I was the girl who worked as a cashier after high school to save money for vinyl albums. (I still have my collection.) I bought concert tickets and stole off to Madison Square Garden and other venues with my friends to see Elton John, the Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna, and eclectic classic bands. Earbuds had not yet been invented, but we all owned turntables and giant speakers. I remember the day my friend Fred discovered Springsteen and I went to his house with my bestie Beth to listen to “Greetings From Asbury Park.”
Fast forward to 2019. I was recovering from a deep and sudden wound, inflicted by someone I trusted and supported. So, I turned to my old friend — music. I committed to adding one new tune to my Amazon playlist every day and Alexa is serving as my new-age therapist, because “I haven’t got time for the pain.”
Music has been proven to help combat depression. It can have an impact on your brain waves and improve performance. Thanks to the miracle of voice recognition, I can just tell Alexa what I need and she plays just the right tune at the right time.
My Echo Spot alarm clock starts my day and I can calibrate my tunes to my agenda for the hours ahead. How you wake up in the morning can set the mood for the day.
Here are some tips, based on my experience over the past two weeks.
I look forward to the day when Alexa will sense my mood (via facial recognition technology) and decide what tune best matches my moods and needs. In the meantime, I’ll simply, “put another dime in jukebox” (in the words of Joan Jett) and listen to “that kind of music just soothes the soul.” (Thanks Bob Seger!)