This post is going to go in a completely different direction that I originally thought it would. So let me start with what I expected to tell you first, and then get to what I discovered.
As described in #NaNoWriMo soundtrack – Part 1, music has been and will always be a big part of my life. Of course this sounds funny coming from a guy with no natural sense of rhythm (never learned to play an instrument) and is tone deaf (I can only make a joyful noise), but none the less, I love music. I’m guy cruising to work as part of the rat race performing my own personal concert in my car, music blaring and singing at the top of my lungs. Come on, you know you do it to.
I am also the type of person that uses music as a shield against the rest of the world when I need to concentrate. When I am at work, writing computer code, I have to have music in my ears to drown out the office noise so I can get lost in code. So Naturally, when I am writing I find I need to use music to help my mind focus on creating the world in which my characters are acting.
I want to tell you about the eclectic list of bands that I love to listen to. There is no natural reason these bands should ever be included in any list together, but they are the bands and songs that entertain me. From southern rock classics like Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hold On Loosely by 38 Special, to 90’s metal hits like Epic by Faith No More and Where Ever I May Roam by Metallica. I enjoy 80’s pop hits like She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby, I Ran (So Far Away) by A Flock of Seagulls and Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
There are the obscure hits like Monster Side by Addict, Tree Of Liberty by Sons Of Liberty and Carry On by Manowar. Of course I enjoy the comedic songs like Skipper Dan and White And Nerdy from Weird Al Yankovic and Jerry Was A Race Car Driver by Primus.
Classic hits like Behind Blue Eyes from The Who, Your Song by Elton John, Time In A Bottle from Jim Croce and Joy To The World by Three Dog Night. And my list can go on and on, there are currently 120 tracks on my Spotify play list, but I think you get the picture.
That is the music I wanted to tell you about, music to recommend you listen to while writing. That all changed when thewriterscafe247 commented on Part 1 and recommend I try classical music. thewriterscafe247 were not the first person to recommend classical, but it was that suggestion that caused me to search Spotify for Mozart and give it a try.
Can you guess what happened? Yup, it worked. See, I knew I had smart readers.
I tried it at first at work while coding, it provided me with the shield I need from office distractions and it entertained me with some great music. Mozart also did one thing better, that I knew my playlist was guilty of doing wrong, it didn’t distract me itself. All those great hits have a tendacy to cause me to want to sing along, to get sucked into their story (listen to The Downeaster Alexa by Billy Joel and try not to cry), Mozart did not do that.
So in conclusion, it looks like I will be putting together a classical music play list for November. Mozart is at the top of my list, Beethoven was good also. I found that I did not like the piano based songs as much, so I want to stick to orchestras. I would love recommendations of composers and albums that I can try out. Obviously, this is a new genre of music for me and I have no knowledge outside of common knowledge, so I am asking for suggestions.
Until next time…