Do you listen to music when you write? I do. When I am typing up ideas and starting to form them. Usually it’ll be some kind of classical, like Steve Reich, or Rihm. It needs to be something other than pop or rock, or my favourite ITunes categorisation, Alternative.
I can vividly recall the beginning of a number of long classical pieces, but if I’m writing it seems to drift straight into the subconscious. Brain food. My brain likes to be fed as it creates. And long jazz pieces seem to work, something like Sketches of Spain.
I’m like you: busy all the time. So sometimes sitting down to write is as much about sitting down to listen as much as anything. But if you’re wordy it wont be long before you will want to explain how the music makes you feel, or just explain the psychic landscape these tweets and honks are causing in you.
I think Ernst Bloch has a lot to answer for in my writing. And Gorecki, Ligeti, Wolfgang Rihm, The Kronos Quartet, Miles Davis. All making the kind of music you can wander in.
It was bliss, the other evening when I really felt those other 6,999,999,999 other humans breathing my air, to get back to a blank screen and Boulez. Poetry and music. Hand in hand.