National Blog Posting Month – January 2013 – Energy
Prompt – What is your favourite song that gives you energy?
A song that gives me energy… Wow. That’s a toughie.
There’s no one song that gives me an energy boost. At least not one that I can think of. I do have a playlist on my iPod called ‘SOS’ that I put on when I need some energy. I like to listen to it when I workout (if I’m not using a workout video). It’s full of songs that have a solid beat that I can sing along to. I like to listen to it when I’m driving.
In fact, last time I drove out to Wyoming (three days of driving) I had two students in the car with me and we listened to the SOS playlist the whole way. One of my students called it ‘epic playlist.’ She loved it. I took that as a compliment, given that I’m old enough to be her mother, yet am somehow hip enough to have music that a student of mine might like.
When I reflect back, there was a time in my student career when I relied entirely upon music for energy. Somewhere during the writing process of my dissertation, I developed severe acid reflux. I had heartburn for five weeks straight. It was horrible! I had to abandon caffeine completely, but I still needed to maintain some energy to get my work done. That year I listened to the same Blink 182 album (Enema of the State) on repeat hundreds if not thousands of times. It was perfect: completely raucous and energizing, but so simple as to not be distracting. It got to a point that the music would get stuck in my head and I couldn’t sleep. It was equally as effective as any amount of caffeine consumption I’ve done in the past. To this day, I’ll pop it in if I need some energy. (Strangely, though, none of those songs are in my SOS playlist! Go figure.)