Motivation Music


A fellow writer on Twitter asked what everyone was doing Saturday. My response was, “if I can get my @ss motivated, I will be writing a week’s blog posts, choosing my Sunday read, and cleaning my house.”


His response was, maybe try music as motivation. I laughed and said good idea, though I didn’t actually follow through, (nor did I get much done!) but his suggestion did give me an idea.


Music is a great motivator. Oh, not in the sense of get a job, or study hard but in the move a little faster, or the opposite, be still, or get cozy with a lover? Music excels.

On my Spotify, I have several playlists named for their functions in my life. When I worked in grocery, I was half of a team that ran the health and beauty/organic/specialty sections of the store. We did the inventory, ordering, and stocking.


It was usually a slow-paced sort of job and my default speed when working a physical job is high. Because the job was hourly, my colleagues weren’t happy if the job was finished before their clock out time, so I had to learn to slow down; and I had a playlist to achieve that.


Old Time Radio shows like The Whistler, CBS Mystery Hour, Escape, and Stars on Suspense were stories I could get lost in and keep my pace sedate. Then, I was asked to take a special assignment doing store resets. That required energy and my usual high speed.


My Reset playlist is filled with classic rock; think Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band “Live Bullet” album or Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust. I also love the music of my teens, so you’ll find lots of 80’s songs, ABC anyone?


Music is a mood enhancer; it is a motivator to move. In my current work in progress, Broken Chords, Book 2 in the Cosmic Café Adventures, I have the main character on a rock and roll themed cruise ship. The story is full of mystery, mischief, and mayhem; can we lay that at the door of music also?

How does music motivate you? What types of music do you use to motivate.



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