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did you know by Diana Freccia W ebster’s Dictionary defines music as “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in com- bination, and in temporal relationships to produce a compos- ition having unity and continuity.” It comes from the Greek word muse, the goddesses who were considered guiding geniuses for art, music, poetry, and philosophy. For me, my therapy is my writing, my fitness, and my music. They are interconnected. Music drives my mind and my footsteps. Music mirrors how I feel. Music is the soundtrack to our lives. It plays in elevators, in stores, in our cars, in our headphones; it gets stuck in our heads. It activates the brain and stimulates the soul in a way that nothing else can. It provides a universal rhythm to set our bodies in motion. It is poetry set to sound. It is so powerful, in fact, that it allows us to travel through time, transporting us back to younger, wilder days. It plays a vital role in our existence, whether we hear it or not. Our bodies move to our own heartbeats; biological clocks forever ticking as our blood flows and stomachs gurgle. Music is repetitive in nature, just like working out. The inspiration for this article came to me on Thanksgiving morning, as I waited for my brother to cross the finish line of a Turkey Trot. Watching the torrent of runners who whirred past me to the completion of their race, I noticed that the majority of the runners were tethered to their headphone strings. What were they listening to? What was the magical melody that helped them glide across the finish line? It got me to thinking about the music that motivates us...of the mantras that play in the final scenes of sports movies. What is your mantra? “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes featuring Ryan Tedder is currently mine. In its chorus it says, “It’s gonna take a couple of right hooks, a few left jabs for you to recognize you really ain’t got it bad.....” We like to catastrophize the situations we are in and assume that things are worse than they really are. We have what it takes to succeed. Personally, when I go back to songs I used to love, some are classics, some embarrass me, some just don’t click the same way as they once did for me. The right lyrics can strike chords that resonate for a long time. They can provide comfort and help you get through difficult times. They can distract you from pain. They can trigger powerful memories. I can remember a feeling or a smell or a location that was attached to each melody. Each chorus was a mantra that motivated me or dragged me March 2016 | 11