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Wu-Tang on Writing

Craft Notes / 12 Comments
August 18th, 2010 / 4:43 pm


I understand some folks must write in silence, but for others – myself included – musical accompaniment helps lubricate the fingertips.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kinds of stuff?  Do you avoid music with lyrics?

How do you use music?  Do you use the emotion of the music to help guide (or instigate) the emotion of your work?  Do you ride beats?

Although I am constantly (obsessively) hunting for, acquiring, and listening to new/different albums, there are a few go-to favorites I throw on when it’s time to get down with the wordage. Here are just a few of my personal recommendations — I would love to hear from other people about their practices and/or their recommendations:

Glenn Gould – A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981)

Wu-Tang Clan – Forever (1997)


Behind the Scenes / 121 Comments
September 7th, 2009 / 2:52 pm