Music to Work By

Do you have music that inspires you?  Does it change or is it the same music that has inspired you for years?

I have some music that I play when I need to get down to work.  I think that it started when I was young. I can still see my parent’s record player in my mind.  It was wooden and it looked like a big wooden box.  You would lift the top and there was the part that played the records.  There was a shelf of albums under the record player.

It was so long ago that it was not stereo.

I appropriated two of the albums.  I would play them when I was sewing.  I don’t have any idea why I picked those albums but I think it was always the same two.

And years later, I had to buy them on cd so that I could listen to them again.  And then I remembered how they would get my mind ready for work.  I now play them when I am having trouble settling in to get something done.

Yesterday, I discovered that when I changed computers that my iTunes music was not transferred to my new computer.  It was so odd to go to iTunes and find it empty.  I will have to transfer it from my old computer to the new one sometime.  I have music from Amazon that I seem to listen to most of the time.

But this morning, I am having trouble settling in to get work done.  My mind is going a million different ways and does not want to settle down.  But it really needs to settle down.

And then I remembered the music.  I can depend on it to get me working.  Of course, it had been loaded on my iTunes years ago.  Now, I could go and download music from my old computer but that seems like I would be just delaying work again.  And I am willing to bet that it would not go as smoothly as it should and I would lose more time.  So, I looked at the stacks of old cds and found my two old favorites.

In a quick minute, I loaded them on this computer and I can once again start working.  Both cds are from Broadway shows.  One has been made into a movie and I have never seen the movie.  I have a vague idea what that show is about but the other, I have no idea of the plot.  Yes, I can sing the songs without hesitation but I don’t know exactly what the songs refer to in the show.

Are you wondering what the shows are?

The first is Fiddler on the Roof.  Famous, right?  I have never seen it.  I just know the music.  I can guess the plot that goes along with the music.  The second show is a bit more obscure, I think.  The name is The Roar of the Greasepaint – the Smell of the Crowd.  I have no idea what the play was about but I know that the music is part of my life. 

Do you have music that transports you to a place where you can work or relax or read?  Please let me know in the comment section what music moves you and how it moves you.

About Carol Early Cooney

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4 Responses to Music to Work By

  1. Letitia Suk says:

    I have been using “music therapy” for years to set the mood for work. Movie scores (no words) have always inspired me to be creative. The soundtrack to the HBO John Adams is my favorite writing music. I also use Pandora a lot and change from quiet worship music to new age to Broadway to the Beach Boys as the day moves on. Mumford & Sons is great for cooking & cleaning!

  2. michellepond says:

    Music is so powerful. I’ve stalwarts are Motown and Carole King.

  3. Anne Kimball says:

    I guess we’re opposite in that regard, Carol! I get very auditorially (? is that a word?) distracted. To each his own, right?
    Thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

  4. “I love music – any kind of music” (that’s a line from an O’Jays sound). I mostly listen to stuff before my time and music that I grew up listening to. When I listen to a song on a CD I’ll even remember were the song skipped because of a scratch on the LP. My parents listen to music pretty much during all waking hours on the weekend. It’s a wonderful memory. Have you discovered Pandora? You can listened on the computer for free – Unlimited hours. If you listen from an external device you get 40 hours for free. It has some commercials but not many. I love it because if you have a taste for a certain sound like “The O’Jays” you can type them in and it will play them and similar music. Though I have many CD’s and songs I iTunes. I mostly listen to Pandora now. And music DEFINITELY gets me going. The only thing is I can’t write and listen to it. But for anything else, most definitely. Thanks for linking up with TALU!

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