Music – The Ultimate Relaxer

I have anxiety issues. While caffeine and stress are two of the biggest culprits to making my anxiety go up, multiple factors that I can encounter on a day-to-day basis can also play a role in raising my stress and nervousness levels. But, not matter how nervous or stressed or anxious I get, there is always one thing I turn to if I want to calm down and get back to my center… music.

While like many people, I have a variety of musical tastes and my preference for a song changes depending on my mood, there is no favorite song that I can associate with. I listen to everything from Journey to The Goo Goo Dolls to Garth Brooks. Sometimes I have days where I will go through 30 Billy Joel songs and other days I will put my music on shuffle and listen to whatever plays.

If I had to pick a favorite genre of music though, country would win. Based on what I’ve seen with country, people either love it or hate it. There seems to be no middle ground for people to like George Strait, Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan. And with so many artists crossing over into different areas today, it’s hard to not hear Taylor Swift sing a song on a country station and then flip over to a Top 40 station a few minutes later and to hear another Taylor song. Country music today definitely isn’t locked in like it used to be. Today, it’s seems to have evolved into a mix of rock, country and sometimes even pop. It’s the genre that just keeps on giving.

Having been to many country concerts in my life, my all-time favorite concert ever, is one that should come with little surprise. A 2007 show at the Sprint Center to see Garth Brooks perform one of his nine sold out shows in Kansas City has to be my number one concert of all time. With Garth coming back on tour this year, there’s a pretty good chance that the next time I see him, this new tour will replace the 2007 show as my best-concert-of-all-time winner.

Favorite concert aside, I love music because I have a song for every situation. If I need inspiration, I listen to Garth Brooks sing “The River.” If I’m angry, I might throw on an Aerosmith song. And if I’m happy, well at that point I’m usually just playing whatever makes me dance, which is usually everything.

As we approach the summer, more concerts will be working their way not only into Kansas City, but also to venues around the country and the world. Right now I don’t have any plans to attend a concert this summer for sure, but it won’t surprise me when August rolls around and I’m still half-deaf from standing too close to a stage speaker dancing along to whoever it is that I see.

In fact, one of my favorite artists, Eric Church just announced his fall world tour, so needless to say, I’ll probably be going to his show this fall if I can.

I’ll leave you with a few photos from various concerts that I’ve been to over the years.


I realize that one of the pictures above is of the Iowa marching band and not an actual concert. I should mention that college marching bands are one of my favorite things about a football game, so there’s my reason behind that.

Until next time, if a song comes on your radio that you love, remember, sing at the top of your lungs.




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