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What is Posimusic or Positive Music?


In order to delve into Posimusic or Positive Music more PI/PMI Editor Ellen Forest interviewed PI/PMI Founder Victor Sinclair on the notion of PMI and Positive Imperative Music and what exactly constitutes a positive song?

PI: If Positive Music = Music that promotes a more constructive and healthy person, community or world. Isn’t that subjective?

Victor: Absolutely. There are certain objective criterion you can use for music, especially when it’s simple and main stream. Charlie Pride, Singing Crystal Chandelier and that it is a country song is not open to debate. That its a “classic” country song likely won’t solicit too many comments if any that will disagree with that notion. The same would be said if you declared Boots Are Hearts by Tragically Hip or Somewhere Out There by Our Lady Peace as “Rock Songs” will get the same obvious well of course they are. It’s when you begin to blend styles, sounds instruments and artists that labels start to blur.

PI: So when you speak of the Power of Positive Music, then how do you define it?

Victor: In our context you can start with the obvious. Music that motivates and inspires. The same as what is a rock song, you start with the obvious and work out from there. Flashdance by Irene Cara is a quintessential positive and motivational song both in lyrics, “Take Your Passion And Make It Happen” as well as its tempo and energy. Nobody’s going to argue with that choice. If you listen to that song and you’re still bored or depressed, it’s may be a real sign that you need serious help.

PI: Are feel good songs positive?

Victor: Yes and No. In general we believe that music is positive period, so yes. The next part of the equation is that if you personally connect with the song and it makes you happy or have a better work out etc then also Yes. However for the context of PMI we are saying that Positive Music and labeled as that to fall into that category needs to also have lyrics that focus on Positivity, Motivation and Inspiration. To me that puts the song, like Flashdance in another category than Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham, which is certainly a feel good song and great for work outs but not what this conversation is about when we talk about the Power Of Positive Music.

PI: What about slow songs like Josh Grobin’s You Lift Me Up is that still in the context of the Power Of Positive Music.

Victor: Of course. We are talking about music that stirs the soul and inspires us. That song does all that and more. So both fast and slow songs can be quintessential positive music, the rest of the conversation then goes towards its application of how you use or consume the positive music and in what context. IE: I Wouldn’t use You LIft Me Up as a work out tune. but somebody else might and that’s where the subjective part comes in.

PI: You talk about work out music a lot, what’s the correlation there.

Victor, For me, I have used music to work out to for decades. I’ve used it to run, go on long bike trips and triathlons, music passes you and there are a number of studies to show you will get faster and better results when you use music…. and it’s more fun. So in context what I’m saying about work out music and the Power of Positive Music is that you have an opportunity to use music by positive intention, to program yourself with positive ideas and reinforcement, the same way it has been proven for years that the Positive Psychology industry has worked on with million seller books like Think And Grow Rich. So to me selecting a song like Yves Larock, Rise Up is so perfect, a dance song with lyrics “Id like to fly so high into the sky” is perfect for me as with a good work out you can get into a trance and just let the lyrics take you to a better place. I also listen a lot to Toronto singer songwriter Victor Crowl’s song Energy and Sing Your Freedom for the same reasons.

PI: but some slow songs that you might consider positive make me almost feel menancholly. Are they still positive.

Victor: That’s where the subjective nature of Positive Music comes into play with each individual. I spent almost two decades as a broadcaster researching music, and I know in general Positive Music tests very well. A perfect song is You’ve Got A Friend bu Carole King/James Taylor. It’s what you would definitely call a cathartic friendship song which takes you from there (a negative place) “People can be so cold, they’ll hurt you and desert you and take your soul if you let them” to here (more of this a positive place) ah, but don’t you let them, cause Winter Spring Summer Or Fall, and you need to do is call, and I’ll be there, yes I will, you’ve got a friend. which leaves you in a very positive place and hopefully inspires you to appreciate the close friends and family you have that you would know that would be there for you in a time of crisis or already have been and to “be” the type of friend that through thick and thin will be there for your family and close friends. To me that’s the top of the Matterhorn when it comes to motivation and reinforces the value of friendship and indirectly gratitude. I feel great each and every time I listen to it… but the issue is if you don’t pick another friendship song like Lean On Me by Bill Withers, or if you want more energy to the same lyrics Club Nouveau and plug that into your mind. You can dedicate a song to someone as their hero like Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler, Hero, by Mariah Carey, or Because You Loved me by Celine Dion and make a large positive impact on their life as a thank you!

PI: You mentioned Values, how does that plug into PMI?

Victor: Great question Ellen. Values plugs into both PMI and the Positive Imperative as we take the conversation of the Positive Imperative and relate it to 35 Core Values to discuss both the Positive Imperative and the positive song topics we discuss. Topics like hope, perseverance, friendship, gratitude will all be core themes for PI and PMI as they will become the foundation of how these values manifest into thought deeds and action. A great example How You Live by Point of Grace, though I love every word in the song, the line that brought a tear to my eye was “and go see your folks more than just on the holidays” wow, as a guy who unofficially adopted a couple of seniors as grandparents as a kid it gave me an understanding how lonely they can be. Want to know how lonely, just ask someone’s who has worked in a Nursing Home. So there you have it, one song with the values of family, seniors, trust, truth, music, perseverance, giving, children, charity and spirituality and I’m sure I’m missing a couple, all in one song., and done eloquently, wow! I’ve only played it a thousand times since my Niece Nicole turned me on to it and yes it’s in my top ten positive song list. See below.

PI

Look for more conversations on Positive Neutral and Negative music coming soon.

We invite you to include your comments on the conversation on Positive Music below.

Turn Up The Music ~ Point Of Grace

Wake up to the sunlight
With your windows open
Don’t hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress
Use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes
Have what you want
But want what you have
And don’t spend your life lookin’ back

Chorus:
Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances
Let it all out
You won’t regret it
Lookin’ back from where you have been
Cuz it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

Verse 2:
So go to the ballgames
And go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children
Dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night
Don’t run from the truth
‘Cause you can’t get away
Just face it and you’ll be okay

Chorus:
Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances
Let it all out
You won’t regret it
Lookin’ back from where you have been
‘Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

Bridge:
Oh wherever you are and wherever you’ve been
Now is the time to begin

Verse 3:
So give to the needy
And pray for the grieving
E’en when you don’t think that you can
‘Cause all that you do is bound to come back to you
So think of your fellow man
Make peace with God and make peace with yourself
‘Cause in the end there’s nobody else

Chorus
Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances
Let it all out
‘Cause you won’t regret it
Lookin’ back from where you have been
‘Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

‘Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

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Author:

Victor Sinclair. VP of VSC International, Founder of the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative movements/concept and community, has a wide background in teaching, broadcasting, the music industry and business and most recently served as a founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada). He has also dedicated more than 30 years of his life to volunteerism and not for profits including Big Brothers, Memorial Boys and Girls Clubs, Minor Leagues Sports and as a President and board member of several not-for-profit boards. Interests include family, biking, tennis, reading, music and PI/PMI of course. http://www.vscinternationalcorp.com http://www.positiveimperative.com http://www.positivemusicimperative.com http://www.twitter.com/posimperative http://www.facebook.com/Vic.Sinclair http://www.linkedin.com/in/victorsinclair



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