This was yesterday morning…
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But it could apply to today. Difference? That was yesterday.
I have no idea yet what today’s musical choices will include. I’ve written before that I tend to listen to music when I sit writing at a PC. I do so especially in our current house here: we live in a busy English village, so road noises and even conversations outside naturally drift up to my office window and unsurprisingly that’s distracting if one is trying to think and write.
Music, of course, masks street noises – and actually it masks them a lot. And it does enjoyably so.
I have all of the Beatles albums and singles on one iPhone playlist. (Trivia: they produced about 10 hours of music over the course of their entire 1962-1970 activity.) I enjoy not just “old” pop music like that and Sting – who, if you listened to him, was serious stuff – and 80s, 90s, and early 2000s numerous others (commensurate, I suppose, with my age), but some newer as well, such as Adele. I search through SoundCloud occasionally also in particular for its “little known” new and “indie” performers; if you look you can find talents such as London-born singer Patrina Morris (who is more prominently now on iTunes also), Norwegian Therese J (a folk singer/songwriter – and with a ukulele, too), and French Gwen Bovilan (whom I discovered some years back through finding her version of the 1967 Box Tops hit, “The Letter“).
Since my teens, I have also loved “classical” music, particularly J.S. Bach and Mozart. I like film and TV soundtracks as well. I can listen to John Barry’s Out of Africa soundtrack probably a gazillion more times. My iPhone playlists are also full of the likes of the A Beautiful Mine (Theme music from Mad Men), Downton Abbey – The Suite, and HBO’s John Adams soundtrack, and more.
Even over in the Catskills, where it is far more quiet in the house, I don’t think I could write in total silence. At the very least, the headset goes on. Indeed, if you think you have “writer’s block,” one way forward which I would recommend is putting on some favorite music in the background as you look to write: music relaxes you and can release any “knots” in your head.
In fact, in my head, if I hear music I was listening to at the time I was writing a book, I find I associate that music with that novel. Such is the impression it makes on us inside.
You may well be reading this with headphones in. I dare to wonder what music you associate with me? Have a good day, wherever you are. 🙂