I've been living with this track for a while - it's beautiful - and a really good fit for the Music to Fly With Confidence playlist too! It's one of those tracks that quietly seeps into your consciousness and has you going back to listen again and again.
So I'm super stoked about this week - we're trying something a little different - instead of just one track - we're presenting an entire writing mix - a playlist within a playlist - 1 hour of music lovingly stitched together to create the perfect sonic environment for all you out there who need to get the words down!
I've been grooving on this track for a few weeks now - there's just something about it that I can't get out of my head - and that's a good thing - I think!
A relatively short track for the Essay writing list but it rewards repeat listening. It's the soundscape that I fell in love with…
Aaaaah Clarity - that elusive nirvana of the mind's eye - the state where mental blocks fall away and everything just flows. This intentionally created Chillstep track from UK based producer Matt Jenko moves you through the jungle of information overload and delivers you to a place where execution is easy.
I realize that I can't just run with one track from this stunning album - so in the spirit of helping you flow into your writing - here's a second song from Flow The Group.
It's the fourth track on the album and normally follows behind our featured track of the month - Flow. Whereas Flow is all underlying energy and movement - Free Ascent is all about space, time, pause for thought and stunning sonic landscapes...
I’m in love with this track - I’m listening to it on repeat as I write this.
It has helped me outline the post, encouraged me to focus on what I want to say and created a perfect sonic environment where the outside world has disappeared - it’s just me and the text - and it feels great!
It's the ticking clock.
Oh sure, it isn't always there - you don't always hear it, but you feel it - feel it in the same way we all do when something is due - when time is running out and we actually have to create. And make no mistake, writing is a creative act and creating is hard - which is why this playlist exists - to make it easier ;-)
There's many ways you can use music to help you write your essay. Sometimes you want something that will set a conducive environment for FLOW - other times you want something that evokes a certain emotion or memory - but every now and then - like this week - you want something to give you energy and get you going.
You know one of my favorite websites?
When I'm feeling like I currently am it's a definite go to 'cos when it says "Yes" I can relax knowing that the weird discombobulating shit that's surrounding me is down to weird ass planetary mechanics and completely out of my control.
Still kind of discombobulated but almost getting my shit back together - it's at times like these that I'm grateful to listen to every track submitted by the entire music to community of curators. While most aren't suitable for the Essay Writing playlist - some are just gems!
It's been a pretty odd few days - my dog died, I flew to Scotland, my mum had surgery, I didn't sleep and I'm pretty much all over the place - I had no track for this week and by chance this submission landed right in my lap.
I'm fascinated by music's transportive qualities - the ability to transport or cause transports. And while I often think of the emotional aspect - how music can move your emotional state - today i'm more intrigued by its ability to 'virtually" transport you across the globe.
Do you ever wonder why we do this? By "We" I mean Music Curators - people who show up every week and write about a track and share it out to the world? We do it for tracks like this - for people like Joonas Widenius.
I'm having a bit of a piano week - actually I'm having a bit of an Igor Longhi week! ;-) His beautiful melancholic track Broken Soul is featured on the Music to Grieve to list and while running through his catalog I feel in love with this track too.
Sometimes all you need is a grooving bass line and everything falls into place. There's just something about the constant motion, the repetition, the familiarity of tracks like this that just make them easy to write to.
I'm grinning, I'm grinning because I like smart music - I like people who make smart music - I think listening to smart music when I'm writing rubs off on me and makes me a better writer!
I so don't want to write this. I'm not ready. I'm still decompressing from a gnarly 2017 and yet - if I don't write - if I don't publish - then nothing happens - and I sooooo want something to happen.
It's that time of year where the planet gets together to celebrate the shortest day and the promise of a returning spring. Amazingly enough it appears that many religions - by sheer coincidence - have significant events at this time too! The different faiths have their own holidays and dates but the big daddy at this time of year - the one that half the planet will be celebrating - is Christmas - the birth of Jesus.
Ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? You know what it is even if you didn't know what it was called - it's the thing where someone mentions a type of car and suddenly you see that type of car everywhere. It's the frequency illusion and it's really cool - you can read a better summary of it here.