Music and writing
There is magick in music, in lyrics twined with harmony and melody, in the pulse of a drum and the breeze or brass of a voice.
I love all kinds of music from classical to electronica, from bluegrass to opera - I have sampled it all, but there is no doubt I have my favorites.
On my website, in the Arcade, I have a section dedicated to music, and there you will find reviews and links. Currently, I have a review up for "Wounded Heart of America - The Songs of Tom Russell".
I truly love lyrical song, but as much as I do, I can't listen to such great songwriters while I write! I end up listening and singing along (we won't mention how off key, or how the cat howls...) and not writing!
So, when I write, I listen to classical, but I also listen to instrumental works (a lot of celtic and new wave) and movie soundtracks. Some of my favorite soundtracks are, "Lord of the Rings" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World". On Master and Commander, the cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma are just wonderful.
What do you listen to - if anything - while you write or read?
I grew up listening to about anything. Then when I got married and had children, I listened to what they liked to get a feel of everything. Of late I think I listen to more of country and watch the GAC channel to catch Blake Shelton or Keith Urban, and sometimes I will just put in a saxophone type music or instrumental
I pretty much listen to everything as well. I have some favorites, but it depends on my mood as to what I'll be listening to. I do the same as you with singing along to the music while I'm doing things and my cats and dog look at me like I have three heads when I do. :lol:
When I'm writing I tend to listen to whoever I think Danny, Beth and Gabriel would listen to. It helps me with their charcters.
When I am not writing, I like AfroCelts, U2, and Frank Sinatra, very eclectic.
I love listening to movie soundtracks also when I write. Lord of the Rings is one of my too. I currently have Last to the Mohicans and Braveheart on the disc spinner. They're great for inspiring heroic prose.
spent yesterday afternoon lying on the sofa, with a good glass of red wine listening to some Jools Holland jazz. All in the name of research of course!
That's a nice way to spend the afternoon! :biggrin: