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More than Background Noise

By Ross Seligman, August 20, 2020

Music has always been in the background of our lives when we’re in the elevator, in the car, in the shower, or even at the trendiest bar in town.


But have you ever noticed what happens when there isn’t music around? How boring your showers and car rides become. How extremely awkward your elevator rides are now. Or even how silent and dull Friday nights out are.


Thus, have we ever really taken a step back and really paid attention to the impact music has on us?

Music has had a more significant purpose than providing background noise and entertainment in our lives – it’s been there during our biggest moments in life. From the lowest moments like during our first break-up when we were teens crying in our rooms and hiding from the world. To the highest peaks, like when we are walking down the aisle and having our first slow dance together. In other words, it marks significant moments in our lives. It helps us relive old cherished memories that we forget about because of our busy day to day lives.

Most importantly, it helps us process the emotions the mind otherwise can’t.

One of my favorite things to do (pre-COVID) was to visit record stores and just browse for old throwbacks. I would find hidden gems of artists and albums I used to listen to when I was growing up. Jamming out to Justin Timberlake on my way to school was my thing!!! So if you have time and feel comfortable, I highly recommend visiting your local records store like Jump Jump Music to relive those memories again.

Ross Seligman

Principal Broker | OR


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Ross Seligman moved to Portland in 1999 after accidentally discovering this oasis of a city in a nationwide desert of strip malls and sprawl. Ross likes to call Portland the "land of opportunity." Why, you ask? Where else can you be a successful real estate broker while simultaneously leading a double life as a musician? That would definitely be a bizarre combination in New Jersey but, in Portland, quite ordinary. In Portland, one expects that their straight-laced accountant is secretly oil painting between Yoga classes. From the moment he arrived in Portland, Ross quickly fell in love with the vibrant energy of the people, gorgeous homes and neighborhoods, and exploding arts scene. Deciding to embrace it all, Ross became an active real estate broker and quickly immersed himself in the city culture. Working with premier Portland boutique company Living Room Realty, Ross is well known for his accessibility, integrity, professionalism, knowledge of the market, and passion for Portland. When he is not busy representing clients or studying market trends, you can find Ross playing music around the city, hiking and camping in the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific NW, and spending as much time with friends and family as possible. Ross Seligman also appeared on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in NYC as Janis Joplin's guitarist in "A Night With Janis Joplin".
Ross and his "Own It Portland" team are known for their passion for people and real estate. They are enjoying Portland's growth and expansion all while embracing the quirks that make this city so special. Ross and his team can help sell your house for the highest possible price, release you from the unpredictable rental market and secure your dream home as a buyer. They will answer any questions about the Portland real estate market and process, all while making you feel part of a strong team. With hundreds of home sales closed representing buyers and sellers all throughout the Portland Metro Area, Ross and The Own It Portland team have a proven track record of outstanding, top level service and results. Whether it is receiving keys in your hand or top dollar for your home sale, Ross and and his team are the go-to real estate pros for Portland and would love to help you achieve your goals, surpassing expectations every step of the way.
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