Monday, April 18, 2011

Music for writing

I'm of the belief that creative people are creative in lots of different areas. I, for example, spin and knit and sew and paint and well, lots of things.

But sometimes it's tough to get into the creative mood. Those juices don't always come on demand.

Those are the times I listen to music. And lots of it. There's just something about music that helps to inspire me.

And I like all kinds of tunes. As a child of the '80s, I fondly remember the "big hair bands" like Warrant, Poison, and Stryper. My first album was a Men at Work one. At some point I found a few country artists who spoke to me: Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift.

Then there's the classics. Sometimes it's better to have the instrumentals just so I don't get caught up in the words.

However, my favorite writing music has a Celtic undertone. Enya and Celtic Women are often heard from my office as I crank out a few thousand words for the day.

Like any other "mental devise," though, even my stand-by selections don't always work. I'm often in search of new bands, new songs to add to the mix.

What music do you suggest? What inspires you? What is good to write to?



Anonymous said...

Great post! Everything I write is deeply informed by music. I have two styles of music and writing: blues/soul/R&B/classic country - just general Southern music. And then there's jazz, old school stuff like Miles Davis and Chet Baker. The two different genres of music make me write very differently! But that's what I love about it.

Nichole R. Bennett said...

I love jazz, too! I just don't listen to it often for some reason... I wonder why...

Nerine Dorman said...

I must admit having rediscovered my love for Trent Reznor. This is in the aftermath of my year-long Peter Steele infatuation, which has now thankfully abated.

Trent's still alive.


I'm sad, okay? Too much vampire fiction.

Nichole R. Bennett said...

Nerine, I don't know either of those artists. I'll have to check them out.