Monday, August 27, 2007

Music to Write a Book By

In my normal life, I like halfway decent music, I swear. I'm never going to be on the cutting edge of anything, but I like to think that nothing I listen to is going to cause anyone to roll their eyes. Lately, for example, the music in heaviest rotation has been the Police, Jolie Holland, Cat Power, Andres Segovia, and the Garden State soundtrack.

This all changes when I flip to my "work" folder on iTunes. There you will find not only a bit of classical music (which I don't normally listen to, but there's something wonderfully apocalyptic about a requiem mass), but also an embarrassing collection of cheesy neo-medieval music. Seriously, this stuff is the aural equivalent of reading a trashy romance novel with Fabio on the cover while attending your local Renaissance Faire. I don't know how else to describe it. It is, by all measures, Not Good Music.

And yet... somehow, as background noise it works to put me in a write-about-the-middle-ages frame of mind. Just so long as I don't actively pay attention to it, I'm fine.

I'm sure other people have less embarrassing work music. Thank god this blog is (mostly) anonymous.


Anonymous said...

OMG! OMG! We actually have a common artist on our mp3 players: Cat Power also resides on MY widget. I would have thought this would never, ever happen. Heh.

Anonymous said...

"Everyday I Write the Book."

Essential worktime listening.

the Cranky Professor

Anonymous said...

Oh - pardon me - Elvis Costello.


Notorious Ph.D. said...

Cranky -- that's just freakin' brilliant.

Another Damned Medievalist said...

I have the same work music! For me, it has to be not in English if there are vocals, and it has to be not too dramatic. So lots of new-age ambient plus LOTS of baroque and actual medieval.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

ADM, that's precisely it: if there are words I can understand, I will focus on them.

On the other hand, a rockin' little number is just the ticket for fixing footnotes.

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