶
Check out this weekly radio show on KOOP Sundays at 10 pm, lovingly put together by my friend and musical auteur, Bluebird.
Also on Mixcloud.
With a little more time to myself right now, it’s good to have reminder that this is not a bad thing. So say two opposing forces: MGMT and Buddah. 🤷🏻♂️
I don’t love all the hedonistic fantasy of the MGMT song Time to Pretend, but the song does rock, and this line stands out:
I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.
And apparently Buddha had given being alone even more thought. 🤔 This video is worth three minutes if you’re feeling lonely.
Here’s a great tribute to New York City as it suffers through the coronavirus.
We are tough but we are tender, and we fucking love our city though it feels impossible sometimes.
Also, as a musician, it was encouraging to hear her say “This took me a whole day to learn.” 🤷🏻♂️
Okay, y’all, consider listening to KOOP. It’s community-driven radio run almost entirely by volunteers. And the show hosts know their sh*t! There’s nothing else like it. 👍
I fight for my meals…” (The Who 🇬🇧 )
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According to research on the effect of music listening on work performance, music can indeed help your brain work better. But it depends what you are listening to.
Classical music, especially baroque, can increased mood and concentration – see Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel 👉example
Not really music, but nature sounds can increase cognitive function and concentration – rain, water, etc. 👉 example
Epic music can inspire you if you’re feeling unmotivated 👉 example
Ambient music can reduce stress (I’m not a huge fan, so no example 🤷🏻♂️😂)
My Own Favs
I also like some of the Apple Music concentration playlists such as Swift Concentration.
And even though it breaks some of the rules above, I just find KUTX relaxing.
Also, Miles Davis. And the Isle of Dogs soundtrack.
Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, and Beige.
Shostakovich: Jazz Suites Nos. 1 – 2 – The Bolt – Tahiti Trot
Also, just any classical waltz music seems to work.
What Doesn’t Work
Not surprisingly, complex musical structure and lyrics don’t help. In fact, they make it harder for you brain to focus. (*Still, I can work to Johny Cash music, probably because it’s so familiar.)
Also, any music may hinder the especially difficult tasks.
And you have to be in the habit of listening to music to make it helpful. If you only do it sometimes, it doesn’t help.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been relying on Apple Music for all my of musical needs. It’s great. It has absolutely every song I ever want to hear, instantly available in my car, while out for a walk, at home, on my laptop. Anything anywhere any time! And I have dozens of my own purpose-built playlists (Springsteen Covers, Dance Party, Garage Rock, more). Plus they provide a ton of their own playlists. (Same for Spotify, I’m sure.)
So online music streaming is perfect, right? Well, yes, but also no. 🤷🏻♂️
My playlists had became too safe and predictable. And it’s weird that I never ever ever listen to the local radio. So today I suddenly had the urge to listen to my favorite local Austin radio station: KUTX. So I streamed it (seriously, I don’t have a radio). And it was great!
KUTX will constantly surprise and delight you with music that you don’t control. I have unwittingly discovered some of very favorite bands here (The XX and Tinariwen for example). And btw, KUTX is a public radio station. No ads or BS. It’s basically a community service by music fans.
If you’re not in the mood straight-up KUTX , which is geared towards indie rock, they have other streams like Old School Dance Party, Eklektikos, a soul and R&B station, a jazz station, and even a kid-friendly indie music station.
This doesn’t mean I’m dropping Apple Music, which is still great when I want music to help me concentrate, or to listen to my favorite album. But I’m glad to remember my old friend KUTX as a way to mix things up a bit.
There needs to be a word for that feeling when you’re really enjoying a song but you can’t wait for it to be over so that you can listen to the next song because you’re really going to enjoy listening to the next song too.
It’s like you want to be able to fast forward though a song and still enjoy it. 🤦🏻♂️