Reify 8&21

Welcome to your 3-minute pause. Let's focus on your practice of pursuing awesome.



Music and your brain

Research using fMRI technology and PET scans has shown that listening to music activates more than just the auditory area of your brain. When you listen to music, many parts of your brain are activated.


And the parts that are activated can vary depending on each individual's experiences and musical training. 


So the way your brain responds to music is 

unique to you.



Music and meaning

Indre Viskontas is both a neuroscientist and opera singer. In her 2016 TED Talk, she reflected on how science helped her better understand music.


"Your brain is primed to search for meaning, for patterns, in a random, chaotic world. We look for these things everywhere, and we've evolved in such a way that it's enjoyable when we make a new connection, when we learn something new, when we understand something meaningful. We find pleasure in it."



Progress > Perfection

Learning the lyrics to new things (music or otherwise) can take time. Think about all the different areas of your brain lighting up, searching for meaning and patterns in the chaos. 


Of course it takes time!


But you can enjoy a song before you've learned to sing all the words perfectly. 



“Go for progress. Don't worry about perfection.” 

- Stephanie Hinz in a 2021 Reify Conversation

Stephanie is the Health Education Program Coordinator for the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Even your favorite song was once a new song. 


What's the one that gets you to sing the loudest?




Reify 8&21 is a digital publication 

intentionally sent on the 8th and 21st
to disrupt your status-quo 

with an encouraging reset.

Photo Credits: 


Man with headphones photo by Soundtrap.

Headphones and music sheets photo from Pikwizard.

Photo of Idina Menzel from her Twitter bio.

Nostalgic radio photo from photosforyou.

Hair flip and music photo by Andrea Piacquadio.