Roy said something once I already intuitively knew but hadn’t thought about so succinctly when he said:
“Control the music. Control the room.”
Music is a mood selection device – even if we don’t know the words to the songs.
I’m getting ready to get back on the road for a few speaking engagements. I insist on controlling the music as people enter and leave the venue. I do this for three reasons:
- It focuses and fires me up.
- The rhythms and tempos set the tone. They set a mood and energy in the room before I start speaking.
- Awkward silences stink.
So, here’s mine. Here’s my pre show music for 2012.
It’s about 90 minutes long. I like being at the venue and set up early when possible.
However, I also know that if I start with Talking Heads (#11), I have forty minutes of music. If I start with Lyle’s “Church” (#13), I have thirty. Those are perfect, even times to countdown to showtime.
That’s where I learned all this – show business. I did theater for ten wonderful years – including sound design. I learned how to set the tone for both cast and audience.
So – this is my pre show soundtrack. Post show, I reverse the order – starting with a live version of John Prine’s “Picture Show.”
What’s your soundtrack?
What’s the music of your life today?
If you were speaking at an event today like I am, what would be the last song we hear before you come on stage?
Why that song?
I always like the ‘why.’
I think it’s part of the reason I get to speak to others so often.
Like John Prine says in “Picture Show” … A young man … from a small town … with a very large imagination …