Saturday, May 2, 2009

The music sounds better with you...

My sense of smell is extremely acute. Aside from using it for the obvious, it also acts as a trigger. What the hell does that mean? Well, scents instantly transport me to another time and place in my life. For example, the cologne Eternity For Men reminds me of a guy that I was obsessed with when I was 15. Every time I smell it, I'm back at a party in the Jemez Mountains making out with him on the back of a truck. Music has a similar effect on me. I can hear the beginning cords of a guitar riff and then instantly, I'm lost in the depths of my own mind or reminiscing. Music is my magic carpet ride. I really don't know what I'd do without it.

I don't care where you are or what you're doing, if you hear music you like, you're instantly happy. On the opposite end, if you hear music you hate it can agitate or upset you. It can conjure up just about any emotion whether you want it to or not. I can't tell you how many times I've walked out of fitness classes because the instructor had zero idea of how pick music for the masses. It truly effects so many aspects of my life, at home, in the car (lord knows it's where Angelenos spend most of their time), at work, in a restaurant, at a bar, etc. I get goosebumps when I hear certain songs, how amazing is that!!! And why is it that we get such pleasure from sharing music we like with other people? My theory is that you're spreading a little joy to someone else, like giving them a gift that could possibly change their life as much as it has yours.

I like to place music into these "categories" for different occasions. Example: I have my "late night driving music," its very introspective for those times driving on the 10 freeway, up PCH or on the windy parts of Sunset Blvd stretching from Pacific Palisades to Beverly Hills. There is my "work" music which is a perfect backdrop for when I need to focus and get stuff done but need a little positive boost to hit peak performance. Then of course there's "workout" music which is a necessity for running and any intense fitness class. "Sex" music isn't used for the act per se but rather to describe an overwhelming feeling of wanting to rip someone's clothes from their body or ravish them. My "calming" music helps to relax or talk myself down from the road rage that makes me want to punch someone in the face : ). Break-up music, no explanation needed on that one. My lists go on and on but its a little insight into the way my mind works.

I've said on numerous occasions "It's weird, I never thought I'd end up working in the music industry." Now what's really weird about that statement is that it's not weird at all! I love music and always have. One of my first memories is sitting on my basement floor and watching the video for "Hey Mickey" by Toni Basil. I was hooked! Who are they crazy cheerleaders dancing around the screen? MTV pretty much ruled my life from that point on. I always thought I was gonna be an VJ but because of the amazing music that a little radio station called Indie 103.1 played, I decided that being a DJ would be equally as great. Clearly I was right on that call. The last 3 years have been nothing short of amazing and I'm grateful for each and every day. I don't think there will ever come a time in my life where music will fall by the wayside. If they're making it, I'll consume it and then share it.