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    Music and Writing...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by AnDay, May 6, 2009.

    :eek: Something odd has happend the other day. I have heard many of times that music is good for writing. I hear it lets you relax and focus on your work; its all just a matter of finding the right genre of music. For the longest time I couldn't find anything I could focus with. I tried all sorts of music I listen to on a daily bases such as: Classic rock, Reggea, hard rock. Anything I could think of I tried, nothing worked for me. Last night I was working on a rough draft I have been pounding my head over and with no music I couldn't stand it. It felt like I had nothing to motivate me. so I stopped right away and searched the internet for new genres of music. After a while I ran into classical music such as: Antony Holborne, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Bahtoven. I sat and gave the music a chance. At first I thought this was the dumbest thing ever, but once I cleared my head of what others might think, I soked in the beauty. I haven't found one artist I didn't like yet. I am so focused with this genre of music. I even catch myself listening to it when not working on my stories; like as of now I am absorbing the beauty of the music while I write this. As a 17 year old kid I find this to be odd seeing how not every Junior in high school would listen to Johann Friedrich Fasch. I have discovered once I put aside the stuck up attitude of a school boy I can find I enjoy things I never would have thought I would have.

    I find music to be a great technique for writing. I thought I would post my experience to let you guys know that if you haven't found the right kind of music don't stop searching; it's crazy what you can find. Or if you don't like the music playing while you write that's cool too. I for one couldn't stand it. I hope this has helped anyone who has been having similar problems. :D
     
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    Indeed! :) I listen to electronica normally, but I've got classical and instrumental acoustics reserved specifically for writing. --I find lyrical pieces tend to more easily put me into whatever mood intended, which can and does deter my writing in that case.

    A good tool, music is.
     
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    You're surprised that you like classical music?? Everyone likes classical music! We might not listen to it all the time, but I'm pretty sure you couldn't find a person who actually disliked Beethoven or Bach. But yeah, I'm pretty sure Baroque is meant to be the best for improving your thinking, something to do with waves or whatever.
     
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    I Agree as well. I listen to almost anything, and it usually helps me as well. When i was growing up i was in the school band, laugh if you want, so i have a certain love for classical music as well. Glad you found some you like.
     
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    JGraham,

    There is no reason to laugh for being in the school band. Last week two band students were caught in our band room baby making. Those guys know their way around.
     
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    AnDay.

    I love music as well, and also find it enjoyable while writing. I listen to classic stuff but I also listen to acoustic easy going music. My favorite band (the band that I listen to everyday) is The Fray. I know there all over the radio, but it's not just their good songs of the radio that amaze me, but every song I listen to by that group I love; the emotions in the lyrics are mind blowing. Try some stuff by the fray like: Enough for Now, Vienna (Amazing) Heaven Forbid, You found me (Their new single... I love it) and of course: How to save a life and cable car song. Go to YouTube and listen to their stuff for free. Try the song called Hundred, it's good stuff, and before that listen to Enough For Now by the fray, I quoted the song earlier, but man the lyrics in that song are really deep, I can't help but getting my creativity flowing when I listen to that song. Good Luck.
     
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    I almost always listen to music when I write, and I listen to classical, though it's rare I listen to classical while writing because when I do, I want to focus on the music. I'll usually just put my playlist on random, or if I want a particular mood for a scene I'll pick a particular album and listen through it.
     
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    I think it's something to do with me being a musical thinker that prevents me from doing any writing while the music is on, because listening is an intellectual activity that uses the same mental processes as those used when I'm writing. It would be as difficult as singing and playing a difficult guitar riff at the same time.
     
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    I like listerning to music when writing.

    I'm a great lover of music as it is; and I love the fact that music transports me into this whole other world when I listern to it.
     
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    I also listen to music when writing, but find it hard to focus when there's words, so usually it's just classical or instrumental pieces.
    If there's singing with intelligible words, I find it hard to focus.
     
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    I agree with Lavarian...
    I have tried many times to write while listening to music with lyrics, but I always seem to get distracted by the words in the song. This is one of the biggest reasons I choose classical music. I will be sure and give the band a chance anyways. Thanks.
     
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    Music that fits what you're writing about works best. For me, Proterra, Faileas Air An Airigh, and Siol Ghoraidh help me write. It also depends on what type of scene you're writing, what type of music would be of use.
     
