Frank sent me the music baton. I don’t do chain letters, but I thought this was cute. Sorry, Frank, I’m still going to relate it to work.The official stuff: Total volume of music on my computer: 1128 songs (or 3.2 days, 5.23 GB) The last CD I bought: I can’t remember if it was Saturday Night Fever (for workouts and dance practice) or 25 Bach Favorites for writing. Song playing right now: Neville Brothers, Voo Doo (from Louisiana Gumbo) Five songs I listen to a lot, or mean a lot to me: Mozart (I can’t pick just one) when I write, Albioni and Vivaldi when I write, Nigel Kennedy when I write, Van Morrison, Steely Dan for cleaning up my office. Sorry, I’m not following the directions to choose just one song. I don’t know how to do that 🙂
Five people I’m passively passing this on to: Esther, Dale, Don, Alan Francis, and Clarke Ching. Now, to why I titled this post about muse. I’m one of those people who’s frequently humming. When I work out, I sing while working out (I can only do that at home, not when I travel. Even I know that!). I learned early that if I wanted to write, I needed to listen to music with no words. Otherwise, I would write down the words to the song while I was thinking. So I write almost exclusively to instrumental music, primarily classical. (I started this post while listening to task music, and switched when I realized I wasn’t writing well.)For tasks such as cleaning up my office or getting organized for the next day, I use rock and roll of some variety. I need something that makes me want to get up and move around.I find that my choice of music absolutely affects what I can and cannot successfully do. If you haven’t tried classical music yet for writing, whether it’s a natural language or code, I highly recommend it. My favorites are violin concertos.