Thursday, February 11, 2010

Go To Your Musical Happy Place

Happy Friday One And All,

No, I'm not talking about musicals, as in the plays with songs, I'm talking about actual music.

While writing Surreal I listened to Chris De Burgh, Ramones, Paul Anka, Buddy Holly, REM, Henry Purcell Clark (Trumpet Voluntary), The Righteous Brothers, They Might Be Giants, Optional 2, Roxette (It Must've Been Love), Bonnie Taylor, Neil Diamond, The Everly Brothers, Lowen & Navarro, Eric Genius, Kci & Jo Jo, and Savage Garden. Quite a motley crew, especially considering that the They Might Be Giants songs I listened to were from one of their kids' albums (they have 2 out that I know about), Optional 2 a mish-mash of musical stylings and hip hop, and Ramones...well, Ramones is punk rock.

Considering that I was writing a paranormal romance, some of this might seem a bit out of place. In all honesty, sometimes it was just something was playing while I was writing and other times, the mood just hit me to go ahead and put it on.

But my musical happy place goes beyond listening to music while writing. It's about finding some music that just makes you happy, relieves stress and puts you in a good mood.

So, what's my musical happy place? UB40's version of Red, Red Wine; REM Stand; CCR's Have You Ever Seen The Rain and The Archies' Sugar, Sugar. Although, UB40 always comes first.

I get dizzy swinging my head from side to side while listening to Red, Red Wine...the stress just seems to drip out of me. I don't know why. I don't even drink wine (red wine actually gives me a headache, and my stomach doesn't react well to white wine).

But there's something about the way music makes you feel that matters. It creates a mood. Depending on what your tastes are, the mood can be happy, sad, anger, romance.

The list of songs and groups of my musical happy place do just that. They make me happy. They make me feel good. It's a great stress reliever.

So...what's your musical happy place?

Have A Fun Friday!


Shannon O'Donnell said...

My musical happy place is K-Love. Nothing makes me happier than listening to Chris Tomlin, Avalon, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, or Michael W. Smith. :-)

Bethany said...


I've heard of some of those musicians, they're good. :-)