You know how certain songs fuel a person’s productivity? Like DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win?”

All I do is win win win no matter what/Got money on my mind I can never give it up/And every time I step up in the building everybody hands go up/And they stay there…

That song has probably moved mountains…of paperwork…from inboxes to done files. It’s no doubt prompted couch potatoes to lick the salt off their lips, click the TV off, raise themselves, go forth and conquer. You cannot listen to that song and stay put. It helps set things in motion!

But today, that is not the tune that’s pushing me to make that one more phone call or send out that next e-mail. Oddly enough, I cannot get composer John Williams’ theme from Schindler’s List out of my head! The first time you hear the violin-driven piece, you’re haunted. The second time you hear it…you’re haunted. The 159th straight time you listen to the music, you’re haunted–and hungry and ticky and your hair is sticking straight up and your brain is like an egg in a frying pan and you’re drooling a little bit from string-induced hypnosis yet all the while you know you’re playing something over and over again that is so purely the epitome of perfection. The tone. The beauty. The unspoken soliloquy. You want more than anything to produce something even half as clear and deep and provocative as that composition.

Itzhak Perlman’s performance of the theme leaves you spent. Now, here’s a guy who has no business being who he is. Born in Tel Aviv, as a kid he taught himself how to play the violin on a toy. At a young age he contracted polio, but he didn’t let that stop him. Perlman went on to study at Juilliard and play Carnegie Hall and the Ed Sullivan Show. Today, he’s a seemingly accessible untouchable–the violinist and composer and teacher who simply makes music sing in a way no other can.

It’s a spirit of winning no matter what. I prefer to think that spirit dwells within us all. But it takes hard work and determination to move it.

Music helps.

The theme from Schindler’s List is not letting me let up. And while it may be an odd motivator, it’s doing the trick. I’ve got to produce today. And you do, too. What music is fueling you?

What’s making you win?

Til next time!

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