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ghostlywanderer

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Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 7:39 PM
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Do you have a playlist or particular album or type of music you listen to when you write? Does it help set the mood, motivate you, or just add background?

I use different music depending on what mood I'm going for in my work. I tend to lean towards movie soundtracks when I write. Music is instrumental to how I feel sometimes. (ohhh, see what I did there? lol ;) )
oldblindog

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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 7:57 PM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
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No music when writing the initial draft. I need dead quiet.

But, when editing, I like to listen to classical music, chamber and symphonic. The only thing is, I can't work with any sort of vocal music--the voices and words are too much of a distraction.

I find Vaughan Williams' music particularly soothing and very effective for keeping me calm during the editing process. My favorites among his works include "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis," "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus," "The Lark Ascending," and any of the symphonies except #1 which is a choral piece. I love Sir John Barbirolli's recording of the 5th symphony especially.

Another favorite composer is Sibelius. Also good are Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Bela Bartok, Samuel Barber and many lesser known 20th century American composers like Walter Piston, Ned Rorem (also a fine memoirist) and David Diamond, plus great Baroque composers like J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi.

cheers

Terrance Aldon Shaw (call me TAS)
42rthomas

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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 8:08 PM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
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I am so non-musical that to reply to this thread after TAS would be an embarrassment to me and an insult to him.

BT
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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 8:56 PM   in response to: 42rthomas in response to: 42rthomas
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I'm gonna cheat

What TAS said.

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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 10:13 PM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
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I don't have a playlist as such, but prefer Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Frank Sinatra.
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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 10:21 PM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
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Silence, if I can get it. ;)

If there is music, it needs to be VERY 'backgroundy.' Some Mozart could work that way. But if there's Bach playing, I'm going to listen to it. That's no good.
shanarae

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Posted: Jun 25, 2012 11:09 PM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
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I prefer to work in absolute silence so I can lose myself in the story I'm writing, though sometimes I'll hear a song that inspires me to write a story :)

Now if someone would just tell the birdies to be quiet so I can concentrate!
jtbigtoad

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:38 AM   in response to: shanarae in response to: shanarae
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Get cats!

The birds will be Real quiet!

JT

;)

Of course the Tubby Tuna Terror doesn't like the keyboard or make a good keyboard rest!

jt

;)
shanarae

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:53 AM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
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Get cats!

The birds will be Real quiet!

JT

;)

Of course the Tubby Tuna Terror doesn't like the
keyboard or make a good keyboard rest!

jt

;)

I've got a cat, he's the other problem...typing is virtually impossible with a cat sat on your lap, especially when he keeps trying to 'kill' the mouse!

ghostlywanderer

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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:58 AM   in response to: shanarae in response to: shanarae
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[i]I've got a cat, he's the other problem...typing is virtually impossible with a cat sat on your lap, especially when he keeps trying to 'kill' the mouse! [/i]

Ah, yes, I sympathize... I've got a cat, and I'll go pet him and he couldn't care less, but as soon as I sit down to write he comes over and says "AAAAHHH!!!! I'm so deprived!! Love me, cuddle me!!! PAY ATTENTION TO ME, I'M SO FRICKEN CUTE!!!"
shanarae

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:08 AM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
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And they have this way of making you feel really guilty if you don't!
ghostlywanderer

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:20 AM   in response to: shanarae in response to: shanarae
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No doubt about that... No one is a "cat owner;" we're privileged feline servants. ;)
jtbigtoad

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:34 AM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
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I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking and when she nuzzles the microphone I get the himhimihmhimhim.... error!

(this is the dragon default for unknown sounds)

JT

;)

A wireless keyboard helps You can hold it in the air and the cat has trrouble sitting on it
sloppydog

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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 11:22 AM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
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Any tips for dealing with a bull mastiff who constantly uses his huge bear like head to knock my arm away from the keyboard every time I stop stroking him? I've tried to explain that my book sales are paying for his dog food but he doesn't seem to care.
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Re: Music to write by.
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 12:27 PM   in response to: sloppydog in response to: sloppydog
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I like to write in silence, but finding it can be pretty rare so I maintain several "mood" playlists on my YouTube channel...

http://www.youtube.com/user/dmandrewsauthor/videos?view=1

Feel free to offer suggestions! :)
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