Friday, December 4, 2009

Music to Writing is like________

Bonnie to Clyde, Hot Dogs to Baseball, Grease to Mechanic etc... You get the picture.

Often times I find I can concentrate more on my writing when I have some form of static noise or music. I'd prefer music, but if it's not available, at least a good fan will do. When I do have music available though, I'll listen to whatever style suits the scene I'm working on. If it's action, I'll try to throw on some high energy techno, or rock, while if it's simply dialogue or filler text, I may listen to something a bit more mellow. In times,of writing emotional moments or apex dialogue, I try to listen to my cousin William Joseph's music. He has two CD's called Within and Beyond. He was signed with Time Warner a few years ago as a hot shot piano player. (I never liked the word pianist) lol.

Anyway, his contemporary approach to piano mixed with just enough orchestra really makes for great background music. I'm proud to say, he's my cousin and I taught him everything he knows... Well not everything, but most of everything... Ok fine, not all that much, but he's taught me a few things on the piano and I'm a much more refined pianist(ugh) for it.

If you get a chance, hop on Pandora Online Radio or YouTube and check him out. He's Incredible. Maybe his music can inspire some of your writing.

Or for those of you who are incredibly lazy, like myself at times, here's a clip.


Stephanie Thornton said...

I love writing to classical music. Wow! Look at his fingers flying over that keyboard!

Valerie Geary said...

Hi- new follower here... and perfect timing... I am always on the look out for good piano music to listen to while I write!!! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

Voidwalker said...

Stephanie: Yeah, it's so easy to get sucked into moods with good classical music playing.

Valerie: Welcome to the blog! Thanks!!!! And yeah, his music is pretty awesome. It's even more amazing when you know some of the stories behind the songs. I just saw him in concert recently and it was amazing.

Charles Gramlich said...

I sometimes listen to heavy music when I'm writing battle scenes, but generally only the first draft. I find that the prose takes on a certain musical flow to me anyway and listening to outside music sort of disrupts that.

Natalie said...

Wow, that boy's got skills. I like to write to anything but kids fighting--silence, music, kids playing happily--anything will do.

Voidwalker said...

Charles: I know what you mean. If I listen to music when I'm writing and I'm not careful, it will translate into a scene where I didn't necessarily want that kind of inspiration.

Natalie: Heck yeah he has skills! I'm really excited to see him finally hitting it big after all the years growing up and seeing him doing amazing things with the piano. He definitely deserves it! If he's ever in your home town, you should get a ticket. I promise, you'll love it.