Building Connection through the Power of Music

Having you ever considered what grounds you?

How often do we feel overwhelmed and just continue to push through?

Last weekend the talented Jessica Zuch shared a video on Instagram the ways to get out of a slump through music.  A little history, I met Jessica in 2014 when she was teaching Intro to Jazz Piano at Capilano University in North Vancouver.  She is a talented musician and a therapist.

This video reminded me of the ways that we can use music in so many different ways.

This thought by Mary Webb struck a chord

Nature’s music is never over, her silences are pauses, not conclusions.

Photography by Sharon K. Summerfield featuring a sunset on the Fraser River in BC, in Vancouver.  Thought by Mary Webb

A few years ago I had the true joy to take a course through Coursera, that was delivered by Berkeley “Music for Wellness“.

Part of this course was to create several Play Lists with different themes.

At different times we need different things.

Honestly as I started looking at creating the Playlists I had a few ideas in mind and returned to some of the music I had sung in several choirs, Higher Ground and the Vancouver Port Carolers (yes I was part of a Corporate Caroling Choir for close to a decade).

The beauty of music is it grounds us.  The memories.  The music and the words, often return with ease.

I then went to YouTube.  When was the last time you were lost in YouTube?  For me creating these Play Lists, the time just vanished.

As I listened, I then started to find those beautiful ways to focus.

The gorgeous pauses of silence, created space for more possibilities.

I had also recently read the book Two Beats Ahead – What Musical Minds Teach us about Innovation, written by Panos A. Panay and R. Michael.   I loved this thought from Two Beats Ahead:

Listen, notice, feel.  Anticipate the possibilities that come from silence.

Photography by Sharon K. Summerfield just before a thunderstorm on the Fraser River in Vancouver.  Featuring a quote from the book "Two Beats Ahead"

These are the selection of Playlists I created.  Each list served a different purpose.

As I listened to the music, and often sang along, I felt so relaxed.

This is a beautiful way to help ground yourself, as we know singing and humming are beautiful ways to help to ground you as this activates your Vagus Nerve.

For each of these playlists I tried to include links to the music, that represented to me the memories I had of each of these songs.  Some I could not find.  Some I did.

Some of the selections below I often use to warm up my voice before a Zoom meeting.

Attention Focusing




Sleep Inducing


Christmas and Festive Selections

  • Have a very Merry Christmas, written by Don Besig.
  • In the Bleak Mid Winter, performed by the Vancouver Men’s Chorus
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas, where my husband and I volunteered as part of the Kettle Drive for the Salvation Army.
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain, performed by the Golden Gospel Singers
  • Baby it’s cold Outside, performed by Van Django with Keith Bennett and LJ Mounteney
  • Count your Blessings, performed by Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby in the movie White Christmas

As you look at your day and your upcoming commitments, in what ways can the music you choose to listen to help you feel more grounded?

It is amazing by making different shifts and finding those gorgeous ways to nourish our wellbeing from a walk in nature, listening to a podcast or a recent Playlist, our world can feel a little lighter.

What choices will you consider?

Be kind.

Be patient.

Be nourished in all you do.

Photography by Sharon K. Summerfield in the River District in Vancouver, BC Canada

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At The Nourished Executive we help leaders invest in wellbeing, with a holistic lens, to prevent burnout.

Our founder, Sharon K. Summerfield, is a Wellbeing Coach, Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Growth Advisor, with a demonstrated success in nurturing healthy employees and high performing organizations.

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