Sometimes, I feel I’m all alone as a solo entrepreneur. I’m at the office, looking outside, and all I see is darkness. I can’t hear any sounds, and even the birds are somewhere far away. Sometimes, I feel that no one is listening to what I am saying, and not a single person is reading what I’m writing.
But, I am lucky, because there’s a cure for what I’ve got, and the cure is music. I play music all day long. I play music to help me set the mood. I play music to help me stay creative, and I play music to boost my productivity.
A Great Way to Start the Day
Right now, I am listening to Imagine Dragons and their song On Top of The World (YouTube). And, I have been listening to it for weeks. It makes me happy just listening to it. It’s a great way to start the day. The lyrics makes me think, and it makes me wonder why I haven’t fixed all my broken links by now:
If you love somebody
Better tell them while they’re here ’cause
They just may run away from you
You’ll never know what went well
Then again it just depends on
How long of time is left for you
I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but life keeps moving
Now take it in but don’t look down
‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.
No wonder why I am still smiling…
The sound of creativity
When I want to be creative, I start by listening to Jack White and his I’m Shakin’ (YouTube). It’s something about the music, if I could, I would – dance. It’s probably the one song that really gets my body moving. And it makes me think of that special somebody.
Yeah, when you touch my hand and talk sweet talk
I got a knockin’ in my knees, a wobblin’ in my walk
And I’m tremblin’
That’s right, you got me shakin’
When you take me in your arms and talk romance
My heart starts doing the St. Vitus’ dance
And I’m pantin’
Ohh and I’m shakin’
It’s hard to sit still, as my mind is drifting away…
Sad all over again
I am not sure why, but the song Emmylou by the Swedish group First Aid Kit, makes me a bit sad, and at the same time, it makes me romantic. I believe that it’s because it’s one of the most beautiful songs I know. The Swedish sisters have the voices of two angels, and it feels that they’re looking straight at me when they’re singing, and that they wrote the song to me. I listen to their song when I am writing a romantic story, especially the one I’ve been writing for a few weeks, a story about lost love.
Oh the bitter winds are coming in
And I’m already missing the summer
Stockholm’s cold but I’ve been told
I was born to endure this kind of weather
When it’s you I find like a ghost in my mind
I am defeated and I gladly wear the crown
Listening to them makes me think of the summer, living in a tent, looking at the ocean.
Writing the novel and listening to music
I wrote my novel while listening to music. I wrote about a serial killer, and I turned the story into a story about colors, dreams and two brothers with a strong bond. The story got a different twist, when I listened to the same song over and over. I wrote fuzzy, while listening to the same song. I am not sure what the song did to me, but it helped my mind stay on track and it helped me find a voice and finish two stories. The song is Your Love is A Song (YouTube) by Switchfoot.
I hear you breathing in
Another day begins
The stars are falling out
My dreams are fading now, fading out
I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open
I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open
Your love is a symphony
All around me
Running through me
Your love is a melody
Running to me
I’m not sure why listening to the song made me write a story about a serial killer and death, but it did. That’s the thing about music. It makes us do things we wouldn’t normally do.
Sometimes I need quiet
Sometimes, not often, but sometimes when I need to think, I listen to instrumental music. When I hear voices, my mind follows a certain path, but when I just hear music, my mind follows a different path. It’s hard to explain. Lately, I’ve been listening to music by God is An Astronaut (YouTube) – great instrumental music that helps me stay focused.
Sometimes, music is the reason why I do what I do, and sometimes music is the reason why I don’t.