Guess what day it is? TCWT day! And today we are talking about something that is a constant part of my life: music!
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How does music relate to your writing?
The short answer: it doesn’t.
I mean, I completely invite you to check out the rest of the chain, and you will find beautiful writing and people who have different playlists for each and every novel they write or favorite movie soundtracks or different sounds that are super way meaningful.
And, um, I don’t do that.
I mean, I have 2-4 hour fantasy/Celtic tracks; the Riverdance album used to be up. I listened to The Lion King OBCR the other day, occasionally there is a Les Mis funk, and I will listen to my playlists at all the times of the day. Most of the time I just turn on Pandora when I want to get down to business.
I have one Pandora station (originally made in 2011), and I like all the things on there. It tends to centralize around pop, rock, new wave, Disney, country, metal, alternative, musicals, Celtic, instrumental, classical, and songs in different languages and it is good to listen to.
I recorded everything I listened to for an hour, which was mostly rock, with a few others mixed in, and then it turned into musicals and pop/children’s afterwards. Anyway, here’s a glimpse at what I listened to today.
The Ralph Covert one is gray because I thumbed that one down. And I love “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Great songs, and you are welcome to go hunt them down.
But the thing is… Sometimes songs are inspiration, and sure, maybe I’ll pick a certain track to meet my mood, but writing music isn’t a thing for me. Everything is work music. And if I can’t work while I’m listening to it, then I can’t play it.
That goes for homework. That goes for blogging. It goes for novel-writing and it goes for cleaning my room.
For some people, music is an almost spiritual experience, because music is one thing that can get in your veins and addict you and inspire you and open your mind, and it’s good because it’s not illegal. Certainly, there’s some music out there that can hurt us, but at the moment I’m listening to “Go Go Go Joseph” (okay, not all of us have gotten over our Andrew Lloyd Webber phase just yet, thanks) and I’m bopping around in my seat.
Lately I’ve been addicted to “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence” and been humming along to that.
Owl City really kept me going on the walk home today.
AND I LOVE AFI’S “MISS MURDER” DO YOU PEOPLE EVEN KNOW I FREAK OUT EVERY TIME I GET TO THAT ONE.
*sigh* Songs about suicidal narcissists are great.
Anyway… Go read the other people’s blog posts. They have a fantastic grouping of instrumentals, movie tracks, and artists to suit your every mood.
But I’m also posting this, because I wanted to remind you: yes, there are writers who have that particular track, brand, style, album, or whatever to keep them going. Music is their muse. And that is perfectly fine.
It’s just that some of us listen to music that is red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and grey and purple and white and pink and orange and blue.
I mean that in the literal sense (*Joseph*). But I mean it in a figurative one, too. I don’t care what I’m listening to, really. It could be last week’s single or a hit from 50 years ago. Mellifluous or edgy. Instrumental or vocal.
I just need the kind that pumps me up for the next song.
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So, what do you listen to while you write or work? Is it awesome? Is it The Beatles? I love The Beatles! But you can also like other things, too. Do you like Joseph? Hammond from Jurassic Park is in that movie. What are you listening to right now?
If you ARE in the blog chain—be sure to remind me to look at your post, if I haven’t visited already!
If you ARE NOT in the blog chain—go check out what everyone else has to say! There are some great music recs; I promise.
Prompt: “How does music relate to your writing?”
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7th – Listen to Envision
8th – Music and Writing
9th – http://www.freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/ <My service provider doesn't believe this site exists...
10th – TCWT Blog Chain Post
11th – When Music and Writing Collide and TCWT February Blog Chain
12th – 8 Essential Tracks of Writing Playlists
13th – Write Me a Story, Sing Me a Song and Music is Love, Music is Life
14th – Joys of Music
15th – Prog Rock and Prog Writing and Music and Writing
16th – How Does Music Relate To Your Writing? and Music and Writing
17th – Music for the Pen and Where Words Fail, Music Speaks
18th – ME! and Do You Hear That?
19th – How Does Music Relate to Your Writing?
20th – I Won't Write Until the Fat Lady Sings
21st – Teens Can Write, Too! (February 2015) and My Favorite Music for Writing
22nd – http://loonyliterate.com/ and Music, and Writing
23rd – A Taco King and Still a Winged Princess
24th – How Music Influences My Writing and Music and Writing
25th – What Music Fuels Me?
26th – Writing with Music and Teens Can Write, Too! February Blog Chain
27th – February TCWT Chain and http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/
28th – https://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)