Abstract, Oregon Coast – Photo by Dan Erickson

I know drone music isn’t most peoples’ thing. You want beats and words and something exciting, not just a few intertwined notes playing endlessly. Personally, I love a good drone composition and believe that a similar concept can be applied to many other areas in life.

Drone music is hypnotic and meditative. I’m often amused by all the people who listen to “chill” music but snub drone. Chill is simply drone’s distant pop-music cousin. Drone is less distracting because there is very little if any melodic structure.

Drone is also likely the world’s oldest form of music.

Listen to The Beauty of Infinite Sadness.

Let’s apply this concept of a drone to other areas in life. I’m not big on “finding your niche” and sticking with a single topic as a writer. But wouldn’t that be a little drone-like? Writing about the same thing again and again?

A drone is constant and steady. That’s exactly how we can become more productive, by being constant and steady. I can both meditate and work while listening to drone music. I know that might sound like an oxymoron, but it works. Work itself can be a meditation.

I hear someone thinking, “but drone music is boring.” Listen closely. There’s likely many more musical nuanses in a well-composed drone composition than in your favorite pop song. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.