Music and writing.

Or music combined with any other task, for that matter.

This is one of those combinations that either works awesome for you … or flat-out doesn’t. You can either listen to tunes whilst pondering your next scene (or task), or what should be pleasurable to absorb sounds on par with a swarm of irritating insects when you’re trying to concentrate.

Then there’s me.

I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. Sometimes, I have days in a row where I fire up my media player (see image) as I open my Word document. Other times, I might not listen to music for days. On the occasions I do, anyone in (VERY) close proximity will hear me warbling away to Kings of Leon’s ‘Closer’, then killing The Kooks ‘Naïve’, and then my most awful rendition of Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’.

That’s only three songs out of a *playlist of twenty-eight. Only three songs before my mind becomes wholly consumed by the words on the page in front of me. Three songs before I am lost in a scene. And that’s whether I’m writing, editing, or proofreading—it’s ALWAYS the same number of songs.

I can most probably list most of the other songs I have on my play list. But the moment the tunnel vision kicks in and the deep state of zombification stakes claim, I no longer hear them.

So … what about you? To music … or not to music? What’s on your playlist?

*My playlist:

KoL, Closer:

The Kooks, Naïve:

Adele, Make you feel …:

Tom Jones, Burning down …:

KoL, Cold Desert:

Pink, I Don’t Believe You:

Black Eyed Peas, I Got a Feeling:

David Gray, This Year’s Love:

Tom Jones, Sex Bomb:

Adele, Chasing Pavements:

Alanis Morisette, Ironic:

David Gray, You’re the World:

The Kooks, Seaside:

KoL, Revelry:

Alanis Morissette, You Learn:

Adele, Someone Like You:

Tom Jones, Kiss:

Johhny Cash, Folson Prison Blues:

The Hoosiers, Worried About Ray:

Tom Jones: Baby, it’s Cold …:

KoL, Sex on Fire:

David Gray, Be Mine:

Suzanne Vega, Luka:

Alanis Morissette, Head Over Feet:

KoL, Use Somebody:

And Tom Jones/Robbie, Full Monty Medley: wraps it up nicely.

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6 thoughts on “MUSIC & LYRICS—I MEAN: WRITING!

  1. I find music highly inspiration and often glean ideas from the melody and lyrics. However, when it comes to writing the music has to go. I get so caught up in the music, it interferes with my writing. Same thing for reading… give me a bit of silence.

  2. Music is a must if I don’t have complete silence. Complete silence… that’s funny. Let’s just say music is a stress buster and today, when my MP3 player didn’t have enough juice, I couldn’t write a word. It’s charging now, thankfully.

    I have Volbeat, Good Charlette, Seether, Flyleaf, Hollywood Undead, and others I can’t quite recall. My favorite thing to do is to hit “Play All” unless I need a particular mood.

  3. You must be like me, Kastil, because I don’t even hear the music any longer once I start writing.
    Aimee, I can just imagine the sounds that get conjured in your head, LOL.
    I rarely get caught up in the music, Reena, because it’s always only ever background noise to me–but then I write better when my family’s around me making some buzz than I do in complete silence anyway. 🙂

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