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Gearheart Challenge: Phonography

by on Apr.28, 2009, under News

And now for this week’s challenge:

I’m going to shift gears a little bit here and ask everyone what their favorite music for creative work might be. I’m a big fan of folk, but that’s because I’m a wuss! When you write, paint, decorate, photograph or anything else, what do you listen to?

When you get your answer, write it on the back of a solid-gold Double Eagle, and send that to me. Try to use washable marker. Then remember your answer and post it to this thread. I’ll read my favorites on the air next week.

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Johnnie A

    no song or score –
    a Carthusian calm make words
    flow like coffee black

  • M.Silva

    It all depends on what I’m writing at the time. The playlist changes depending on the chapter – if I can capture the mood I’m trying to create in the story as I write, all the better. One of the reasons I love Pandora is that I can set ‘mood’ stations for when I needed them.

    If I’m writing just to write or to blog, though, then I prefer rock orchestra: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Nightwish, Ratatat, etc. Not too far from my own personal tastes.

    Silence just drives me mad.

  • JohnFrost

    I can’t write while listening to music, I find it far too distracting.

    However, I find music invaluable for putting me in the ~mood~ to write. In which case, it just depends on what genre I’m writing for. If it’s steampunk or Victorian, I like My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, VNV Nation, and–believe it or not–the Gearheart OST :)
    If it’s science fiction, I like (nerd that I am) Symphony of Science (

    Also, certain songs or artists take me back to certain times in my life, so I’ll try to recreate those feelings if I’m going for something particular. When I was real heavy into the World of Darkness and Buffy and Angel, I listened to a lot of Fuel, Collective Soul, and Live; so I’ll listen to those if I’m in an Urban Fantasy mood. I watched a lot of epic wuxia and anime when I bought 30 Seconds to Mars’ album The Kill, so that helps for that style inspiration.

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