Do you listen to music when you’re creating?
I do and I want to share with you two of my favorite websites that are always playing my music.
If I don’t have specific music in mind, but just a rough idea of “electronic mood music with no lyrics” or “introspective” or “hypnotic ocean waves” or “drinking at a dive bar” 😉 , then I select the website songza.com
All the music is “made by an expert team of music critics, DJs, musicians, and musicologists” and includes over 2 thousand playlists.
When I am concentrating on my subject; especially in the beginning of the work, I prefer instrumental music because I find lyrics too distracting. There is a certain amount of tension about getting to a place where there is only color and texture and a creative flow. Sometimes, the music can help me get to that place faster.
If I have a specific band in mind, then I go to jango.com Like Songza, they bundle playlists and match your chosen musician with similar music.
The work of Marconi Union is ethereal and moody and it really helps me to get in the ‘zone’. If there is a musician reading this perhaps you have the vocabulary or understanding to tell me why this is. All I know is that their music helps me enter a creative space where nothing exists but my close observation of the subject and the moving of the paint on the canvas or paper.
My daughter Emily introduced me to this group several years ago. The kids are good for that. 😉
Sometimes even music is too distracting. Thats when I open the window and listen to the birds or the frogs/peepers.