Colorado Springs ‘Music and Spirit Master’ Helps Harness the Power of Songs | Culture & Leisure

We know when we know.

We hear a song and our day becomes brighter. We hear another song and suddenly we are sad or angry or a little annoyed that this song is stuck in our heads. We know that songs do something to us. But do we know what to do with it? Is there anything to do about this?

Molly Lord, a lecturer and researcher in Colorado Springs, thinks so.

“You know music resonates something deep within you,” she wrote on her website, Tuned-In Productions. “Now find out what to do with it.”

Lord, 66, has studied the connection between music and the mind for almost 20 years. His interest in the subject began much earlier with a present under the Christmas tree. After opening a Beatles album, the high school student remembers taking it to her room to play over and over again.

“I asked myself, ‘Why am I doing this?’ “, she said. “I’ve always been fascinated by the impact of music.”

Another moment came in high school, when the naturally shy teenager was trying to get to know herself. She went to see the movie version of the musical “Funny Girl” and heard the song “Don’t Rain On My Parade” for the first time.

“There was something about that song that made me cry,” Lord said. “It was like, ‘Oh, you read my diary.'”

The song spoke to him. And for her. She found new confidence in herself when she thought of lyrics such as “I will live and live now. Get what I want. I know how.”

In both situations and others that followed, one question stuck in Lord’s mind: “What really happens when the music crawls through our heads?”

She went on to work as a special education teacher, director of nonprofits, and then a mediator at the Colorado Springs District Attorney’s Office.

After quitting her job at the district attorney’s office, Lord decided to study music full-time through Tuned-In Productions, the company she founded in 2012.

Her website offers insight into her discoveries as a “feisty educator, speaker, master of music and mind.”

“I finally discovered the answer to the secret of music: archetypes and frequency,” she writes. “That’s it.”

If so, shouldn’t it seem simpler?

Much of Lord’s work involves teaching people what this means through workshops, speeches and seminars. After talking to Lord for about an hour, I felt there was a lot more to learn during one of his events. But I think I got the gist of it a bit. She says we all move into different specific archetypes or patterns of behavior, depending on the day, challenge, or occasion. As we fall into these patterns, they can change how we respond to daily interactions, relationships, work, and life.

If we could control these patterns, we would be in better shape to respond to the task at hand. Lord says we find this control in the music. “Music is a game-changer to change our mindset,” she said. “Music magically enters our minds.”

She often suggests creating playlists to help them transition into different states of mind. Recently, she created a tool to help with this. She created “The Music Pharmacy,” a series of curated playlists based on 11 emotions, taken from “Didn’t Get The Prize!” Dang” to “I’m so over you. (No. Really)” and “Power Up!

Lord also suggests starting small. Let’s say you have a lot on your to-do list. You might identify a song that inspires you to get things done.

“Do you have a power song?” Lord says. “You should have one.”

His, always, is “Don’t Rain On My Parade”.


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