Not that it needs to be proved that women can play at the highest heights, but the video below is an incredible demonstration of how to play the bass.
Music is one of the most powerful creative tools we writers have. The clip below testifies to that.
It's a rainy November day here in Exeter. A good day for writing. And this song seemed to capture the mood rather well when it came on RDIO.
This is a great way to start any day of writing. This is What I'm Doing Here by Lake Street Dive.
I truly believe that one of the keys to being able to write well is to have a space within which good writing and creativity are promoted. Music is a key piece. Not everyone can have a writer's office like that in a number of photos on this site, or the one of their imagination, but when the music is right we can become lost in a world of our own making. That is when writing feels really good.
I think Paul Krugman has probably launched or at least added to the careers of a number of musicians on his blog Conscience of a Liberal, but none more so than Sarah Jarosz. Below are two videos of hers.
They're called the Post Modern Jukebox and what can I say, they're great. Not sure if they'll be the best to listen to as you write, but perhaps sitting back proofing a piece while a Camel straight burns in an ash tray next to you might work.
Grace Paley and Leonard Cohen, I believe, are cast of similar stuff. Below is one of my favorite songs of Cohen's.
Some days you just have to look out the window into the cold rain, think about the huge mistake you made the night before with your daughter, remember you tried to do your best, ask for forgiveness, then figure out how to clear your head and write something beautiful.
Today is one of those days for me. For some reason, I was drawn to Patty Griffin. The videos of her below should help get me moving in the right direction, mindfully and with reverence to our own imperfections.
When I write I need to hear music. Often I put earphones on, which allows me to get deeper into my mind as I write and deeper into the experience of the characters. This is especially true if I pick the right music.
Lately, I've been going through an Iron & Wine phase. It may be that I'm working on the last scene of a love story where it all comes together, or just the music is good.
Anyway, I thought I'd share a song that stands out.
I don't know about you, but I need to listen to music while I write and I'm constantly on the lookout for new bands and musicians that I feel like I write well to.
There is no one type of music that works best and sometimes I find that different styles work for different types of writing. Certain classical pieces for certain situations, certain jazz pieces (Kind of Blue, eh people?) for others, folk for some, etc.
And then there's the video of Arcade Fire below. Whenever I feel down and beaten up by writing and the business, it happens to everyone, I watch this and feel much, much better. Arcade Fire is so authentic and almost pure in its expression of creativity and enjoyment of what they do, how could anyone not be inspired.
Three rejections in one day and one of them is nasty, watch this. Stuck in your novel and can't find the way forward and everything you write feels like shit, watch this. Just feeling like your not a writer and want to toss the whole thing, watch this.
If you've seen the Gong post below, I thought I should leaven the music selections with something that is truly beautiful and wonderful. I saw Parker Millsap with my wife and daughter last summer in Prescott Park in Portsmouth and we were absolutely blown away by him.
The song below is one of his most beautiful. It's about a young man coming out to his southern preacher father. Please listen. So beautiful.
I'm probably showing more of myself and idiosyncratic music tastes than I should, but when I was a teen there was a band named Gong that I loved. The creative soul of the band died today and so I'm pasting this video of them playing. Stick with it, once they get through the "intro" the music is something else. Have fun.