Many may be asking…What in the “hay” is the Marconi Union Weightless song?
Music has always been a great tool for relaxing after a long, busy day.
It is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to put an end to whatever troubling thoughts are keeping you from being happy.
You just need to find a quiet spot, plug in your headphones, and close your eyes for a little while.
As I’ve shared in my post on the best stress relief music, there are many genres available to accomplish this task.
Everyone has their favorites, I’m sure.
Maybe you like to listen some popular classical piece. Perhaps you prefer Native American Flute sounds to ease your flustered mind. And yes, many people find the tunes of Coldplay very relaxing. (myself included:)
But one band out of Manchester has topped them all when it comes to creating a song dedicated entirely to relieving stress and anxiety.
They are called Marconi Union, and the song is….you guessed it! Weightless!!!
Is It The Most Relaxing Song Ever?
Well, that’s a matter of opinion, but many people and professionals think so.
Way back in 2011, a group of scientists played the song for 40 women to solicit their feelings on the subject.
Surprisingly, the women found it more relaxing than the music of Mozart, Enya, and yes, even Coldplay!
UK based research company Mindlab International also compiled their own facts regarding the positive effects of “Weightless.”
They discovered that it generates a 65% reduction of anxiety, along with a 35% lessening of our typical physiological resting rates.
In fact, it was found to be more powerful than any other song they have ever tested!
Never being one to blindly accept the opinions of others…I had to listen to it myself.
I will say that it is a most interesting piece of music, and does produce a general feeling of relaxation for me on certain days. Other times not so much, but that could just be my own eccentric psyche LOL.
In conducting further research, I discovered a few people who indeed felt Marconi Union’s offering was unpleasant and somewhat disturbing. Most, however, agreed with the majority consensus.
So why don’t you give it a listen for yourself? Slip on some headphones and enjoy the approximately 8-minute official video!
Not while driving or operating machinery, though, as it can make you drowsy!
How Does It Work?
Now that you’ve had a chance to listen to the Marconi Union Weightless song for yourself, you might be wondering how it produces such tranquil, serene feelings.
For starters, the band worked in conjunction with sound therapists during the process of creation.
Their goal was to come up with something that would lower the listeners blood pressure, levels of stress, and of course the heart rate.
They achieved this by utilizing a resonating landscape featuring piano, guitar, and other electronic, natural sounds. A dreamlike flow is hence produced throughout the experience.
To get a bit more technical, the rhythm is designed to entrain, or match, the heartbeat of the listener. In this case, it starts at 60 beats per minute and slowly works its way down to 50.
During the process your heart rate will naturally decrease as it syncs itself to the music.
And since there is no repetitive melody, one’s brain can also shut off any unwanted activity without the burden of having to predict what is coming next.
This correlates perfectly with the principles of music and relaxation.
According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson from Mindlab International, he described what he has learned from studies of brain imaging. These tests showed that music effects very deep levels within the brain, stimulating those areas not only responsible for processing sound, but additionally those related with emotions.
We know for a fact this is true, because after all…don’t sad songs always make us cry? LOL
Science declares one clear piece of info that none of us can avoid.
If we want our bodies and minds to endure over time, we need to make giving them a rest our top priority.
With a constant inundation of input coming at us every day, from apps on our phone, to meetings and deadlines at work, commitments, emails, and texts….this can leave all of us feeling exhausted and run down.
Music is the perfect cure.
It can turn negative thoughts to positive ones, help us fall asleep better, and relieve stress and anxiety in a very short period of time.
The Marconi Union Weightless song is a great tool to have available for this purpose.
Whether you listen to it while studying, play it in the background during yoga, or just put it on when you need to relax after a tough day, it will become a familiar ally to many I’m sure.