Feelings about music dominate many of my business conversations.
Feelings are how music conveys meaning, how music does its magic.
What do I mean? Let me tell you a story. Here we are, entertaining at a casual cocktail party in Morgan Hill. Thanks to Jordan River Productions for the nice photo.
Nearly every day I help people select music for their weddings and parties.
Before the band entertains at any party, I discuss with the host what music will set the perfect mood. For the entire event, as well as for the special landmarks — welcomes, toasts, announcements, awards, entrance of guests of honor, farewells, etc.
These conversations always focus on their feelings about music. Although we always discuss the same topic, it’s a different conversation with each bride or party planner.
You might think this could become tedious, day after day, but it doesn’t.
To stay fresh, I regularly change my routine for a day or two, to renew my perspective. For example, I recently took a day off to attend a conference about helping people cope with disease. Patients as well as care-givers.
Not a very sexy topic, I agree, but something I believe ALL of us need to care about. After all, we all have loved ones who occasionally get sick. How can we help them?
Although all the presentations were interesting, I found myself far more interested in the ones about healing the spirit, in addition to healing the body. My favorite presentation was titled “Living With Uncertainty”.
Why my favorite? I think because this presentation addressed the person’s feelings head-on. Whether patient or care-giver, it’s surprising how much healing depends on how the patient feels about their uncertain situation.
It was my favorite presentation because I find the same thing when I help people plan music for their weddings and parties. Whatever the occasion will be — a formal banquet, a business reception, or a casual get-together — it’s always the same.
When our conversations about music finally become successful, we’ll be discussing their feelings about music — a favorite song, or songs associated with special memories, or ones popularized by their favorite artists, or ones with especially appropriate titles or lyrics.
So here’s a tip: when you’re selecting special music for your next event, rely on your feelings about music. They’re ultimately your best guide.
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