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Day 9–Music that Prompts the Muse


AS I write this post the only music I hear is the sound of the city buses roaring down our street. I don’t need music to write, but I like having music when I write. WHY?

I feel that listening to the right music while writing helps me not be distracted by the other things going on around me. Music puts me in the zone I want to be in while I write. Also, music inspires, music is creation that can motivate us to create.

For example, how could I not be motivated by a line such as this one by Neko Case, “Can’t scrape together quite enough
to ride the bus to the outskirts
of the fact that I need love.”

Find musicians with lyrics that inspire you and motivate you to write. A lot of songs are like short stories or poems, and subconsciously you become a better writer as you let them sink in.

Also, the actual instrumental aspect of the music can prompt your muse. It’s definitely a matter of personal choice, jazz, indie, reggae, classical, folk, they all can be what the writer needs to write.

Here’s a list of my favorite albums to write to:

  • Andrew Bird- Armchair Apocrypha
  • Belle & Sebastian- The Boy with the Arab Strap
  • All Bob Marley
  • Charles Mingus- Mingus Ah Um
  • Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
  • Jack Johnson
  • Neko Case- Middle Cyclone
  • Pete, Bjorn and John- Writer’s Block
  • Radiohead- In Rainbows

These are a few of my regular choices.

So tell me, what Moves your Muse?

Writing Prompt- Choose a favorite song and write a poem that includes your favorite line from the song.

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