This past holiday season, I seemed to greatly surprise my father by being able to write at the kitchen table while the rest of the family talked and laughed and buzzed about. But this has always been true for me, for better or for worse: I have little problem blocking out the sounds and actions of my surroundings in order to focus on my writing or reading. However, I have discovered some soundtracks and stations that are, for me, particularly distracting (looking at you NPR), and yet others that are particularly easy and/or inspirational to work with (***they are not always one and the same). This latter (inspirational) group, I like to think of as my Writing-Hero Soundtrack. Very much like Kronk of The Emperor’s New Groove…
…(only, hopefully, a bit cooler), I love coming up with my own theme music for writing about as much as I enjoy coming up with it for my actual stories.
A few of my personal favorite Writer-Hero Soundtracks are:
The Slits – Cut album
David Lynch – The Big Dream album
Just about any of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast episodes
And — one of my most favorite — the J Geils Band Full House live album, 1972
Do you ever do likewise? What music or recordings or voices most inspire you and your art? Do you find music helpful or distracting to your artistic work?