When I was in Middle School, I learned that it was easier for me to concentrate on my homework if I had music playing. Just prior to the invention/popularization of iPods, YouTube, and internet radio stations, my selection was limited to whatever chrome Benny Goodman disk I found lying around. But now, thousands of hours of mind boggling sounds and shapes are at my fingertips.
I would like to suggest that writers are often influenced by music. Read any Stephen King novel if you don’t believe me. For my style in particular, I find that certain sounds get me into the mindset of what I am trying to write. Furthermore, I try to experiment; I don’t listen to the same artist over and over, and I attempt to find sounds that make me think.
Some say you should listen to music before you write, some say during, and some say after. I say that it is all up to you. Anyway, I will post a few songs that put me in different mindsets.
1. Danko Jones – “Baby Hates Me.”
2. Falling Up – “Contact”
3. Coheed and Cambria – “Domino”
4. Devin Townsend – “Ghost”
So this is just a sample of the diversity of music I have found, but all of it helps me create moods of characters, and think in a different way than I may have before. And some of it is just fun to listen to.