by Barb Goffman
Some people need silence to
write. I could go either way. Silence works. But sometimes, so does
music. Certain songs just put me in a creative mood. Here are a few
songs/albums that I sometimes work to:
My favorite songs on the album are "Searchin' My
Soul," "Walk Away Renee," and "Maryland." But I can't listen to any of
these songs individually if I want to use them for creative purposes. My
brain knows the order they appear on the album, and if I don't hear
them in that order, I get pulled out of what I'm doing.
Funny thing is I can't name a
single song on this album off the top of my head. It works that well as
background music--it blurs into my subconscious, keeping me from getting distracted.
One nice thing about this album
is it's all instrumental, and the songs are somewhat similar to each
other, so they blend from one to the next easily, and I don't even
notice them really, yet they help keep me focused.
So those are some of my go-to music choices. The key to all these songs is that they make me feel energetic but
they're not distracting. What I notice is when the music ends.
How about you? Do you need silence to write? Can music help you? What works for you?