Playlist

Congratulations to Rogena Mitchell-Jones! She is the winner of a signed copy of Indelible.

I know y’all were expecting to hear from the fabulous Yvonne Heidt this morning, but she is neck deep in edits for The Quickening (due out in January). She channeling some kind of awesomely powerful writing goddess at the moment and didn’t want to lose that groove. I have to say, as someone who has read her work in progress, I don’t want her to lose it either. Yvonne is crazy talented.

So, y’all get to hang with me, Jove, for a bit instead. I know it’s not the same, but I make a fabulous glass of tea and I’m in the mood to talk about how music impacts the creative process of writing. And I thought I’d give away a signed copy of Indelible, too. Just leave a comment below in the appropriate space. I’ll draw the winner on Friday, 8/16/13. Good luck!

For those of you who’ve been in my house, you know that silence is at a premium and generally only found in the dead of night or when we’re all away at the same time. On special holidays dedicated to the maintenance of my sanity, the kids manage to stifle their inherent need to make noise for brief two minute intervals before remembering that “outside voice” is their only voice.

What’s a writer to do amidst all that chaos? Can’t tie ’em up and stuff ’em in the closet because 1) I like them, 2) it’s super illegal and I don’t look good in orange. Benadryl inspires deep, heavy sleep and sleep equals quiet. However, that won’t work either (see above reasons). When the weather allows, I can send them outside to play. We live in a cul de sac and my office window affords me a clear view. Since we live in the land of rain, there are approximately three suitable play outside days all year long.

As you can see, my options are limited. Then I found Vevo and Spotify and everything changed. Music doesn’t block out the sounds my family makes. I don’t turn it up loud enough for that. It does, however, create a fabulous melodic barrier between my eardrums and the melee.

I even created a playlist to go along with my last novel, Love & Devotion. Want to check it out? It’s on my website HERE.

Before I go I want to share some of my favorite songs from my current writing playlist.

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Thanks for hanging out with me. I’d love to have you leave a comment down there, tell me what kind of music inspires you to do what you do.

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    • Tara, thanks for sharing! Love it. Seriously smooth grooves. Music like this makes me want to smoke cigarettes and dance in dive bars. I could totally write while listening to this!

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  1. We used to have a dog crate that was very tempting for child restraining – I, too, do not look good in orange so music with the box of dress up stuff often afforded me an hour or two to work. I mostly love CAKE to paint to – but my husbands Ipod has given me even more inspiration thanks to the eclectic variety of our favorites and his love of jazz. Loved reading your blog! Victoria

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    • Vicky! If you win this book, I’m so hand delivering it. We’re overdue for a coffee date, doncha think?

      You know I love Cake! Both the food and the group. I think I’ll head over to spotify and add me some Cake to my playlist. While I’m doing that, you should listen to the Amos Lee song up there. It’s awesome.

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  2. I so envy you folks who can listen to music and work because I love music. But, I can’t concentrate on writing if there’s any noise AT ALL. I have to have complete silence–bummer.
    Thanks, Jove. Love your lists, both of them. Kept me from work for a while. πŸ™‚ 😦

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    • Vic, I used to be like that, but when my kids hit a certain age, quiet just stopped happening. Music is the alternate solution. It helps block out some of the background noise.

      Besides, you need to concentrate to keep track of all those cops running around in your books.

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  3. Heh. Music must be in the air, cuz I just blogged about writing and music last week! COOL! Yes, we don’t want to interrupt Yvonne’s muse/goddess, cuz there is awesome stuff going on right now with The Quickening, people. AWESOME.

    I write to music, all the time. I have a hard time writing without it. I don’t mind going through edits without it, but when I’m actively writing/re-writing, I get the music going. I’m on Pandora and di.fm (which streams a lot of chill/trance channels–for those of you who can’t write to music with lyrics, this might be something for you), though I have been known to bust out the iPod and play a specific group of songs over and over when I’m working on particular scenes, because that helps me capture a mood. At least I think it does. Could be I’m just blowing smoke every which way. LOL

    Anyway, Jove rocks. People, sign up for the copy of her book!

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  4. Uhh, am I writing on the right place? Is this the appropriate space? What do I have to do to get the book? LOL

    And to add my two cent to the music post. I am not a writer, I am a book cover designer and I work with ebook formating, while designing I am not always up for music, but while formating ebooks I love listening to this:

    The intro is very long, but it’s really worth listening the whole song and to be honest, nothing from them is bad.

    I hate silence. My whole life was always filled with music. But while I work I sometimes need silence, otherwise listening to music would take me to some dream places and I would end up with blank files. πŸ™‚

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  5. Hi Jove, Thanks for sharing your writing playlist. πŸ™‚ I need silence for working – no music for me. Luckily my environment is quiet.

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    • You’re welcome. I think making playlists is the current equivalent of making mix tapes. God knows I made my share of those back in the day. πŸ™‚

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    • Donna, I love to work in my yard, but usually I just listen to the sounds of being outside. Currently, I’m building a brick path from my back deck to my shed. I love being able to look at something after it’s done and say “I did that.” That feeling is the same whether it’s a brick walkway, a well tended garden, or writing a book. πŸ™‚

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  6. Thanks for sharing your lists. I live for music and have on average a dozen playlists for inspiration while writing. The muse likes music too! Like Andi my list are compiled to create a specific mood to write certain kinds of scenes. Write on, Jove!

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    • RJ, I have several playlists and they alternate depending on my mood. Really, when I’m totally into a scene, the music falls away and I forget all about it. But it really helps me at the beginning of a writing session. It’s like a mental trigger to let my brain know that it’s time to write.

      Thanks for commenting! You write on yourself! Woo!

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  7. I Like to write to music without lyrics, at least in English, because lyrics mess me up in my composing. When I am editing, I will expand to include music that echoes the ethnicity of the people I am writing about or the age or the activity, and so on and so on. But given the comments on my last set of edits, that may not be a good idea! And I’m always up for a free book!

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    • That’s interesting! I myself like to have lyrics no matter what, but I can totally see how they could be distracting.

      Good luck on your book and on winning a free book!

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  8. We never had to encourage my nephews to play in the dog crate, they loved it. They thought it was cool if we put a movie in for them and closed the door and give them a snack. Of course, we were always right there in the living room with them. I can’t listen to music when I read, I have to have peace and quiet because I like to live in the stories. But I have discovered Pink recently and get into her music if I’m cleaning or doing dishes. Thanks for being here, Jove.

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    • I love that story! I could totally see my kids getting into a crate if we had one. lol

      I can’t read with music either. I want to be able to fall into the words, and for me music is all about the lyrics. If I’m listening along, I can’t fully appreciate what I’m reading. Weird, then, that I like to have it on while writing. Hmmm…this I must ponder.

      And, I’m very glad to be here. Thank YOU for being here, Lori!

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  9. Hi Jove- Love the play list and your books- I love to listen to music when I putz around the house- Thanks Jo

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  10. Wow, quite the eclectic playlist compared to the one for Love & Devotion. I’m not a country music fan, but I loved “When God-fearin’ Women Get the Blues.” I can’t wait
    to see what the above is the playlist for.

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    • That is so true. Music makes a good work out even better. I wonder if Bev Prescott has talked about that yet over at Cocktail Hour? Maybe it could be the theme for her next show…

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  11. Austra, is my pick for the year. Their first album is my fav, but their follow up is pretty darn tootin’ good too. Also, I’ve heard really good things about using Grooveshark for listening to music, though I haven’t had time to check it out lately.

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