Episode 308: The Power of Listening to Conscious Music with Drew Mcmanus

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"There is not a man alive who can make me feel poor because what I've got is worth much more."

Drew Mcmanus

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What kinds of music do you prefer to listen to? Do you ever consider how that music – and specifically the lyrics – might be impacting your subconscious mind?

Personally, I used to listen to music based purely on the sound (see: hip-hop), and although I sang along (mindlessly), I typically didn’t pay much attention to the words I was singing, or the impact they might be having on my subconscious. For example, in high school, I regularly blasted rap music (such as Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre) through the speakers of my parents 1979 Toyota family sedan that they let me drive. :^)

That was until a few years ago, when I discovered “conscious music.” What is conscious music? The word “conscious,” according to dictionary.com, means to “be aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, or surroundings.” So, conscious music would be that which enlightens one about the world around them. It is music that causes us to be aware of what’s going on and causes us to really think deepr about ourselves and our lives. Conscious music is typically music with a positive, purposeful message behind it.

Now, I prefer listening to music with positive, purposeful lyrics that inspire me to expand my consciousness, and to feel more love and gratitude in my life – and few artists have inspired those feelings in me like Drew McManus, lead singer of the band Satsang.

Satsang’s music and Drew’s lyrics leaves me feeling like I’m in a meditation session or in the presence of a spiritual guru.

Today, Drew joins the podcast to share the story of his journey to conscious music, as well as how he overcame addiction and burnout to create the best art of his life and connect with audiences all over the world.


  • How Drew’s dream of touring with Michael Franti came true, and how it ultimately caused him to rethink and rearrange his life’s priorities.
  • Why music led Drew away from school in his teens, into a major drug addiction, and how he was able to overcome his addiction.
  • How Drew recovered from professional burnout and went on to make the best music of his life.
  • Why Drew splits the difference between writing uplifting and grateful songs and more critical songs about the state of the world – and how both can be conscious.
  • The potentially violent sport that opened up Drew’s heart and became a spiritual practice for him.
  • And a whole lot more!


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"If you're not present, then there will be a consequence for your lack of mindfulness."

Drew Mcmanus

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