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Unread 10-28-2020, 08:18 AM
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Jayne started a popular thread on the music we listen to to cheer us up. It's gotten me thinking about related issues.

What music inspires you to write?

Does cheering yourself up help you write?
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Unread 10-28-2020, 08:19 AM
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Having a song (a song with words) in my head is an obstacle to writing, at least to writing verse.

I plan to pay more attention to the second question inspired by Jayne's thread. I don't know my answer.
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When I'm feeling good, I don't hole up by myself in my room and scribble.

Music generally makes me feel good. So for me, it's not conducive to writing.
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I don't listen to music while I write (interferes with me hearing the rhythm of my poems), but I have written poems inspired in part by the music of Autechre and Morton Feldman.

I tend to write more when I'm not depressed than when I am, but often my best writing occurs when I'm in that transitional state between the two (moving upward, not downward). So I guess it's arguable that writing cheers me up.
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I find the same thing about depression, Aaron, though it usually feels to me as though an improved mood makes writing possible rather than the other way around.
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It's hard for me to tell, because I do most of my writing in the early morning (before 8am), so before it's really clear whether a particular day is going to be "depressed" or not. Hard to know if the writing causes the good day or the goodness of the day causes the writing...
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HOLST The Planets | Singapore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEi23_uSGNE

This is a truly inspired performance. One of my all-time favorite slow movements is Saturn (Movement No. 5). By the way, Julie would know that there is a female chorus at the end of the piece (Neptune), and the mood is amazingly spacey. (I've perfomed The Planets more times than I can remember. It's a really fun piece to play.)
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The Planets. Holst’s very best.
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