So here we are facing a blank word document, the words are waiting to tumble from the brain to the hand and then to the screen. As with any good writing session it is late, the curtains are drawn and the din of everyday life is reduced to a comfortable silence as the world slips into a collective slumber to rest and recuperate but not me. No, this is my time. Late at night, when the world is sleeping and finally there is enough calm and serenity as the night muffles out the last few sounds that indicate I am not the only and last living soul in this universe is the most productive time for me creatively.
Sometimes I must admit I like to write in silence, only the clunk of the keyboard and the whirling of my brain filling the silence. But more often than not I like to have I-tunes open and some music gently filling the empty aura. What I listen to depends very much on my mood, sometimes its a pumping, banging metal collection, other times its a bit of classical or opera. Most of the time though I have a selection play list that are filled with my hippy no-lyrics or unobtrusive lyrics playing. Fairport convention, Simon and Garfunkel, Enya, Loreena Mckennit, Buena Vista social club and Van Morrison are some of the bands on the list. The reason this play list is my favourite is simply because I love to sing and if the lyrics are too rousing or ‘sing-along’ songs, I end up getting lost in the music rather than getting lost in the haze of the Muse’s inspiration.
Tonight I’m feeling pretty chilled so no old school Metallica, Evanescence or Sex pistols for me. Tool, Linkin Park & Rage against the Machine will have to be my inspiration for days when I want to write more frantically and aggressively. For now though I sign off ready for a gentle frenzy as I go crazy for creativeness.
Perhaps you too have different selections of music or albums you like listening too for different writing moods. Or do you ‘enjoy the silence’?
Whatever your preference I hope you are both creative and chilled tonight.