When you create, do you need a music-mate?
Often when I am creating my next masterpiece to be hung in MoMA or The Tate Modern, I often listen to music as I find it inspiring. Sometimes it’s the lyrics, sometimes the genre and sometimes it’s just there in the background and I may even forget I’m playing it. One thing I do find is that when I create I usually have my ‘music-mate’.
I know there have been many studies on how music can inspire creativity, but most of these studies focused on classical music and how Mozart made students score better in their exams. When I’m studying, I just need silence otherwise I start focusing more on the music than what I am actually doing, so it distracts me more.
Apparently, music increases your focus, not me, the opposite happens. But music does, however, affect me in other ways. If I am listening to the right music such as Muse, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan or some oldies, I find my mood is uplifted and I start to move around more with my canvas and it may even affect my choice of colours. I was listening to a song by Jimi Hendrix while painting this week ‘Red House’ and unintentionally painted a red painting. I wonder if the same would happen if I was listening to Purple Haze or Yellow Submarine, or Paint it Black come to think of it.
What I do know is that when I paint, I listen to music. I don’t have a particular genre of music that I listen to because my taste is pretty eclectic. I just listen to whatever I feel like at the time. But some of my favourites to paint with are Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bob, Joan Baez, Coldplay, and I have a playlist which has a bit of everything on it. Recently, I have started collecting vinyl records and buying a lot from eBay. All kinds of stuff. I would really like to get a Nina Simone album, cause that really inspires my creativity.
What music inspires you?