Do you have music playing while reading this? How is your choice of music affecting how you feel right now? Are you feeling relaxed and want to read something light? Are you moved to dance to the music? Do you read/work faster when you listen to music with a faster tempo? Are you someone who sings along to the music (and know every lyric)? Are songs with lyrics distracting when you need to do work (and you play only instrumentals during those times) or is your concentration the same with any type of music?
After the two big wet kisses of the first two tracks, “The Dress” comes in as the emotionally alienating wicked comedown. As if in a distant dream Makino sings I love you less…now that I know you The stark reality of heartbreak continues with the clashing lies and clashing thighs in Spring and film By Summer Fall which sees guitarist Amadeo Pace take lead with vocals and a brilliant and economical riff that rips through the atmospherics.
Yes he pursued you. Yes he expressed his desire efficiently and convincingly in the beginning, but once in a relationship, black men tend to retreat to safety. It’s part of our conditioning. The vulnerability that we feel is juxtaposed with the strength (a.k.a “swagger”) that we superficially display. Unfortunately, we don’t know when to drop it, or display it in a different manner (e.g., with compassion, tenderness, or empathy). Have you ever heard someone say, “He’s got a compassionate swagger?” Of course not. Swagger is all about confidence and strength. It protects us from other men, and makes us desirable to women. We just have to be programmed to know when it’s appropriate and safe to be swaggerless.
11. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson is one of Jackson’s most critically-acclaimed songs that hit number one and was re-released in the UK after his death.
The popularity of Easy Rider reinvigorated the Byrds’ career. The band had gone through many personnel changes since the mid-1960s, when the group had hits like “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Eight Miles High.” By 1969, record sales had dropped off.
This is a Scottish ballad of which twenty-four versions survive and which dates back to the 17th century. It tells the oft-retold story of the “cruel sister”. One sister drowns the other in order to marry the sister’s man for herself, and her bones are found and made into a harp, which sings the truth about the murder. It is interesting that the Baebes chose to record it as an instrumental piece. For those who know it, the words hover behind the music, like the subtle voice of a murdered girl singing her truth after death.
L.L. is a master of the Hip-Hop love song. First of all, as his name indicates, Cool J gets much love from the ladies. But he lived up to their appeal and developed a reputation for writing and performing romantic, heartfelt songs about love and relationships. The lyrics to many of L.L.’s love songs could have been sung as R&B songs by Marvin Gaye or Luther Vandross without any reservation. L.L. knows how to make the kind of songs that will have mass appeal to the ladies regardless of race, age or geography.
Your company’s culture holds a lot of power. Listen to what it’s saying. If it’s getting your organization to dance, that’s great. Otherwise, it may be time to switch to a different soundtrack so you can use your unique organizational culture to gain a competitive advantage.