A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on Writing to Music. I asked you:
What music do you use to write to?
Some of you can’t listen to anything at all:
Many people suggested (as did Janel in the comments to the original blog):
I have found that I can’t really write to music that has lyrics. I just got distracted by the words. So I usually listen to epic videogame or epic film soundtracks, classical, or ambient dance music to write.
The older I get, the smaller the repertoire of things I can listen to while I work. Must be instrumental and not super interesting.
— Elizabeth Keenan (@badcoverversion) March 19, 2014
Lots of you need something inspiring, energising, that makes you happy:
For some people, music is so integral to their writing process that it gets mentioned in their acknowledgements:
The responses reminded me of a much earlier conversation I’d had on Twitter with some classical musicians:
I said “I listen to mindless, cheerful bubblegum pop to write. I find it hard to listen to anything when I read. But my students say ‘THE BEST are orchestral film sound tracks’
Nothing vocal: get distracted. Zippy baroque orchestral for me!
— Katherine Cooper (@ZwischenKath) February 3, 2014
Handel Solomon. Specifically McCreesh (on Youtube).
— Alexandra Wilson (@amwilson_opera) February 3, 2014
Soundtrack to The Last Samurai v good for the long-haul
— Lauren Arrington (@ArringtonLauren) February 3, 2014
Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach Orchestral Suites – good for poking brain
— Tasha Alden (@Tasha_Alden) February 3, 2014
I’ve a wonderful Jordi Savall/Vivaldi concerto CD which is POWERFUL — Corrina Connor (@corrinacellist) February 3, 2014
But sometimes Bach can overwhelm my brain. — Corrina Connor (@corrinacellist) February 3, 2014
Certainly my partner likes to listen to Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier… or increasingly, silence to write to.
I found the variety of responses absolutely fascinating. And, since I’m always looking for more music to add to my playlist–I hope this inspires you!