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Today I’m doing a lot of small, administrative tasks. Sending email, checking order statuses, that sort of thing. As I write this, it’s a quiet, grey Wednesday, so I want a bit of music to keep me energetic and focused. Often this means a rock mix (I don’t know much about what the kids these days listen to. I’ve always been a bit out of touch about current pop music). Queen, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, T. Rex, Michael Jackson, The Kinks, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Pixies, Weezer, Nirvana, and the Foo Fighters often make it into rotation.
Today, I’m in a musical theatre mood, though, so I started out with the soundtrack from the show-within-a-show Bombshell from the TV show Smash. From there, I’ll transition to Thoroughly Modern Millie, or maybe Hairspray or The Producers.
When I’m reading or editing, though, it’s all classical all the way for me, with no distracting lyrics. Baroque music helps me focus on the words in front of me while blocking out any distractions happening around me. I love some Scarlatti, Bach, or Handel when I’m editing. When I’m reading, the sweeping melodies of Rachmaninoff and Chopin is the ticket. And I’ll take my favourite composer Dvorak any time, for any reason. I also love movie soundtracks, especially ones by John Williams, for reading. Music from the Harry Potter movies, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars put me right into story mode. (I’ve been known to leave this ten-hour loop of the Jurassic Park theme song playing all day. I’ve yet to get tired of it. I don’t know what it is about it, but it’s so great to read to!)
How about you? What music do you like to read or write to? Do you prefer silence or ambient noise?