Monday, March 21, 2011


Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent” ~ Victor Hugo

My husband has a condition known as “extreme left-brain.” When he is working he needs absolute silence!

I, on the other hand, am an extremely right-brained person. Silence sucks all the oxygen out of my creative flame. I must have music. But my music needs vary with what I’m writing.

If I am researching I need upbeat music like what I’m listening to right now, “Hey Soul Sister” by Train. A real toe-tapper.  I really like Jason Maraz too!

If I’m writing a first draft, nothing will do put classical music, preferably strings. Words interfere with my thought process.

If I’m editing my first draft I listen to music that fits the mood. For dark or intense scenes I’m back to classical—Pachelbel, Bach, Mozart. Instrumental works beautifully if you are not into classical. John Michael Talbot or Phil Keaggy are wonderful! If it is a romantic scene, Sinatra and Michael Buble set a great mood. If it is high emotion I like David Cook, Daughtery, or Kris Allen.

You may think that I spend my time changing CD’s or scanning my iPod for every scene. I don’t. I have something much better. It is called Pandora. It is free Internet radio. However there are a limited number of hours of free play. I subscribed for unlimited hours and I love it. I can build my own stations, so when I need a change of scene, I just click over one screen and click on the station that suits my mood.

Why not try it?

How about you? Do you listen to music while writing?