I love music. Always have, from the time I received my 1st record player at age 5, and 'bunny hopped' all over my room. Carpenters, Sonny and Cher, Elton John, The Who, Tony DeFranco, Donny Osmond, Shaun Cassidy, Bay City Rollers, Bee Gees.....I've lost count of how many times my mom would tell me to 'shut off that music and do your homework.'
But I DID do my homework! Just because I could belt out 'Stayin' Alive' and do my math homework at the same time.....or find and underline all verbs/adjectives/prepositional phrases......or even do my assigned reading didn't mean I wasn't studying!
When I first began writing (seriously), my kids were little. I'd put them down for a nap, turn on Hooked On Classics (my hubby had an 8-track) or Enya's Oronico Flow tape and write for two solid hours until my son would come out and crawl into my lap.
Later, when the laundromat was my writing 'cave', I learned to write with whatever was on the juke box. My favorites were AD/DC, Don Henley, Nirvana, and a few others. I even plotted out an entire book once while in a bar, waiting for friends to show up! (Hey, even this past Saturday, while waiting for my turn at karaoke, a fantastic idea popped into my head for #5 of The Chosen! No, it has NOTHING to do with karaoke!)
I've written to Prince, Bon Jovi, and Back Street Boys. One of my favorite stories to tell was the time I had an entire week to myself, and went through my (then) entire 8 CD library, and wasn't motivated.
Until I happened upon the Aqua CD I'd not yet unwrapped. Remember 'Barbie Girl'?
I was on page 20 when I realized I'd forgotten to set my CD player to 'continuous play'.
Ever written a sex scene while hearing, "Bob the Builder, can we build it? Bob the Builder, yes we can!" in the background? Don't laugh....Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer also kept my little one happy during the first year I did NaNoWriMo!
What I'm trying to say is, I focus better with 'noise' in the room....unless I'm trying to have a conversation with someone. If we're in the car, I'll probably shush you and turn up the radio!
Housework is even tolerable when Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' is playing. Yes, I've even played air guitar with a broom....I admit it!
Who are some of your favorite bands/singers?
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