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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