Next is now, world music as the single most potent force in the culture of fusion ... World music-makers are like shamans, carrying us on magic carpets of riffs and melodies through states of consciousness that spin us out of time to lands not yet invented but glimpsed on the aural horizon ... And so we see that music brings us, in the jumping of our cells, from what is past to what is trying to become the future. lt expresses and fulfills our need to hear the spirit in the dark.
(Jean Houston in Jump Time, Sentient Publ. 2004)
Workout Music - It's More Than Just A Good Beat To Dance To
It’s been one of those days—you know, the crazy long kind. You just make it to your door, turn the key in the lock, kick the door open, dump your bag on the ground, slam the door shut, and allow a sigh of relief. Congratulations, you’ve just survived yet another 24 hours in the jungle!
However, since you’re so hale, healthy and just bursting with late-in-the-day energy that you can barely contain your keenness, you jump into your workout clothes, fish your sneakers out from under the couch and go for a brisk 5 mile jog, despite the 35 degree heat, in all likelihood singing as you go.
If you snorted, laughed, or twitched with scorn at that last paragraph, then please, read on. If you read that last paragraph, nodded happily and thought “What a jolly good idea!” please stop reading RIGHT NOW. For the love of all that is sacred to you, go eat a litre of ice cream and a few bags of potato chips so you feel remotely like a normal human again; procrastinating, lethargic, rotund and completely unwilling to do anything.
Despite the best of intentions—and often, regardless of our level of fitness—exercise tends to be the first thing to fall by the wayside when we get busy. The truth is that, by the time we’re done dealing with our everyday stresses, it’s hard to work up the enthusiasm to exercise even if we do know that we’ll feel better for it afterwards.
Endorphins make us feel happy, and exercise increases endorphin levels. It’s a bit of a catch 22, since we don’t tend to exercise when we’re stressed or low on endorphins. If only we could raise those endorphin levels a little before exercise time we might be more inclined to get active.
Well, luckily for us, humanity has a simple, effective, and very common way to enhance energy and mood levels: music. We’ve all had the wonderful experience of enjoying a track with a great rhythm that gets our feet tapping and has us jumping around the house humming along. Likewise, a good workout music cd can get us up and active when we’re feeling a bit lethargic and unmotivated.
Great didgeridoo dance music:
Doo it! Maxximixx by Yomano and Meurer
Shakey by Charlie McMahon & Gondwana
Aside from the emotional benefits that come with listening to music, it also has a very real physical effect. Certain varieties of music, like drumming mixes and rhythmic beats are believed to help increase respiration and heart rate during aerobic workouts. Music also serves as a distraction from discomfort and from that strong desire to jog only as far as the fridge and have a beer instead.
The right playlist can get you up, keep your spirits up, and then act as a relaxant when it’s time to chill out. Everybody’s taste in music is unique and so most people prefer a compilation of a range of artists and songs in a nice mix that builds up to a quick pace and then, when it’s time to wind up, helps you simmer down. By creating high energy workout music mix cd with enough variety to make sure that you won’t get tired of your playlists, Music Mosaic make at least that part of your workout easy.
If dancing around the house with a mop is your favourite form of exercise and music appreciation then you’ll also find some great dance mixes that will have you boogying with the vacuum. Fair warning though, your neighbours may decide that there is a dance party happening and decide to call the cops (just kidding.. I hope!).
Hearing the same old songs that are flogged by local radio stations day after day can be almost as tiring as the actual workout. This is where the lesser-known, independent little record labels can be a saving grace.
Music Mosaic produces a trance dance workout music cd that is much more than just a beat to bounce along to; every song in the compilation is a musical work of art utilising multi-cultural ensembles, world-beat and world fusion to create a truly unique sound. The music is entertaining and enjoyable in its own way, it’s not just there just to be a noise in the background.
Whether you’re partying with friends, exercising, or just enjoying music for the sheer fun of it, smaller labels that demonstrate a vision appropriate for our time can really liven up and enhance your experience.
In this age of desk jobs, fast food and lifestyle illnesses, such as diabetes and obesity, exercise of all sorts is more important than ever. It doesn’t have to be a pain. Grab your Ipod or portable CD player, fill it with songs that get your feet moving, and go for broke!
Great drum dance music:
Talking Drums by Ariel Kalma
|Fire Drums By Ariel Kalma & Kamal Engels|
|Watch on YouTube: Drumming Planet||Watch on YouTube: Fire Drums|