Music to Inspire Wanderlust
Add these to a playlist to amp up your motivation to see the world.
Music can make you happy, science says so.
According to Discovery News, the feel good neurotransmitter, dopamine, is released when people listen to positive emotional music. In other words, music causes listeners to experience pleasure and happiness. A University of Missouri study further researched this theory and found that positive music can have a measurable effect on a person's well-being.
When I'm dreaming of a travel adventure, I have these songs on my playlist.
Citizen of the Planet by Alanis Morissette
Citizen of the Planet comes from Alanis Morissette's seven studio album, Flavors of Entanglement. Released along with the rest of the album in 2008, this travel anthem speaks to nomadic souls. This song has Morissette's trademark raw vocals and her passionate emotional depth. Yet, it has a new sound compared to her earlier work and uses diverse instruments like the didgeridoo combined with the electric guitar to emulate the sound of cultural diversity.
[dt_quote type="pullquote" layout="right" font_size="big" animation="none" size="1"]I come alive and I get giddy
I am taken and globally naturalized
I am a citizen of the planet
From simple roots through high vision
I am guarded by the angels
My body guides the direction I go in
These ideals are borne from my deepest within[/dt_quote]
All I Want by Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell, the iconic singer-songwriter, introduced the world to "All I Want" on her fourth album, Blue, in 1971. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked this album as number two on its list of "Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Female Albums of All Time." In this track, Mitchell's beautiful vocals are paired with simple acoustic guitar. She sings of love, loneliness, and travel. With her poetic mastery, it is a recipe for pure travel inspiration.
[dt_quote type="pullquote" layout="right" font_size="big" animation="none" size="1"]I want to be strong I want to laugh along
I want to belong to the living
Alive, alive, I want to get up and jive
I want to wreck my stockings in some juke box dive
Do you want, do you want, do you want to dance with me baby
Where the Fence is Low by Lights
Lights is a musician from Canada whose beats fall in the lines between the indie pop, dubstep, and electropop genres. This song comes from her second studio album, Siberia. Released in 2011, the album was released to critical acclaim. The track, "Where the Fence is Low," is about a journey. It's a journey where the traveler keeps moving forward even though she is struggling with doubt. It is all about determination and finding yourself. Check out the acoustic version of the song.
[dt_quote type="pullquote" layout="right" font_size="big" animation="none" size="1"]One foot on the ledge
And I'm feeling for safety
Somewhere between sure
And I don't know, maybe
I'm off on my rope here
I'm off on my own here
And I find my hope here
I find my own here[/dt_quote]
Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé
The Queen Bee clearly runs the music charts and knows how to shut it down on stage, everyone could all learn a thing or two from her about running their own worlds. Her anthem, "Run the World," isn't a song just about unapologetic female empowerment. This track is for women who are citizens of the planet. This song was birthed because Beyoncé wanted to create a track that sampled music from multiple cultures and time periods in order to craft a new sound to empower women. Released in April, 2011, this track is the musical version of an effective pep talk.
[dt_quote type="pullquote" layout="right" font_size="big" animation="none" size="1"]Endless power
With our love we can devour
You'll do anything for me
Who run the world? Girls![/dt_quote]
What Do You Love More Than Love by Dar Williams
Dar Williams is a singer songwriter whose music is most closely associated to pop folk. The New Yorker praised her musical prowess and said she is one of the best singer-song writers in America. Hailing from a small town New York State, her tracks are always inspired by her real life. She's described her song writing process as needing to "continuously court [her] muse." The song "What Do You Love More than Love" comes from her fourth studio album and was released in 2000. This song combines upbeat instrumentation with a lyrics about love, release, and travel.
[dt_quote type="pullquote" layout="right" font_size="big" animation="none" size="1"]Well I love the way the world is your garden
And you plant your seeds and you let them grow
And you take things out of the ground just like
You take what comes, but you never know[/dt_quote]