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    Music is universal, i know everyone is different but I'm always surprised when someone says they don't litsen to music, or they don't LIKE music. :confused:

    But it's an incredibly fundamental part of my life, and inspires/motivates much of my writing. As an ex-media production student, much is visualised in film-format. My first complete writing was a short script, but most things do have a strong connection with music. One of my closest works in progress is HEAVILY inspired by the music, lyrics and other things of one band - Muse. They take me on a journey outside Earth, and their beauty surpasses everything but that of what is BEYOND our atmosphere, and that is indescribably in relation to writing....

    I've had other ideas from vocals, a random lyric, sound, FEELING evoked by music... Soundtracks... I like many different things from Metallica to Mozart. I sort of agree that given the chance, most people would like classical music, even if they won't admit to it (even to themselves).

    I personally find vocals to be more helpful than instrumental music. But that's just me. Music videos help too. Like films, but shorter! It's amazing when you listen to an incredible song, with a video that grips you and shocks you. Recently, Depeche Mode's Wrong stunned me.

    I couldn't write without music. Without an artist in my head or a song.
    Also, I have this mental storage for like, a soundtrack for my ideas. Perhaps the songs that inspired me, or songs that i hear and think of one of my stories or characters.

    I also think about what music my characters would listen to. It helps me get in their heads a little :) It's nice to hear other people feel similar.
     
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    Same for me, I find it easier to have instrumentals or classical playing in the background. Although sometimes if a piece is in a foreign language I don't mind it either.
     
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    I love, love, love music. But like others here, I have to listen to pieces that I already know, already understand, and feel comfortable with. If I take a recommendation from someone else to listen to a piece that I don't know, I spend all of my writing time trying to understand it, instead of writing.

    For me, it doesn't matter if it has lyrics or not; I find that what matters is how I listen. I can't go the iPod route with earbuds, because it's too close, if that makes sense. I need a low background noise. My tv works, too, on the news or cooking shows, but mostly, I listen to low volume music.

    I've found at time when I'm grappling for a certain emotion or way of explaining, the particular music I'm listening to will help me unravel the problem. I find these moments amazing when my iPod is on random, and I never know when I'm going to get stuck.
     
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    Are you stalking me? I'm the same, right down to the BSG soundtracks.
     
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    It all depends on what you listen to and what motivates you.
    For example, sometimes I can listen to music by Daughtry, Beyonce, Iron & Wine, and more, and it works fine. But other times I might need something purely orchestra, like something by Gregory-Williams, and more. I love listening to the PotC 3 soundtrack and the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack, too. The sound of growing tension in music alone fuels me, brings out the emotion needed to put the thought to paper and get it all out. But I always try to listen to music when writing; it usually makes the writing better for me and the background noise gets rid of the OTHER background noise, allowing me to focus.

    I'm sorry if I just rambled here, and I hope that makes sense.
     
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    Emmy made an interesting point there, abour earphones. Even with headphones, its somehow constraining. Its easier at least from my laptop speakers. I never noticed that point until Emmy brought it up.
     
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    For me it all depends what I'm trying to write. Music sets a mood for me. And even if half the time the lyrics cause me to sing along in off key, that song ends in five minutes and I put down a pargraph of beautiful things. Well at least I think I do. I write in little bursts anyways, and singing along prevents me from blankly-staring-wandering-mind syndrome.

    I have it all sorted out into mood themed playlists, and depending on what I want to write, I boot up happy, or sad, or excited, or whatever else.

    Music I listen to spans from Disturbed (I'm totally in love with this band right now), over Tool (my last infatuation) across to Janis Joplin, and even dips into classical. Richard Wagner has the most amazing epic fight scene soundtrack. (Think Apocalypse Now, helicopter scene, you know what I'm talking about - The piece is called Ride of the Valkyries).
     
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    Wow, more influential words Okie - I may try that singing (or at least miming) along. Might get me more involved in the music rather than blankly wandering on a tangent haha!

    And Disturbed! *thumbs up* :D
     
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    Try it, it might help. And you might find yourself belting along with David Draiman at the top of your lungs. It's been known to happen to me. :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't listen to music when I write, can't, since I just let everything, every word fall out of my head without thinking about it, I find it difficult to concentrate with music.

    But that is awesome that you found something that helps you concentrate when writing
     
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    Music IS awesome. Someone once said "I love music, If I could I'd give it a hug" and that's probably the best thing i've heard anyone say xD !!!

    I do tend to mime whenever I hear Indestructible, but I can't sing and don't like the sound of my voice - would much rather hear his :p
     
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    My roomate probably would too, but that doesn't seem to stop me. I just crank up the volume, and voila, you can't hear me anymore.
     
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    Haha good idea. I have to wait til i'm living alone.
    But then I will *beam*
     

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