Yes, I know we all talk about this a lot, but I felt like having just a little fun with it on a blog post today.
The music I listen to when I write is all over the place. For years, I had to put on the same CD to get me into the groove–The McGarrigle Sister’s Metapedia. Then Pandora came along, and I made a McGarrigle station, and all sort of other stuff popped up. I tended to listen to various “angry women singers,” while I was working on the YA–Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morissette, P!nk, Pat Benatar. For my picture book, I created a House at Pooh Corner CD, but that didn’t really work, so I tend to go more random on that.
For non-writing work, there are days I need to be woken up, so a little Katrina and the Waves sometimes helps, or my wonderful Cyndi Lauper. Maybe some Motown. Then there are days when I need to be settled down and not get distracted by the beat–Van Morrison, The Duhks.
The last couple of days, I’ve actually been sticking in my earbuds at my work desk and listening to, wait for it….my yoga music. Well, okay, it’s the Deuter station–which is a group recommended by one of my Yoga teachers. I’m rather in shock at this, actually, because two years ago, I scorned the thought of yoga music, even for yoga. How we change. I do think it’s a sign of how I’ve been feeling in January–pulled in multiple directions, brain bouncing like a pinball in reaction to stimuli. It seems to be helping me focus, helping me stay quiet. So I’m going with it.
Let’s play a little in the comments. What are you listening to today? Why? And what project is it helping you with?