Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Writing Powered by iTunes

In my previous post, How Does Music Influence Your Writing?' I talked about how I like to use music to help me focus on the task at hand.

Lately I've found iTunes Radio to be a very useful tool to help me get through the day. I haven't been doing much writing, to be perfectly honest, what with the long days I've been working and all. In fact, I worked 21 hours yesterday and while today promised to carry a lighter load, I'm now probably looking at maybe 17 or 18 hours if this server I'm working on continues to have connection issues. That's just the way it goes sometimes, there's just no helping it. But the international radio stations have helped get me through the long hours and I'm currently writing this post to the sounds of "LiveIreland" in the folk category.

Music just has that quality, much like stories, of being able to take us to another place or time. We can escape our momentary troubles and work through the things that have got to be done.

Listening to different kinds of music can open a new portal, so choose a station and close your eyes for a minute. Imagine walking down that busy parkway, or running your hands across the tops of the wild flowers in that secluded meadow. Let the music fill the sails of your craft as you skim over deep waters towards the distant cliffs and outcroppings where you'll spend the cool hours of the evening with anchor set and a cold brew to keep you company. Or perhaps you'll find yourself in a crowded underground facility with sweaty, hot bodies wriggling and writhing to a jungle trance beat. Maybe you'll look around at the blank expressions and feel like a stranger within your own mind. Will you lose yourself to their drug-induced pilgrimage, or will you remain the wallflower, watching their world drift slowly by through a complex swell of intertwined songs and remixes?

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Tam said...

You work so much!

Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?

Unknown said...

I sure hope so!

Dave King said...

It depends upon the mood: sometimes music helps, sometimes it just gets in the way.

Jim Murdoch said...

In all seriousness you cannot keep working those kind of hours for any length of time. You're still young and probably think you can bounce back from anything but take it from someone who has suffered two serious bouts of burnout that it not always going to be the case.

People can be a bit flippant about burnout. It's one of those words like 'the flu' that people chuck around as if it was nothing
"Oh, I had a touch of the flu" - I've only had the flu once in my life and it floored me for a week and it's the same with burnout only the recovery time can be considerably longer.

Work is a necessary evil but it needs to be put into perspective or you'll end up like me and suddenly you've lost ten years to work if you've not lost a lot more.

Unknown said...

You have no idea how much I agree with you there, Jim. Unfortunately, I really don't have much of a choice. The summer is the most busy time of the year. Our team is being worked to the bone, expected to work through weekends without a day off, and putting in as many hours as it takes to complete the never-ending piles of tasks that just keep getting assigned.

I try to keep a positive attitude about it, but to say that I'm tired and that I'm tired of working these hours would be a gross understatement.

As soon as the summer is over and schools are back in school, things should calm down. That's probably when they'll have to let some of us go. As is the nature of things, right?

Bill said...

I just discovered Pandora. You can pick an artist or song that you like, and it will play a radio station based on your selection. No commercials too.