About morning routines and what my taste in music has to do with it

It’s early in the morning, around 7:00 AM. Time to rise and shine. I’ve been reading a lot about morning routines lately. That it’s extremely important to develop one because it influences your day significantly.

Might be.
But the term “morning routine” is, in my opinion, publicly distorted. Distorted because the only acceptable routine seems to be getting up at 4:30 AM to run a marathon before having breakfast for 1 hour before starting to do all business affairs from 7:00 AM onward.

I don’t really believe in that. Getting up early to seize the day is important and good, but for me that means between 6:00 and 7:00 AM, not in the middle of the night. Also, I do sports in the evening as compensation for the day. I usually go to bed between 11 and 12 PM and I need at least 7 hours of sleep. Of course that can differ in case of certain events etc. but exceptions prove the rule.

Anyway, it’s 7:00 AM and I begin turning up my music station. The one manufactured by NOXON, that looks like a pyramid and gets confused by most people with some kind of decoration. If you now think, that I’m listening to the radio or some cuddle music you couldn’t be more wrong. AC/DC, Sabaton or Gloryhammer are blasting out the speakers with max. volume. Other Bands I love listening to are: Led Zeppelin, The Who, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Powerwolf…
I could continue this list for quite some time.

What a lot of people, including a lot of my peers, experience as outdated or “bad music” is pure art and highest relaxation for me. I see more in that music than just a sequence of sounds. I see the creative creation process, the virtuosity and the jam sessions the band members had back in the days, that led to masterpieces like “Stairway to Heaven”, “Enter Sandman” or “Highway to Hell”. Metal Hymns like “The Last Stand” by Sabaton fill me with power, self confidence and elan for the day, while the carefree lyrics of AC/DC songs just make me smile. It is a good deflection of the massive sorrow etc. you are confronted with in the news everyday.

My biggest musical inspiration though, is not one of the above listed bands. It’s the band, that is unrivaled by any other solo artist, band or musical act. I’m talking about the band around the immortal David Gilmour and the as famous Roger Waters – Pink Floyd. There is no musical artwork in which I can get as lost and as free as in “The Dark Side of the Moon”. Until today, I think it is by far the record with the greatest concept, and the most impressive collaboration of musicians ever made.

As much as I love the described kind of music – I really can’t stand the majority of today’s chart and club music. Everything what makes great music is missing in current records. The artificial, repetitive and dull music that dominates the charts today is symbolic of the chilling and dulling of the society that hears it. I stopped trying to distinguish records from Avicii, Martin Garrix or whatever their names are, because it all kind of sounds the same to me.

Unsurprisingly, the people I get along best with and with whom I’m having the most interesting discussions are the ones, who share my taste in music.

The taste in music is way more than just a small side information about somebody. I believe, that you can discover a lot about a persons’ traits by analyzing his or her music taste. Moreover, there are studies that show, that some personal traits can be interlinked with music taste. An example is, that Heavy Metal and Rock listeners often have very calm minds – a connection that, regarding the terms, can seem surprising in the first moment, right?

And that’s just one example. One can find a lot more about that in the world wide web.

In this spirit: Rock on!

Kind regards

Luca


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