When I write, I need to be in a distraction-free zone. While that probably sounds like a no-brainer, you’d be amazed at the type of challenges I encounter when I sit down to write. Whether it’s my precious Welsh terrier’s urge to go outside every fifteen minutes (only when daddy is writing, mind you), or the neighbor’s children holding “screaming” contests on their trampoline, my brain is under constant attack from outside stimulation.
So, where can a writer turn during times of interruption and rising hostility?
The hills are alive…
When I need some quality, uninterrupted writing time, I turn to music. Music selection boils down entirely to a matter of personal preference, but for me, I find that louder, more aggressive music distracts me instead of inspires.
However, there is no wrong answer. Use whatever works best for your situation. Musical inspiration can come from any number of sources. For example, my friend and fellow author Bernard Schaffer created a playlist of Morrissey songs to fuel his creativity while writing Whitechapel: The Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes.
When I write, I need something calming and melodic that I can get lost in. Most of my books have been written while the pleasing sounds of Hammock poured through my speakers. Hammock is pure ear candy, and quite easily the most beautiful music I have ever heard.
Hammock’s music penetrates deep into my soul and brings forth a new layer of creativity in me. It’s like seeing the world through shades of vibrant color and passing seasons all at the same time. While these may seem like lofty claims, the proof is in the very first Hammock song you hear.
While you could start literally anywhere within Hammock’s expansive catalog of music and find pure bliss, here are ten of my all-time favorites that repeat often throughout my creative process (in no particular order):
- In the Middle of this Nowhere (from Oblivion Hymns)
- The More You Drink From the Well, the Higher the Waters Will Rise (from EPs, Singles and Remixes)
- Tape Recorder (from Departure Songs)
- The House Where We Grew Up (from Raising Your Voice… Trying to Stop an Echo)
- My Mind was a Fog… My Heart Became a Bomb (from Oblivion Hymns)
- Tristia (from Chasing After Shadows… Living with the Ghosts)
- Maybe They Will Sing for us Tomorrow (from Maybe They Will Sing for us Tomorrow)
- Dark Beyond the Blue (from Longest Year)
- North (from EPs, Singles and Remixes)
- Blankets of Night (from Kenotic)
The next time you find yourself stuck and in need of a creative boost, I strongly recommend you give Hammock a try. Their music has made a world of difference for me!