Movies have become a constant form of entertainment for most people. Whether it is going to see a first run extravaganza on a wide screen or in our living rooms on a smaller scale, we crave escape from real life into fantasy. Occasionally, Hollywood will convert a classic Broadway Musical into a widescreen presentation, but all movies include some kind of musical score that seamlessly weaves itself into the plot. Some music actually trademarks the action. Mention the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and the subconscious mind will bring up the image of shrieking violins punctuating each thrust of the knife into Janet Leigh, terrifying because of the music without showing actual graphic violence. Musical accompaniment may not be so pronounced, but background music is always there. The hidden full orchestra that accompanies two lovers singing while their faces are only a few inches apart makes the silliness of the camera shot believable and romantic.
What if we had music underscoring our personal and business lives? First we would have to pick a title song that would begin each day…hopefully upbeat and cheerful. Then as events unfold in our lives there would be additional music interwoven with our actions. Our opening joke in a presentation would be followed by a rim shot on a snare drum. A disagreement with a friend or co-worker might happen over angry trumpets calling out to each other. The dreaded confrontation with an unsolved problem or a looming disaster begins with slowly throbbing strings, followed by tympani and a crescendo of brass (anybody just hear the Jaws shark attack theme in your head?).
Step back into reality for a moment. There is no incidental music written for life’s script, but there are other non-verbal clues that signal emotional feelings that are just as powerful. Body language communicates more than spoken words. Facial expressions give away the real intention of actions because a true poker face has to be intentionally turned on and practiced. Fake smiles are briefer than real ones and the false intent is not hidden from anyone. Consider the words, “Step into my office” without the accompanying expressions. This could be for the purpose of introducing that highly coveted promotion or signaling a visit to the outplacement counselor. How you communicate words are just as important as the words themselves.
Maybe hiring that orchestra to hide in the closet is easier.
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