It’s fun to experiment with background music while working. Vocal music can be distracting, so I usually stick with instrumentals.
Today I tried an “Epic Movie Soundtracks” playlist. These are different from other movie soundtracks because they’re just instrumentals—usually Modern Classical—that create mood behind the scenes. That’s as opposed to Julie Andrews wailing on about how alive the hills are. But, the operative word here is: MOOD.
During the first half hour it felt like I was under siege. Constantly being chased… heart rate increased… paranoia off the charts. And very stressful. Need to slow it down.
Thankfully, the next seven minutes were slower. But they brought on an overwhelming sense of impending doom. What colossal catastrophe happened here? I was afraid to look out the window for fear the city was gone. This isn’t working either. Moving on…
The next four minutes had me wistfully gazing off the front of a large ship. A ship that was about to hit an iceberg, perhaps. Possibly in the early 1900s. I knew what movie this was from, but that didn’t stop me from quietly reflecting on my life—because it was about to end. Abruptly. With a splash.
Needless to say, I wasn’t getting any work done. And yet it felt like I’d been through the wringer. Experiment: Fail.
Next up: Drums & Bass Playlist…