Focus Music for Power LiftingAUGUST 2, 2008
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Paralympic powerlifter Mary Stack's play list gives her a competitive edge by helping her get focused on her goals. We asked you Weekend America listeners to tell us the songs you all put on when you need to get focused. Below are some of your responses:
I'm prone to singing along, so when I need to concentrate anything with lyrics is out of the question.
"Ambient 4: On Land and/or Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks"
This is the perfect 'music' for tuning out unwanted static. It is white noise for the mind and, by the very nature of the albums, doesn't add to distraction. It really allows me to tune out everything except the task at hand. Not sure if this was Eno's intention (I believe I'd read somewhere that it was), but it really is a crutch for me whether in a noisy office, or on a noisy airplane.
"Chormakey Dream Coat"
-Boards of Canada
The lack of lyrics and soothing music of Boards of Canada really helped me get through graduate school. I doubt that I would have been able to do any homework without it (the homework I actually did, of course).
Los Angeles, CA
-The Pale Saints
I listened to this song on an endless loop while working on my graphic novel. While Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl" is a languid, cool, street-hip anthem to urban romance, the Pale Saints' version turns it into a dirge, something dark and full of lurking danger. Just what I needed to lose myself in my story.
"Music For a Found Harmonium"
-Penguin Cafe Orchestra
This song is a brisk, purposeful piece with a melody that sort of says 'Yes you can get all this stuff done but you gotta get off your butt.