In the last couple years I've come to really appreciate silence needed to focus on certain projects. Tuning everything out really helps me to concentrate on the work in front of me, especially if I'm writing--I need quiet to let me brain fill with words.
Other times I need sound, music, something I can hum to while I take care of tasks that don't require the total concentration to create. Sometimes I need music to create--I am a dancer, after all. Music is an essential tool of the trade. Those playlists are for later.
In any case, I've been popping up to my office a lot this week to work on preparing for this semester's classes. Times like this I turn to my all time favorite genre, singer-songwriter/folk. It's softer, easier going, and something I can mellow out to while my mind and hands work.
Looking for some new tunes to play in the background? Try these any of these three albums:
"I Can't Imagine" by Shelby Lynne
"Venus" by Joy Williams
"The Firewatcher's Daughter" by Brandi Carlile
What's your favorite work music?