Writing with Music

Some time during my teenage years, maybe I appreciated music so loud it pounded out reality and forced me to live in between the beats of the drum.

Mostly, however, I don’t want to live between those beats.

As much as I enjoy music, I enjoy the people around me just as much. When we are seeing a band or hearing a new song, it’s the conversation, ideas, opinions, and other things I want coming through just as evenly balanced.

Loud music subtracts – for me.

I know a number of artists, writers, and others who feel it is the very loud music that helps them escape and create.

But for me – the thrumping, bumping, strumming does not allow room for creation – or conversation.

I do enjoy the thick lovely tones of strong vocals belting out meaningful lyrics – but in moderation.

I’m a person who appreciates balance, creates within.

Life, however, can often be off balance – and I still must create. Maybe that’s why the things I can control – like volume – works around my creative efforts.

2 thoughts on “Writing with Music

  1. I don’t like loud music either, because as a blind person, loud music can disorient me. It’s also distracting when I write, as are loud like the air conditioner, which is necessary in the heat of summer, and the noises from outside such as the lawn mower. However, when it’s quiet, sometimes I like soft instrumental music when I’m writing my first draft, but when I’m revising, I usually turn the music off.

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