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Sounds and silence

A few decades ago, the group Simon and Garfunkel produce the classic rock mixed in with some elements of folk with the song "The Sounds of Silence". It speaks of the peaceful quality that comes with being in a calmer space and place. The sounds are of a more soothing, calm, and peaceful nature, as alluded to in the phrase, "Peace, be still". Even in the midst of peace and quiet, the sounds we hear are far from the hustle and bustle that comes with our routines of the day.

Fast forward and today, there are still spaces and places that can provide people with a sense of calm and serenity. However, at times, you may not be able to find that space and place of absolute silence; in this case, there's something you can do in order to partially cut yourself off from others, yet find a rhythm and vibe that can feed the creative juices and energy which is the source of your ideas, actions, and related positive and productive tendencies.

Yes, you can unplug and plug in at the same time.

Be it at your desk, your office, the coffeehouse, or other space and place, your smartphone can be a saving grace. Plug in your headphone, ear-buds, or other device, find some mood music stored on your phone or through platforms including Pandora, Spotify, or Soundcloud, and you are essentially good to go. You are still immersed, yet slightly separated from others. You are able to "catch the beat" yet still get your ideas and thoughts together for the next great project or action item mapped out and as well put together as possible.

Granted, it's not a good idea to do so while you are driving, or riding a bike, or sitting in the classroom, or other areas. However, the concept of helping be in a relaxed yet focused setting is one that many can associate with. Combined with the scientific notation of how music can help, ranging from application of items that are associated with math, science, and creativity to the fact that sometimes, you simply need to hear a different voice; if it's bouncing to the beat of the Notorious BIG or other sounds of hip-hop, or just relaxing to the sounds of John Coltrane's "In a Sentimental Mood" or any other music genre of your preference that helps you get your energy up or just in a calmer state of being, music can have a certain kind of meaning other than the standard art appreciation or just having you escape from the rigors of the day.

It can help you escape and be in a different space and place that can be positive, powerful, and productive, ranging from your business to personal pursuits. Even that sounds quite strong in light of the relative noise or silence.

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