I came across a fascinating story in a meeting I partook in. I thought this was a story worth sharing on my blog because it really speaks about the power of music.
In Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada there is a tow truck driver who is somewhat of a musical genius. He doesn’t make music himself, but understands the power of it and uses it to benefit the work he does for a tow truck Kamloops company. I’ve never met this man, but the people in the meeting I was at knew him very well and they were inspired by a certain story of his.
As we all know, a car crash can be stressful, especially after you have to deal with the police who show up and the roadside emergency service providers. The roadside assistance is where our tow truck driver comes into play on the scene. The local police in Kamloops know him well apparently because he is kind of like a fireman in the sense that if wrecked cars are blocking traffic on the road he’s available 24 hours a day to assist. Car crashes in the middle of the night are rare in Kamloops, but this guy sometimes gets nights where he has to get out of bed more than once to provide towing services.
The police and the people he services always remember him because he always shows up onto the scene with beautiful, calming classical music playing on his loudspeakers. People who are injured or panicking turn around and can’t help themselves from smiling as soon as this happens and most of them have admitted that this extra service does a lot to lower the stress levels of the people involved on the scene. One guy even said he’s glad he crashed his car because otherwise he would never have experienced the true power of music.
The people who are on the side of the road watching the scene also get to experience this power, and I wish I could be there to do so as well. This power makes me think of war drums and trumpets during battles. It’s amazing how music can rile up emotions inside of us and it just blows my mind to be able to express this. Music is the best medium for conveying emotion in a simple form for everyone to experience and I’m so grateful to have people like this Kamloops tow truck driver in the world who understand and implement this for the benefit of everyone.
So thank you to this anonymous tow truck driver. You really are doing a great thing for the people of Kamloops and I wish every tow truck driver did this! Imagine if fire departments did this, too, instead of blaring sirens. The world would rapidly become a better place!
Do you remember when rap city was dope? If so, then you really know what “dope” means. This is because Hip Hop music, also called Rap, was birthed from a visceral counter-culture in the late 20th century. Taking off on the late 70s and growing momentum in the late 80s, rap music started becoming some of the top hits in North American popularity hit lists. Icons like 2pac and Notorious B.I.G. are just some examples of this.
By the time 1994 rolled around, popular rap music was still being conducted by actual MCs from the streets. But as hype increased and businesses started to dominate the market, big companies increasingly began to put their big budgets toward producing who ever they thought had talent, whether or not the artist was really part of the counter-culture from the streets.
After 1994 the sound of Hip Hop began to change dramatically as music-producing companies who had no idea what sounded good to the real people on the street began to pump out commercial albums for the sake of profit.
This is when you begin to see many wack rappers on MTV.
I’m a fairly shy, mincing human being and don’t associate with loud, angry people often. But don’t get me wrong; when alone, candles blazing, as my shadow leaps across my bedroom walls, I stare into the dark haze of reality and blast the best metal and/or rock album of all time. It gets the guns of my heart cocked, the sword of my life stroked. Without it I am incomplete. My blood leaks, listening to lyrics I would not speak to a close-minded person.
Do you know that feeling when you listen to a song and get reminded of the glory of God because without destiny the song couldn’t exist?
Without something more intelligent than us looming in the foreground, everything we experience would be pointless. And while art such as this exists, we cannot possibly believe that everything is pointless!
Turn up the base, shoot some whisky and relax as you listen to geniuses in rock music that have been praised since the late 20th century. All shall remember Judas Priest. Forsooth, astronauts floating around in space will be listening to this thousands of years from now, but astronaut will be an archaic word.
Thousands of artists such as painters, sculptors and writers owe their efforts to tasty beverages and of course their loved counterpart, musicians! Without music, would paintings even exist? Without ways to sit in a room alone and relax wholeheartedly, would much of the music we love today reach our ears?
Hear the echoes of Judas Priest shuttlecock across your cranium as you summon yourself to the chair and LISTEN!
Answer: Sad Wings of Destiny by Judas Priest , 1976
If you’ve been meaning to make the habit of waking up earlier, one thing that can help is waking up to classical music. Why? Classical music reminds us of the beauty of life, which in turn reminds us of our goals and our purpose on earth. When you wake up to classical music, it feels like a monk in a medieval monastery waking for midnight prayer. All is serene and pleasant as you sit up and think of how blessed you are to have this day at your disposal.
There are multiple ways you can set your alarm clock to classical music. My method is using a clock radio set to a classical station. But I’m sure you can find an app for your phone to do the same. I think it would be best if the classical song you heard was different every morning, because after a while of hearing the same song every morning the magic of it can be lost. I love the radio station I use because they never play the same song, and they don’t play famous classical music I’ve already heard a hundred times. They play rare, new and less popular classical music which registers as divine when heard for the first time in waking moments of ecstasy.
Don’t get me wrong, though. When I wake up at 5 AM after only sleeping for 5 hours, I am very, very tired, but the classical music helps me push past the pain as I re-realize my potential and how much I can conquer in a day if I get out of bed now.
Try this in your home, and your life will be blessed with new motivation and power. Enjoy!