Favorite Music To Write To

From funky to classical or metal to hip-hop music: what’s your jam?

What’s Your Favorite Music To Write To?

Funk. Blues. Metal. Rock. And everything else in between. Do you have a list of favorite music to write to?
According to writer Amy Isaman, there is no clear-cut answer if listening to music helps the creative process. As a teacher, she found that students often ask if they may use their headphones while writing and/or studying. However, while at two educational events she attended, she asked should people listen to music while writing. The answer she received was an unequivocal “No!”

The general consensus revolved around the idea the mind is attempting to listen for audio cues from all angles thus making it much more difficult to exercise full creative control during the writing process.

Fair enough? It’s not as black and white as we were once led to believe a mere decade or so ago. For many, listening to music aids the creative process despite the brain filtering multiple stimuli all at once. And as many choose not to listen to any genre of music while writing. In essence, it all boils down to your personal preference: what works for you and what doesn’t.

Myself, I enjoy listening to a music streaming service, Pandora. My favorite music to write to whether I am relaxing, working, or even writing is “The Pillows (Japan)”. You can surmise now at this point The Pillows (Japan) is my all-time favorite band in the world. Though I may not understand most of the Japanese language right now, there is a certain atmosphere and energy from it. Thankfully, with the help of the Duolingo mobile app, that is quickly changing.

What is your favorite music when writing? Do you prefer instrumental or lyrical music?

And what is your view on writing while listening to music? Good idea or bad idea?

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