I’ve mentioned several times here on my blog how much I love music. That said, I was never normally one to listen to it while I actually wrote, preferring instead a quiet environment in which to focus on forming my own words.
Increasingly however, I have found that it’s not as clear-cut as that anymore. While I still require a certain stillness to work on fiction, poetry is often another matter altogether. Certain types of music (nothing too loud or brash) in many cases are just what I need to put me in the almost dreamlike frame of mind I crave to write poetry.
I’ve noticed it especially this week, having been delving into Sóley’s new album, Ask the Deep. I ordered the vinyl version from her record label but doing so gave access to an instant download and I’ve been hooked ever since. There’s something about the atmosphere she creates in her music – It’s like an ethereal, haunting world of its own; halfway between waking and sleep. As with her first album, I can see myself turning to this one many times when I have a poem idea brewing and just need a little nudge to get my brain working correctly.
I suppose it’s because I see a poem itself as a very whimsical thing; like a very specific thought, feeling or moment in time plucked from your mind and immortalised in words. Since music puts me in that sort of mind-set, the words often just seem to flow better when accompanied by their very own soundtrack.
Do you ever listen to music while you write? Which songs/artists put you in the right mood to write?