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The Music I Listen to When I Write


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
Underneath me
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.

21 responses to “The Music I Listen to When I Write”

  1. richa says:

    Music is a great energy booster…I often listen to music when I work and I really feel refreshed…These are beautiful songs you have mentioned here..

  2. Today, I’m listening to the sweet sounds of March Madness while I write. Okay, I have to admit, I’ve not written anything, yet, but I plan to bang out a word or two.

  3. Yes Music gives you some energy to do your work enthusiastically. Music makes you stay calm and reduces stress. Music is one of the stress reliever for all.

  4. Aasma says:

    Music makes our mind calm which ultimately helps us to concentrate much better on our work. It also improve the quality of our work.

  5. Samfrank says:

    Listen to something that follows the mood you’re writing in at the moment. It really helps to set the stage. For example, if you’re writing something light and fun, listen to light, happy music. For that, I suggest Corinne Bailey Rae, Paolo Nutini, Boys Like Girls, Jonas Brothers, Jack Johnson, Brandon Heath, the list goes on….

  6. Sargon says:

    Music ! the ultimate solution for stress . You no need start smoking to avoiding it ,just u need to listen soft or rocking music as you like. I have my personal expreience for it when i got frusted that time i used to listen soft music that gives me peace of mind .

  7. Carolyn says:

    I have started listening to music as I write. Sometimes music really helps, other times I find it distracting. I need to find the right songs, I guess.

  8. Patrickkur says:

    music keeps your mind peaceful & helps to concentrate on the topic you want. It also helps to take care mood swings.

  9. Personally, I pfrefer complete silence. I’m a solo entrepreneur as you Jens, as you know. When the kids and wife leave the house in the morning the complete and utter silence is incredibly inspiring. After all the ruckus. Then, around 1 or 2 pm the feeling of being alone comes creeping. Time for some music.

  10. I agree with Carolyn – Jens!

    Sometimes music is lovely to the ears, and you want to listen to it as you write or surf online. However, at other times it tends to distract you, which happens if either the music is the kind you like or if you are working on an important piece and it needs your full attention. It all depends on our mood and the kind of music. 🙂

    My sister can’t live without music, and she has it on ALL the time – some people are addicts and love being so. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, and have a nice week ahead 🙂

  11. Kristine says:

    I usually listen to movie dialogues when I write, I can concentrate more with it playing on the background. I envy how you can concentrate with whatever you work on with music. I can never do that. Keep up the good work and I hope your music will help you go further.

    • That’s something I haven’t thought about. I always listen to music, but I have tried to listen to podcasts. But, when I listen to people talk, I get too occupied thinking about what they’re saying 🙂

  12. Sandra says:

    I could last a day with just an MP3 player and my favorite music. It can take away my worries and stress. I believe there’s always a song for my every mood.

  13. Stacey says:

    I love listening to music while I’m doing something important, say writing the chapters of my dream book. it really helps with the concentration and it calms my spirit.

  14. Kelly says:

    Music keeps me up and about. It lifts my mood whenever I feel down — never fails. Thanks for sharing some of your favorite songs and music. Most of them are new to me so I’m going to check them out pretty soon.

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