And it all depends on my mood what’s currently playing between my ears.
When I’m up, happy, lights on the board all green and go, I’ll be listening to a variety of things, like Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, Danny Kaye (yes, Danny Kaye) singing funny old songs, Gino Vanelli‘s Black Cars, the Black Eyed Peas, and a new group I recently found called Bond, which is a group of women that re-works classical music to sound waay more modern and just really cool.
If I’m in a contemplative mood? It’s a lot of Enya, EKO, Classical (especially piano like Chopin, and violin like Tschaikovsky), and a few Japanese and Chinese performers (LOVE taiko drums, thanks). There’s one Asian performer called Agatsuma, that plays a really wicked shamisen, sounds almost like an electric guitar!
A lot of the contemplative artists are also the ones that I listen to while I’m working on the novel. I have a specific playlist I use for that, which is music I feel has an “airy” feel to it, or “drives” me to write. Sets the mood and tone for what I’m working on at any given time.
If I’m down, then it’s generally the more emo-style of music. Placebo works well for me when I’m depressed, as well as song called “Cut” by Plumb. There are also a few songs by Queen, Sara Bareilles and Katy Perry that really help me to express those emotions, without actually screaming and yelling. Even Linkin Park helps here, they have a few songs that aren’t as hardcore, and can actually move me to tears. “Leave Out All The Rest“ in particular, as that is the song that I identify mostly with my sister and friend, Midnite.
If I’m angry, or have a stress headache (yeah, I know it’s weird, but it works for me), then it’s loud and forceful, usually pissed-off-type, music. Pink, Linkin Park, Metallica, Godsmack, Celldweller, Fort Minor (which is an offshoot from Linkin Park, so there’s continuity there), AC/DC, Ozzie Osbourne. The louder I can sing it, or have the drums pounding in my head? The better.
Really good drums always put me in a head-space where I can almost drift off to sleep. I love drums, and as Sparrow can attest, it turns me into a drooling, vacant-stared goob. But ack, I love it, and it seems to help calm my nerves, switches on the serotonin in my system, and generally puts me in transcendental state. Oooh, look at all the pretty colors….
thump thump THUMP thump… just like a heartbeat.
And then, there are the random songs that squirm their way into my head. Spongebob Squarepants singing his F.U.N. song, or It’s a Small World, or ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ by Big Bird. And if you don’t know that one? Here. Yer welcome.
Oh, and notice – Big Bird’s head! I don’t remember it being that SMALL!!?!