As I sit here in Pembroke, North Carolina--Home of Jeremiah's tribe, the Lumbee--preparing for an exciting night of music at The River People Music & Culture Festival, I am inspired to write a post about the importance of music not only in my life, but in my writing, as well.
Music is such an important part of my writing. The type of music I am listening to can definitely be seen through my writing. At least it's obvious to me when I am doing edits. I frequently change the type of music I am listening to depending on what type of scene I am writing. For instance, if I am writing a battle scene and listening to a ballad or a piano sonata, my battle scene will most definitely turn out dull. So instead, I will change it to a march or perhaps a turbulent concerto.
Though I do highly suggest listening to music while you write--sometimes pure silence can be just as distracting as too much noise--it does come with precautions. On occasion, as I already touched on above, I've noticed (while editing or just reviewing a section of text) that I chose the wrong type of music to listen to while writing. While going through the edits for my latest manuscript I found some: a majick duel which should have been vibrant and action-filled was instead lethargic and not as colorful as I had intended; or even reading through an argument scene that climaxed way too quickly, I then instantly remembered that the piece I was listening to while writing it did the same exact thing.
I have found a handful of artists particularly ideal to listen to while I write. The following (in no defined order) have similar song styles that coincide with my mental focus--and so I recommend them to you to check out for yourself:
Karen Marie Garrett
R. Carlos Nakai
R. Carlos Nakai
Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning
There are many more that I listen to, of course, but those listed above are listened to most frequently. In addition to these albums, I also listen to a lot of Internet Radio--specifically GotRadio - Piano Perfect. To listen to it for yourself, click the link.