Music can be your motivation to get up and dance. Music can be what relaxes you at the end of a busy day. Music adds the fun to any kind of party – in fact it’s hard to think of an occasion or mood that isn’t made better with music. And tropical island music – whether it’s calypso or soca from the Caribbean, Jawaiian or traditional hula songs from Hawaii, or anything in between, can energize or relax you better than just about any other type of music. (Course being in a tropical band I’m just a wee bit prejudiced!)
Think back to any tropical sounding music you’ve heard and loved and create a songlist for your phone or laptop, or just burn CDs if you don’t have newer technologies. Creating an island playlist is guaranteed to add more fun, inspiration and relaxation to your life!
Need some ideas? We’ll be sharing some of our favorites including many you probably don’t know, but some obvious choices to start out with include Jimmy Buffett, the Beach Boys, the Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Ventures, and Harry Belafonte. Many tropical bands’ websites (including the band I’m in, the Tsunami Wave Riders) have playlists posted that you can mine for musical treasures. Check out on itunes, youtube, or CDbaby as well by searching under the terms palm trees, tiki bars, troprock, exotica, sailing songs, steel drums, calypso, soca, Hawaiian, and Jawaiian. Try this link for some interesting ideas: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147409-i432-k5768656-Island_music_playlist_more_suggestions-St_John_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html
It’s also fun to use the shazam app if you’re lucky enough to travel to tropical destinations (and sometimes you can find tropical destinations in the most unlikely of places – for instance there’s a Trader Vic’s Restaurant in downtown Atlanta that makes you feel like you just stepped into Bora Bora, and you will hear a variety of eclectic music (our band played there a time or two – and oh hey – I left a tropical lamp there once – if you see it, snag it for me!) besides being immersed in tropical splendor and food and drink concoctions of every kind.
OR – Make your own music! Do you or a friend or relative own a keyboard that has built-in arrangements (in other words. almost every modern-day keyboard)? Tropical-sounding tempos like calypso, Latin rhythms, ocean sounds, etc. are great to add a little melody to and make your own music!
Now create that tropical songlist and get the island party started!
As a former fulltime tropical musician (sorry but this seems to be a good opportunity to throw in a shameless plug for the band I’m in with a bunch of fun and talented members – the Tsunami Wave Riders – www.tsunamiwaveriders.com – and please download some of our music for free on our site!) I really love music, and I’ve discovered that the great majority of people do too. And I’m a huge believer in using music to help you get motivated to exercise, and also to help you get relaxed when you’re anxious or stressed. I have a few tips of my own for you, and I’ve also been surprised at just how many different ways they’ve discovered that music can help your health, and I can’t wait to tell you about all of them so that you can start getting your full daily dose of music!
Since almost everyone struggles with maintaining your motivation to exercise, let’s talk about how music can help you. Did you ever not feel like exercising at all, but then you put on your headphones and things didn’t seem that bad? If you don’t have an exercise playlist, I highly recommend creating one – how about a couple different ones for the different types of sports or activities you do? It’s helpful to customize it according to the normal length of your workout and include warmup and cooldown types of songs, and you can also add new songs in every now and then to keep it fresh. Sometimes – I hate to admit this – but I’ve gone to a park to walk and then discovered I left my headphones at home, so then I went to get coffee – or did something else – til I had the chance to go back home and get them. Did I ever make it back to the park on those days? Nope, never that I can recall! So now I’ve finally gotten a little wiser to my procrastinating ways so that 1) always have a spare set of earbuds – even if they’re just from the dollar store – stashed somewhere, and 2) when exercising at the park or a gym, I try to always put my earbuds back in my purse immediately after my workout, and I bought a sunglasses case from the dollar store just for this purpose, which I’ve attached to my purse so that it can never escape.
Hope these tips and the others we’ll be talking about in days to come will help you exercise a little more often and get all the amazing benefits out of both music and exercise – and I’d love to hear all of your great ideas as well – including workout song ideas too!
Want some ideas for some groovy island-style songs from the ’70’s for a cooldown from your workout, or just to relax in your hammock? Try these on for size – and we’d love to hear from you what other songs you like to mellow out to!
Kokomo – the Beach Boys – go to a dozen tropical islands all within a 3-minute song!
Surfer Girl – the Beach Boys – were you the girl they were singing about?
There are dozens of other Beach Boys songs that are great for hammock days!
Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin – ‘nuff said.
Girl from Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto – With such a sexy, breathy voice, the Brazilian beauty, the wife of the guitarist Gilberto, was probably the epitome of the “Girl from Ipanema.” I’m trying to get in touch with her to see if she’ll contribute to our upcoming vegan CD!
Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens – my dream was to be able to sing that high. I’m still dreaming.
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Don’t worry about a thing,
’cause every little thing’s gonna be alright.” Great words to live by!
Island Dreamin’ – Tsunami Wave Riders – not from the ‘70’s but since it’s from my band and it’s my list, I can break the rules and include it anyway! (and if you promise to relax to it, we’ll give you a free download!)