Change your life by choosing a theme song

Music is a powerful way to create a mood. Don't you get your best workout when you listen to high energy songs on your iPod? Now, instead of using music just to make you exercise harder, imagine if you used it to shape your attitude toward work?

I recently read a post by Claudia Anderson-Scimeca where she wrote about your life having a soundtrack. I was immediately reminded of the TV show Ally McBeal and how her character had a theme song (for those those who didn't watch, Ally was a neurotic lawyer who still loved her ex-boyfriend despite the fact that he was now married to someone else). Even though Ally's therapist had suggested she come up with a theme song to help her cope with her romantic feelings, I can't help but to think the idea may be of benefit in the business world.

Imagine it.

You've just started your own company and you're about to walk into your first client meeting. Your theme song starts playing in your head. Is it Bon Jovi's "It's My Life"?

What about when you get up in the morning and you know it's going to be a tough day? How about putting Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" on in the jukebox in your mind?

Need an extra dose of booyah before you do that big presentation?  Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" kicks into gear in your noggin or how about "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor?

Going to a networking event? How about putting "Get the Party Started" by Pink onto the turntable?

Getting psyched up for a comeback of epic proportions? How about the little-known, but incredibly uplifting "Far from Over" by Frank Stallone? 

Or just want to go for an all-occasion theme song? "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey never fails or what about "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy or "TNT" by AC/DC? 

Think about it. A theme song can be your own little secret. No one needs to know that you're playing it in your head and getting pumped up for what's next.

Why not give it a whirl? Hire a DJ and let him loose in your mind. What will he play? What will your theme song be?


  1. This is FUN!!!! Now let me ponder this all day ... hmm what will my theme song be?!
    Great post!
    Have a PRETTY day!

  2.  Hi Kristin!

    If, by chance, you love pink, I'm thinking "Pretty in Pink" by the Psychedelic Furs! Or, perhaps, "Pretty Vegas" by INXS. :-)

  3. For some reason the song "Jump" by Van Halen is in my mind. (Actually I do know why. ;-) )

  4. Great theme song, Beth! Personally, I love Panama by Van Halen as it is an excellent driving fast song! 

    Now, start playing your song during the important moments of your day!

  5. off to you tube ! have never heard of either one! i know ! sad! Be right back...

  6. I think this might be the FIRST thing someone should do if they want to change their life! I, myself ha forgotten how good some songs make me feel. Can I share this post on my blog?

  7. Music is such a powerful way to pump ourselves up. We should really use it more outside of the gym ;-)

  8. Hi Amber, I love this! Theme songs are so important in life.

    Mine is one you mentioned, "Don't Stop Believing". I tell my girls that you've got to believe all of the time. I also loved Ally McBeal, and not just because I was a single woman lawyer when I watched it. The quirky characters were eerily familiar, somehow. So, what is your theme song, Amber? 

  9. Hi Carolyn,

    As you may have guessed, I've put some of my favorites in this post.  :-)

    As for Ally, it was a great show with the exception of the Billy Girls phase and the last season. Robert Downey Jr.'s drug use really messed up where that last year was headed.

  10. Amber, aloha. What a great idea to have a theme song for your life and the occasion. Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" is one of my favorites.

    Later today I am going to click your links and listen. In the meantime, I am taking your post over to fb to suggest to people that they do the same.

    Thanks so much for the great idea.

    wishing you a terrific rest of the week. Aloha. Janet

  11. Thanks for chiming in, Janet, and for the share! If you come up with a theme song you like, let me know ;-)

  12. Why does Red Rider's Lunatic Fringe always keep popping up in my head? I certainly like your Journey and AC/DC choice; I want my song to have impact.

    I would say 'Walking on Sunshine' could be very appropriate for me but then people might accuse me of going to see Twilight movies too....:). 

    Music is a great motivator and my themes would probably change daily. My iPod would probably scare you, especially since it's from my 26 yr old son's music file.....:). Oh well, nobody else can hear it.

    Have a great weekend. 

  13. I'd say it's a tie for me between Simply the Best and How do you like me now? 

  14. Lunatic Fringe? Very insightful choice, Bill ;-)

    I doubt your iPod library would scare me. I've very brave. I'm the survivor of a mosh pit.

  15. Great song suggestions for your life here. Thanks Amberr . I love Walking on Sunshine to bits (even though I never have tough days). I always play the theme to Rocky on my iPod my way to meeting someone

  16. Oh, all the Rocky soundtracks have some great music on them! I could have listed a half dozen Rocky songs here, but I tried to maintain some balance ;-)

  17. Oh my goodness, I'd have to do a mash-up of theme songs, ranging from AC/DC, The Band, The Beatles (of course!), all the music from Forrest Gump movie and Top Gun...oooooh, I could go on and on. Cheers! Kaarina

  18. Oh, Kaarina, there are some great songs on the Top Gun soundtrack, aren't there? And, AC/DC has some high energy ones, too! Great songs to add to the mix!

  19. Heavens to in the world did I miss THIS!!! I am mortified. AND not only did you honor me with a mention, the post was about of my favorite topics. *hanging head in shame*.  First, Amber, let me tell you how much you are loved and appreciated...not only for your kindness, wit and compassion...but for your loyalty to friends.  Thank you. let's get down to some music talk.  You really "get it" Amber.  Music is such an integral part of our daily life and yet, so often we don't even realize it's importance. Often when stressed, we turn to music for relief and if music can't be found, how many of us hum our way through stressful moments? (raising hand) In the post that you so kindly mentioned, I admit that I wake up with a soundtrack in my head already playing almost every morning. I never know why that song was "chosen" but, dang if it doesn't almost always seem to fit the day.  Katrina and the Waves "Walking on Sunshine" is very often my "go to" creates a sense of joy and exhilaration that just can't allow negativity to take hold. Music, like humans, has moods and can create a feeling. I love "spa/meditation" music when I need to regain peace or when I'm working on the computer.  I love country when I need to sing.  I love classical in the fall and winter (classical=cozy) I love rock in the summer and when driving with the windows down.  And then, there is the music of nature...but that is for another discussion ;-)
    You are the best Amber!!

  20. What wonderfully kind words, Claudia! Thank you for your generous comment.

    You're so right. Music has a mood all of it's own. On a rainy day, I'm all about Ryan Star's "Eye of the Elephant" CD.

    As for the music of nature, I'm so with you. Nothing can make me smile like the mockingbird who has recently set up camp outside my front door!

  21. See this my life so let me tell you a story


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