You be Samson, I'll play Delilah...
What's 'more funner' than furiously writing a Trial Brief into the wee hours of the morning?
Furiously writing a Trial Brief into the wee hours of the morning while listening to Weezer!
Some of you may know that in order for me to concentrate, I have to listen to music to drown out the outside noises. If you ever walk by me in the law library and I strangely resemble one of those airplane traffic people with the little orange hand signals, no - I have not gone crazy, I am merely listening to my music with one of the library's circa 1985 headphones. It really helps me concentrate. You can ask Daisy - she has witnessed many a miraculous study sessions where a seemingly uncontrollable, spastic, and cartwheeling me settles quietly down for a day of studying -- all thanks to my trusty headphones.
I think I developed this habit while growing up with three very loud, gregarious younger siblings. The only way I could ever concentrate would be to just close my door and turn up the music loud. REAL LOUD. Oh yeah, my parents loved it.
When I was younger, I couldn't sleep unless I had a completely rewound tape of Paula Abdul ready to "Rush" me into sweet dreams. When we would take vacations, I would sleep in my headphones and I would always wake up with strange cord impressions in my face and a horrible backache (from sleeping on the Walkman). Oh the sacrifices my body made for me.
As I got older, I found that I ran faster and better when I listened to punk. Unfortunately my high school cross country didn't allow us to use headphones while we were running, so I never reached my full long distance potential (well that, and I was kind of lazy).
As I explained up in the top of this post, I love music and require it for optimum concentration. Right now I am sitting at the Knight's parents' kitchen table with cases, old briefs and countless legal pads spread all around me. I also have my headphones on (I am a good little daughter-in-law; everyone else is sleeping). Thankfully, I am making headway into a somewhat dense subject.
I have purchased (see - I'm legal) lots of music and saved it on my laptop. Like most people, I have all kinds of stuff to suit my various moods.
Stressed out? I recommend a little Garden State soundtrack mixed with a dollop of old school Cranberries, Jewel, and a skosh of John Mayer. (Also known as the Chilled Playlist).
Need to get pumped up? Nothing better than a little Christina Aguilera, Britney, Destiny's Child, and assorted rap favorites (Baby Got Back, Candy Shop, Big Pimpin' to name a few). (Also known as the Workin' It Playlist).
Having one of those "Gosh, I hate law school and wish I would have just gotten barefoot and pregnant directly after college?" No? Well, me either. But if I ever do, I know just what I need to hear...Manic Monday, These Boots Are Made For Walking, Perfect Day (from Legally Blonde soundtrack), and anything by Lillix. (Also titled Girl Power Playlist)
So what am I listening to now? Well, Weezer is done, and I've moved onto Move Along by the All-American Rejects, Leave the Pieces by the Wreckers, and In the Waiting Line by Zero 7 (probably one of my all-time favorite songs).
Gosh - you know what our radio stations need? Me. I could be the younger generation's Delilah. Heartbroken and need a song to soothe your soul? I'll play Trouble by Ray LaMontagne. Celebrating a newfound love? No problem -- At Last by Etta James coming right up. Need a good song to get high? I highly recommend Io by Helen Stellar. Not that I've ever gotten high, but every time I hear it, I just feel like it would be really appropriate.
If anyone ever needs a few recommendations for a song to suit a mood, I will be happy to play Delilah for you. Just leave me a comment and I will bring sweet music to your ears!
Okay, well - I guess I better get back to that brief. I'll let ya'll know how it turned out!
You be Samson, I'll play Delilah...
So says Artsy Fartsy at 17.7.06