Productivity The Writing Life

Music to Write By

Back when my children were children, and doing homework, I was against music accompanying their studies. They played it loud, and it annoyed me.

When I was in school, I studied in silence. They could do the same.

These days, there is more and more support for using music to improve study and learning.

Of course, these studies are driven by people who grew up listening to loud music while studying. What else would we expect?

Well, I now listen to music while trying to be creative and productive. I am a convert.

My favorite is Pandora and the stations I’ve created there. I have soft and hard music on tap according to the task at hand. Although Spotify has overtaken it as the most popular music streaming service, I remain loyal to Pandora.

I recently signed up for an Amazon Prime account. For $99 a year I get perks.

The most obvious perk is their free 2-day shipping on qualifying purchases. Yeah. I’ve used it.

But, I like their Prime Music. Plenty of free music to listen to.

I particularly like their playlists and albums devoted to Reading and Studying and Rainy Days. These are curated and make mellow sounds for concentration.

When it’s time to get busy, I pick my preference of the day, and start working. I try to keep the sound level low enough that it doesn’t intrude on my thoughts.

My writing doesn’t suffer, and my mood is improved.

Do you use music when writing? If so, what kind?

By John Larson

John is an experienced small business owner, management consultant, project manager, and family man. John has been married since 1967 to the same beautiful bride. He has two sons and eight grandchildren. He makes his home in Carlton, Oregon, USA.

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