Nothing like a cup of coffee to start your day and boost your creativity. The amount of serenity and happiness that just one cup contains is the sole reason why most people choose coffee to start a day. Not tea or Long Island Ice Tea. Coffee is the food for your creativity. How? Let’s take a look.
Ways how coffee can boost your music-making
Live good, die old
The 27 club, as cool as it may sound, is not a club you should strive to be a member of. Well, coffee is a source of antioxidants and a mighty good source. Drinking your coffee, especially black coffee, will have tremendous effects on your health. You are less likely to die from cancer, liver diseases, or diabetes. Moreover, coffee protects your mental health from Parkison’s and Alzheimer’s disease. So, coffee shields you from all the negative things that could negatively influence your inspiration, body, and mind.
O happy day
Even the smell of freshly ground coffee is enough to put a smile on our faces. That feeling of happiness only gets better after the first sip. Magic? Nope, just good old serotonin, the happy hormone. Caffeine increases the level of serotonin in your brain (among few other hormones) and makes you happy, sharp, and ready to write, compose and play. And with the portable coffee maker, you can play, write and search for your inspiration on the go. From studios to quiet forests, or before important gigs, your coffee will be at the reach of your hand.
Coffee will boost your problem-solving skills by making you focused. That’s great for many, many things, but some say it kills creativity. Well, yes and no. Music isn’t just about playing tunes in front of roaring masses. It’s a lot of hard work, composing, writing, and practicing. Coffee helps you with all of that. But what about the creativity part? Well, coffee does put you in a better mood, makes you healthier, and you think and act faster. Can you think of any better basis for creativity? We can’t.
Should musicians drink coffee on the day of the gig?
– You are a regular coffee drinker, and you will drink your cup of joe even on the day of Armageddon. So, it’s just a day like any other.
– Opening night jitters, what are those? If coffee has no effect on your mental health whatsoever.
– You want to feel happy and full of energy. There is nothing better than coffee for that. Great taste, a little bit of caffeine, and soon after, you will get a dopamine kick, which will cause your facial muscles to move, aka feeling good and smiling.
– You suffer from anxiety, stage fright, or cold sweat. Coffee will not help. On the contrary, it will increase your heartbeat, and worsen your mood.
– Are you a singer? Then ease on the coffee, at least three hours before singing. Coffee dehydrates, and that will badly affect your vocal cords. And don’t get me even started on milk. If you absolutely must drink your coffee, choose black or with the addition of plant-based milk.
– If you don’t usually drink coffee, your big day is a bad day to start. We would recommend tea or a fruit smoothie. Pick a tea with less caffeine.
Yes, that exists, too. Johan Sebastian Bach, a famous coffee lover, wrote a miniature comic opera about coffee addiction. He should know, as he was an avid coffee lover, like most musicians. Great minds think alike.