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Writing to Music

Updated: Apr 24


Sometimes I work in silence, but I often prefer to work with background noise or music. For many people, noises are distracting but I am the opposite; sometimes I find that my mind is more likely to wander if the atmosphere is too quiet.


I was thinking recently about working with music on or not, as someone on Twitter had posed a question on this subject to her followers. For optimal results, I need the music on low. Lyrics are fine but instrumentals are slightly better to maximize results. Then I started thinking about college, which is really when I started working with music on. Music has always been a huge part of my life but not something I had paired with work before I set foot on a university campus. Freshman year I had a few favorites that I liked to work to. My #1 favorite was probably this song by Icelandic band Múm that I used to play over and over. The original version of "The Ballad of the Broken Birdie" is okay, but I really vibe with the Ruxpin remix here:


I could write a whole tome about my fondness for Nordic music—Icelandic especially—but I'll spare you that.

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