Music to write to is such a subjective thing - whether you’re looking for energy, distraction or pure emotional inspiration - what works for me may not work for you. As a result I tend to go for longer form tracks - tracks that you put on repeat so you don’t have a jarring “vibe” change as you move through the playlist.
Today I had a specific project that I needed to focus on - for musical accompaniment I wasn’t looking for emotion I was looking for something long, probably with energy - a beat - something that I could get lost in. I went to my Essay to Candidates playlist and started at the top and of course - just like life - I ended up going with the exact opposite of what I thought I needed.
Sometimes you just fall in love with a piece - it kinda sneaks up on you and demands to be listened to again. I’ve trained myself to recognize when I’m reaching out and putting a track on repeat - my ears change a little and now I’m listening a bit more intently than I was before, and sure - I realize that now I’m listening rather than writing but hell - I curate a list about writing music and well - there’s gotta be some kind of quality control ;-)
There is such an elegant beauty to this track - it is instantly familiar and yet unique - the composition builds , ebbs and flows and I find myself looping it just so I can experience the highs and lows again.
Now that I’ve established it as a writing track - I’ve been able to knock out the above text in pretty short time - you should check it out.
Here’s what Cinthya had to say when she submitted the track for the list:
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About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.