April 27, 2011 by Renee
I find working without music impossible. Anyone else? It doesn’t matter what I’m doing; writing, cleaning, editing, I must have background noise. But just not the screaming “Moooom!” kind of noise. That doesn’t work for me at all.
It occured to me today, just how much I rely on music. It’s like the background noise, the mood it creates, isolates me in this little creative cocoon. Without it, I’m wandering off to Twitter, Facebook, Youtube…not good.
What is it about music? If I’m having “one of those days”, I can put on a certain song and pull myself from the doldrums. Can’t seem to write anything? Well, just crank up the radio. The lyrics affect me just as much as the beat. Perhaps that’s what it is. Music tells a story just as fiction does.
I find certain genres are more inspirational at different times. If I’m working on a love scene…this is going sound awful…but music like Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, or…Aerosmith inspires some kickass lovin. Seriously. The pool table scene in Dirty Truths was written to Nickelback’s Dark Horse album. In Once Bitten, it was Aerosmith all the way..hours and hours of Aerosmith. My kids threatened to smother me in my sleep if I ever played it again. How can anyone not enjoy Steven Tyler?
Fancy, by Reba McIntyre actually inspired an entire novel…which shall sit in the shadows gathering cobwebs until I figure out what to do with its awfulness. Because of You (Kelly Clarkson and Reba) got me through some really tough scenes in I Do.
I listen to nearly every genre of music, except anything that screams lyrics I can’t understand or that raps. I can’t work with that stuff. Lately, I’ve been working to a lot of 80’s and 90’s tunes. They just wake my brain up like nothing else. Oh, and Adam Lambert. He makes me smile.
I’m curious about the rest of you. What’s your writing playlist?