This is going to be the most stream-of-consciousness Me Monday yet. It’s been that kind of day. Just a heads-up.
When we were little, my mom used to sit us down in front of the television with our homework. When we went away to college someday, she told us, we would have all kinds of distractions around us. She wanted us to learn how to complete tasks with a lot of background noise and other things taking our attention away from the task at hand. As a result, I don’t do silence very well. It could also be just the way my brain operates.
Whenever I’m doing something, I need to have some sort of soundtrack, be it something I’m watching on the television or music. When I’m writing, it’s music so I don’t end up letting my train of thought derail. My musical inspirations vary based on what I am writing. For my recent foray into NaNoWriMo, I listened to what I call my “Epic” playlist. It’s full of Future World Music, Two Steps from Hell, Audiomachine, and E.S. Posthumus. You know. Really epic and sweeping orchestral tunes. It fit the mood of the piece. At least that was my hope. Back in high school, there was a poetry workshop and they used to let us roam the halls and hang out wherever we wanted. I’d park myself somewhere, put my earphones on, and write to Iron Maiden. I should probably mention that Iron Maiden is my most favorite band of all time. I wrote a lot of poetry while listening to them. I’m not going to share any examples of said poetry because, in hindsight, it wasn’t the best poetry. I was prolific and that was enough to get some of my work in the school’s literary magazines. Man, maybe I should get back into poetry one of these days.
One of the things that influences my choice of workplaces and how well I’ll do there is whether or not I’m able to work while listening to music. See, it’s hard for me to focus when it’s quiet because then I start hearing all of the things in the office like people chewing and all of the little noises that just make me twitchy. That’s one of the reasons why I’m digging my current job. They let me listen to music as I do my stuff and everything seems to be working out fine. I need music to keep going. It’s just one of those things.
To say that I have eclectic musical interests is an understatement. As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite band is an awesome British metal band who theoretically had their heyday in the 80’s. I disbelieve in that notion because they’re still putting out awesome albums and touring. I’ve seen them three times and would see them again in a heartbeat. That said, I listen to almost anything. I’m not huge into rap or screaming death metal. I like a good beat I can listen to with lyrics I can understand. That said, Adam WarRock is awesome. Here’s a huge shout-out to nerdcore for giving me rap I’ll listen to and a special shout-out to Professor Elemental and his brand of chap-hop. When I was younger, I used to hate Country music until I realized that it was spawned from Celtic music and once that connection happened, I developed a soft spot for it.
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I own up to owning and enjoying all of the music in my collection and if I don’t enjoy it, I have it in my collection for specific reasons and will gladly tell you about those reasons. I enjoy listening to Nickelback. Yes. I do. I own many of their albums and know a lot of the words to their songs. Yes, their music is formulaic. I’m not saying that they’re the next Mozart or whatever, but they found a formula that works and people keep buying their music. If it didn’t work, they’d do something else. Whatever. I like their music.
I love showtunes and movie scores, Lady Gaga and Pat Benatar, and all kinds of things. Looking through my iPod would probably be an enlightening and weird experience for a lot of people. What can I say? I like variety. Thank goodness for Pandora and Spotify. They give me all kinds of great opportunities to try out new music or opportunities to listen to stuff I don’t yet own but keep meaning to buy. Or listen to stuff that I own but can’t be bothered to dig out right now because that would require effort and sometimes I am monumentally lazy.
I have a feeling that I had originally intended this to be a deep post. Then Monday got to me and it became later and this post happened. So. There you have it. Music. I like it. I wouldn’t be me in a silent vacuum. I wouldn’t be much of anything in a silent vacuum if we’re being perfectly honest.