Music of the Fears – January 2015
It’s an interesting read – an article I’ll likely mine for more blog posts in the future on topics such as the role of personality in creativity, my collection of self-help books on how to engage the creative mind, and the impact of a positive outlook on your own creativity.
Today, I’ll start with this quote:
“Most creative people have figured out a way to do the incubation thing—whether it’s meditation or staring out the window or taking long walks so their ideas can percolate,” Jung says. “It’s finding that magic space where you’re not actively engaged with the external world, and not just surfing the Internet.”
That kind of woolgathering was once my stock in trade. My bread and pickles. The trait that’s annoyed more of my teachers and romantic interests than anything else.
The arrival of the internet has made it both more difficult and simpler. More difficult, because left to my own devices, I’ll surf Pinterest and Reddit for hours at a time; and nothing kills my creativity faster than that aimless browsing.
Simpler, because I have four primary means of incubating: Meditation, Exercise, Driving … and Music.
Of course, one of the things the internet does really, really well is introduce me to music I would never have found in my local record stores or on the radio.
My alpha readers for FAMISHED: THE RANCH are getting notes on what music I listened to while writing various chapters. Since it’s a Friday before a long weekend, I decided it would be a friendly gesture to point others in the same direction.
When I’m not writing, my tastes trend to ska and hard rock. When writing, though, other people’s words get in the way. As a result, most of what I use to get into the incubating stage is ambient, electronic, or in a foreign language.
- The Sleepover Series, by Hammock.
- Passages, Framed by Nova.
- Touched, supporting MacMillan Cancer Support.
- Ships Will Come, by Warm Graves.
- Oldman, by Charles-Eric Charrier.
Most importantly – if you love the track, buy it! If you love the artist, let them know! Musicians, writers, and all other creatives need your support.
How about you? If music helps you get into the mood, share the love in a comment below.
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