Patience With Inner Musician

What’s On Your “Get Pumped” Playlist?

Patience With Inner MusicianWhat gets you pumped? What do you listen to?

I started thinking about my “go to” music playlist after reading an article on One of the newer members of the team, running back Freddy Jackson, offered up the five songs that get him pumped up for game time.

Jackson, who will wear no. 22, likes a bit of variety with his pregame routine, incorporating a healthy mix of hip-hop and rock-and-roll. What it takes to get the blood flowing.

Here’s a look at five songs that help get Jackson going on gameday (warning: explicit lyrics):

1. Can’t be Touched – Body Head Bangerz
2. Pledge Allegiance – T.I. feat. Rick Ross
3. My Name – Xzhibit feat. Eminem & Nate Dogg
4. Centuries – Fall Out Boy
5. Same Damn Time (Remix) – Future feat. Diddy, Ludacris

I started thinking about the music I listen too. What inspires me for game time? True, I don’t have to hit the field running and face off against opponents looking to wipe me out. However, my muse can dodge tackles or run down the clock like the best of them.

I think my playlist is really about establishing the start time for unleashing my creative juices. It is a signal that says, “Here we go. It’s go time.” A few songs, some air drumming and my muse decides to slip into the driver seat. It’s my writing ritual.

So, in honor of Jackson’s list and the start of NFL, here five songs from my my “get pumped, get writing” list (links to YouTube songs/videos):

  1. More Than a Feeling – Boston
  2. She Said – Unwritten Law
  3. Diddley Daddy – Chris Issac
  4. Ain’t Waitin – Justin Townes Earl
  5. Rolling All Night – Terminal Station

It’s a friendly mix of rock, country, blues and classics. It’s mostly about the stories told in the songs.

What gets you pumped? Ready to tackle your day? Do you have a playlist? Should you?

— Weegee



Does Saying It Out Loud Make It a Fact?

Change Your Dialogue

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” –Lao Tzu

My dad passed away on February 11, 2013. For the longest time, I could not communicate verbally. I would hint about it, tearing tearing up halfway through the sentence. In fact, I often just let the other person put two and two together without having to say the words — my father died.

In my mind, I have always thought that voicing something made it true. Words spoken would make it fact. Something that can’t be fixed, altered or taken back.

My father’s death was one of them. There have been many examples. Breakups. Divorce. Job loss. I was afraid to talk about them. That once I have spoken about them, they will forever define me.

While there were areas I hesitated, there were others I was a bit to open about. I allow myself to make statements about what I can’t do, afraid to do or won’t. I find myself verbally declaring things like:

  • “I’m so socially awkward.”
  • “I hate small talk.”
  • “I suck at math.”
  • “I’m impatient.”

Am I discrediting myself? Locking it in as fact? Worse, am I creating an impression in other’s minds that can’t be altered? Taken back? Rewritten?

How does one rewrite their story?

Life isn’t lived with absolutes. We rarely “never” or “always” anything. Perhaps I should start by rephrasing what I see as negatives or limitations so they are more hurdles and not walls separating me from what I can become.

With my dad, I still have a hard time with the words. But saying them has given me a path towards healing. Perhaps voicing our thoughts just lays the groundwork for our development. Instead of stating and forgetting, use it as the launching point to alter our future. The chance to evaluate our path.

I can learn to enjoy small talk . . . I can.

There is a difference between feelings and fact. There is a difference between current history and what the future could hold. Saying something doesn’t have to become the end all be all on how we see ourselves. We have the power to change. We have the power to develop.

Use your voice to lift yourself up.