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from the LJ main page -- Writer's Block: The sound of inspiration

What type of music inspires you?


It depends on what you mean by "inspire."

I don't have a clear answer to this question, because I don't have a clear sense of its parts. I don't listen to enough music to think of it in "types" and to be "inspired" covers a lot of ground. Since this is a writer's block question, maybe what the question means is "What music inspires you to write?". My answer to that is "music doesn't inspire me to write; feelings do." But music affects (and effects!) feelings, so there is an indirect relationship. Not one I can say much about, though.

The straightest answer I could give to this question is that sometimes, pop-rock makes me feel better about life. And even then it's more about the sound than the lyrics. Usually the lyrics are inane or not particularly happy or not comprehensible. Great example, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Universally Speaking" just came up on my iTunes. I have no idea what the song's about, and looking up the lyrics didn't help either. But I smiled when it came on, because I would call its sound upbeat and cheering.

I don't really know anything about music, though, in any sense at all. That makes it hard to talk about, and even harder to want to talk about. Fear of looking bad, etc.

I recently bought the album that song comes from, By the Way. I like pretty much everything on it and am glad to have these songs currently in my life, though I'm not yet so attached to them that I can imagine searching for them in the future if I ever lost access to them. I mean, I'm not sure I'd remember them. But I could be wrong.

It should tell you something, that I am six years behind the times.

I haven't completely decided what I'm going to do with this journal yet, but the prompt seemed interesting enough. Sometimes I see the prompts and think they're entirely asinine, but now and then they do make me think. Neither of my other journals seems an appropriate place to actually write about them, though, so maybe this will be it. Or maybe I won't ever do one of these again, I don't know.

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Inspiration Is Just Another Term for Support Staff

I don't think any "type" of music inspires me to write. My inspiration comes from deeper in my head than my ears.

But. (And isn't there - almost - always a but?) But.

When I am writing, I find that music can be a sort of auditory amphetamine, that can keep my fingers dancing.

And in that state, I usually want the Greatful Dead (and you think being six years behind the times is a problem!), live shows, warts and all. Or else, really, any music that I like.

Um ... I should probably go write some more smut. Or go to sleep. Or something.

Re: Inspiration Is Just Another Term for Support Staff

Hmm. I think I usually don't have music on when I'm writing, or if I do I turn it off because it gets distracting, but I'm not sure. I haven't paid attention to that...because I'm paying attention to what I'm writing.

But I also think that I too have experienced that auditory amphetamine effect. I want to say, "I understand what you mean," but it feels like a rather visceral level of relation, like not only can I imagine how that works but I'm pretty sure I've experienced that too, sometime.

And being behind the times is not a problem, really, it just says a lot bout a person when you consider what time they're at. I think. Though when it comes to music I really have no idea what anything means because...I don't know anything about it.

Hope you got some sleep ;)

Re: Inspiration Is Just Another Term for Support Staff

I want to say, "I understand what you mean," but it feels like a rather visceral level of relation, like not only can I imagine how that works but I'm pretty sure I've experienced that too, sometime.

What I meant was extremely visceral. And in truth, I think it usually only works when my writing is going well. When the writing is moving, adding music in the background seems to sort of super-charge me, helping me write both faster and longer (no pun intended on either term). But when I'm struggling, I'm not sure if music helps at all; it might even be a distraction.