I have had interesting conversations with the readers recently. Let’s take this idea of soundtrack first. Do I have some favorite artists I listen when writing? Today is the perfect day to answer that question. The subject itself is so fascinating that I wanted to be free from all the other duties. What would be a better day as Sunday. It’s easy to get back to the moods I was writing The Essence of the Music Business trilogy. It took four years to make it happen and it’s still in a fresh memory.
With book number one my favorites were Volbeat and Nightwish. I made my own playlist for them, so I could change the tempo of my writing. When Volbeat’s Lola Montez hit the air, the fingers started to produce the text on the screen. It was accelerated by Nightwish’s Amaranth and especially its live recording from Wacken Open Air with Floor Jansen. The power of those songs resonates well when you are in the construction phase. Instead, in the grinding phase, where already structured text is edited for the proof-reading, slower-striking music works better. Sia‘s Chandelier has great vibes, as well as Pink‘s Try. At that point the text is processed in a completely different way – the music also has to support the purpose. These songs keep you going and are likely to get you through under the fatigue of writing. These songs help you walk those needed extra miles.
Youtube is a great invention to the author. In addition to your prevailing list, it suggests other artists you might like. As you keep writing, the sense of time easily disappears and you don’t even realize you have ran through your playlist. It occurred to me with book number two. I found Battle Beast first. Battle Beast in turn led me to Beast In Black and Amaranthe for the book number three.
Then there are these life situations that also have their own twists. We were moving when I was writing ‘Philosophy’. I and my wife had to drive to the landfill quite a many times – to get rid off the useless stuff. By the way, it’s a liberating moment. Every time we started the car, Clean Bandit‘s Rockabye began to play. When we additionally saw them live at Ruisrock, the song has its own special meaning. Every time I am willing to revisit those feelings, I will put these song to play. The list above is not exhaustive – I naturally listened to other artists when writing as well:). What I am trying to say here is that music has a lot to do with the spirit of the text. In a way, this story is thanks to all the artists that have been with me at those writing moments. There’s always more to come and it’s always a pleasure to find a new artist for that soundtrack.
UPDATE! When I wrote The Art of Music Business Management: For Artists & Managers book, one song was above the others. Ava Max’s Who’s Laughing Now was something I repeatedly listened when writing provided some tough times.