Suggested Uses for “I Am Awake”

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Suggested Uses for “I Am Awake”

When I posted my “Healing Music” essay last week, explaining what drove me to create ambient music, I forgot to include a link to the track.  So here it is on the Spotify.  (You can find it anywhere digital music is served.  Search Pete Droge and look for “I Am Awake.”)

It also dawned on me that many of you may not be avid ambient music fans, so I thought I’d share a couple of ways that I enjoy listening to it.

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Suggested Use #1:  Soundtrack for Mosquito Tasking.

When I gear up to tackle those pesky little mosquito tasks that I’ve been putting off, I play ambient music to set a tone of mellowness.

Brian Eno—who coined the term ambient music—said it should be as ignorable as it is interesting.  So in this use the key is to set the volume low so it’s easy to ignore.  I like it just loud enough to fill the room but not so loud that it draws my attention.

Another way I keep it highly ignorable is to find one track that has the vibe I dig and loop it continuously.  This way I’m not drawn to the music when a new track begins.  This has the added benefit of racking up fractions of pennies into the accounts of my favorite ambient practitioners.  Eno could probably fly to Fiji first class on the streaming income derived from the countless spins in my house.

Plus, I like to ritualize my routines and when I hear my mosquito task music it serves as a cue to let my mind know that it’s time to focus and get things done.  On a side note, David Allen’s book Getting Things Done helped me immensely.  I’m also big into The Pomodoro Technique, so I set a timer when I work.  I’m a total productivity nerd and could blather on about how much I love GTD and my Poms, but I’ll save that for another post.  Look them up.  They’re amazing.

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Suggested Use #2:  Car Wash for the Mind.

This one is simple.  Lay down, get comfortable, close your eyes and listen deeply.  If you start thinking—which I imagine you might—gently return your attention to the music.

When I really sink into this track it feels like a big, soft, slow motion car wash for my mind.  Usually I’ll find that my breathing will relax and slow down, but I don’t really want to be focused on that.  I really want to experience the sound.

For the full car wash effect, I recommend using the best headphones you can get your hands on.  (I love my Sennheiser HD 650s.)  That said, speakers are nice too.

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These are just a couple of ways that I enjoy listening to ambient music.  It’s also great at bedtime.  It pairs nicely with yoga and tai chi.  I even play it sometimes when entertaining, though usually I reach for the old rock and roll for that.

So if you’ve never listened to ambient music, give it a try.  It doesn’t have to be my track, though I would love to visit Fiji one day.  🙂

Peace & Love,

Pete

 

 

By | 2017-10-17T12:50:21+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Ambient|0 Comments