Can music lessen the stress of road travel?
The highways could certainly use less road rage, drowsy driving and distracted driving. Throw into the mix a way to relieve tight shoulder and neck muscles and generally diminish the stress of being behind the wheel and hours of travel sounds downright heavenly.
Steve Halpern says these are just some of the things drivers will experience by listening to his CD, Drive Time Rx.
The keyboard player, who has released 70 mind-soothing recordings in the last 35 years, says his concept is simple. Buried within his uptempo jazz compositions on Drive Time Rx, are five- to 10–word subliminal messages that release feelings of stress and tensions. “Some are very prosaic,” Halpern says. “Others work on maintaining the driver’s own state of relaxed alertness and letting go of anger and dealing with a state of calm.”
The messages instruct drivers to maintain safe speeds, check rearview mirrors and keep safe distances between their vehicles and those in front of them.
“You don’t hear it, but suddenly your brain accepts it as true,” he claims.
Now can he work on a CD that tells drivers how to maneuver around trucks?