Do you ever find yourself in a place where you have to do something tedious? Maybe it’s spellchecking a document or changing the name of something you’ve used multiple times and you can’t use find and replace? I just spent the last hour swapping out URLs across the musicto website as we improve our search engine visibility - it’s tedious but it has to be done.
So what do you listen to when you’ve got to concentrate and make the correct keystrokes but you’re doing something so repetitive that you find your mind wandering and before you know it you’ve made an error and you have to go back… You listen to Aaron Cormier’s 2018 album Channels, that’s what you do. The track on the list is the opening track: Very Very Soon - and while it totally works on repeat, I suggest giving the entire album a listen.
This is classic music to work to - acoustic guitar played in such a way that it manages to convey energy into your system without demanding your full attention. To my ears there’s just something about 6/8 time that creates a momentum that I find super easy to drop into and sustain myself when I’m deep in concentration.
And don’t just keep this to doing non-creative work - the instrumental nature of the track allows for all the pace in the world when you’re constructing sentences and stories. hell, I’m writing to it now! :-)
Aaron is a colleague of Vin Downes who’s guitar track Streets of Sunday made it onto the list back in March - if you dig this you’ll probably dig that.
You can learn more about Aaron Cormier here:
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.
I’ve been fascinated by music ever since.
As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.
As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.
As the founder of musicto I’m on a mission to inspire a global audience of music lovers and artists through the development of people powered playlists.