Writing with Music: a Creative Delicacy 


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I
love words. I love the sound of them as they roll off my tongue and I love the vivid imagery they create in my mind’s eye. The discovery of new words in a book or movie excites me because I get to update my vocabulary. Words no matter how complex don’t scare me; unlike numbers which I find quite intimidating. There is indeed beauty in simplicity: when the simple everyday words you and I use are well-crafted to make such profound sense, I am awed.


I
love music. I love the lyrics and rhythm combination which has the power to excite, relax and make me ponder over issues I may not usually pay much attention to. I choose music for its lyrical content over its musical composition. It should inspire or stir some emotion in me. If the lyrics don’t settle well with my spirit, it’s just noise to my ears.

Writing and listening to music is as enjoyable as watching a good movie with well-done subtitles. Just as I can do without the subtitles, I can write without music when it’s unavailable. But background music sets a good mood for me to type out words which turn out to be paragraphs and then end in a finished piece.

Sometimes, the theme of the write-up at the moment determines the songs I listen to. I don’t have a playlist. I just put my music collection on shuffle and leave it to play. I may skip or repeat certain tracks depending on the mood or time of day. Some songs help the creative juices to flow more freely and thus cause me to type faster; others make me stop typing just so as I can sing along and just enjoy the music. Some songs actually give me ideas for future posts. 

Looking for writing ideas? Check your music collection!

Listening to music whiles typing feels like giving my brain a gentle massage as I employ it to cook up sentences for me. During daytime, I prefer the loud and energetic ones. But for the night sessions, I go for the slow, easy-going songs to calm me down to write but also keep me awake. 

I love the solo act of writing but totally relish the two-course meal of listening and writing done simultaneously. It’s one combination I’ll never tire of and doesn’t give me side-effects. Christian and pop songs do it for me.

What about you? Do you like to listen to music whiles writing or do you like to write in the comfort of silence? What songs do you enjoy listening to as you write? Do you have a playlist or do you just let it play? How does it make you feel? Kindly share your thoughts.

© Josephine Amoako 2016

126 Comments Add yours

  1. Writing is truly an art. I like your reference to the solo act of writing.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes, it is an art. Thanks for reading ☺

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  2. Mandy says:

    I see. I’ll try it out and see. Thanks

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    1. joseyphina says:

      You’ve never done it before? Let me know how it feels👍

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      1. Mandy says:

        I sure will.

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  3. lyncrain says:

    I love playing music when I write especially classical in d minor, there is something about the haunting notes that inspire me.
    Music invites the mind to play and writing expresses it.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes it does! Glad to know you can relate 👍

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  4. Elorm Yankah says:

    Oh I LOVE music. I have my earphones in almost all the time and even listen while I’m blogging or doing school work. I especially love to listen to music as I do something creative. It gets all my creative juices flowing 😊

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes it does! 👍

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  5. Nicky M says:

    Couldn’t agree more! I find inspiration in lyrics that make me ponder 🙂

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Great, Nicky! 👍

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  6. I prefer to write in silence. But music always stir my imaginations.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh okay, thanks for sharing your thoughts, Atrayee. ☺

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  7. I agree to this 100%…Music most times makes the creativity in me comes alive!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes it does! 😊

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  8. Papberry says:

    I do listen to music a lot and sometimes it gets me in the writing mood.
    I can write without music but the combination is a killer!
    I have playlists with helps me zoom into writing depending on how I’m feeling I just select the list because I know everything there has been carefully selected.
    And I get a lot of inspiration from music as well.
    I do good music which is mostly characterized by the lyrics and sometimes the beats.
    The type of beat I go for also depends on my mood and the time of the day or night.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh nice! I guess we operate along similar lines. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, dear☺

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      1. Papberry says:

        Sure we do, thanks for sharing😊

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  9. mimispassion says:

    I do listen to music a few times. Usually instrumentals as I sometimes get distracted when there are lyrics.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Ohk… I agree with the occasional lyric distraction. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mimi 👍

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  10. I really enjoyed reading this, my daughter loves to sing and to write songs so I’ll certainly be passing your tips on to her x

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh nice! Thanks for reading ☺

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  11. jamseyboy says:

    Woooow…imma try that.

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  12. If I’m working or writing to music – it has to be something that is NOT pop culture. If I can sing along too easily, I’ll get distracted. But a nice Spotify station with some acoustic tunes or something you’d hear in a coffee shop is normally my go-to… a little calming background noise without being too distracting 🙂

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    1. joseyphina says:

      That’s sounds like a great choice: calming and not distracting.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Erin. ☺

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  13. I love doing all my work with light music on.. 😀

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Light music would do 👍. Thanks for passing by and sharing your thoughts, Keerthana.

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  14. Tara Holland says:

    I listen to music all day, especially when I am writing. I definitely find inspiration and motivation. Have to be careful though, sometimes I just want to dance!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Lol… I know, right? You dance for a while and then resume writing 😉

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    1. joseyphina says:

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  16. mihirtrada says:

    Foolish are those who tell us that writing and poetry is not an art !! And music truly is the greatest inspiration for us !! Music is bae 💖

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Music is indeed Bae! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😊💕

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  17. I like to write in silence, but I can write with the noises of the household too. When it comes to music, I usually listen to it before I write. It helps me relax my brain enough to close some files and focus more on the files with content I feel the need to explore at the moment in writing.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh nice, thanks for sharing your experience, Amber

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  18. Wow, that’s so cool that you enjoy both writing and music. I myself prefer total silence when writing, and only use it to drown out outside noise, lol. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I see, thanks for sharing yours, Stuart! Have a great week.

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  19. Shadray says:

    And just like you, I love music when I am in my creative mode. There is a way music evokes the right emotions that connect with the brain and then flow down into the fingers to the keyboard and form words that just seem right.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Exactly, Shadray! 🤩

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  20. DS says:

    Yes! Music and writing pair well together. I do have to be careful, though. My music needs to approximate the ambiance of what I’m working on. It doesn’t have to match exactly, as long as it doesn’t distract. No bubble gum pop when I’m writing a tense scene. LoL

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I get you! I sometimes take that precaution too. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I prefer to listen to some instrumental music for i think they pair up very well together and it helps me to boost my imagination too…

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  22. Sparkle She has things to say says:

    This was great 😊 I love to listen to music and write at the same time….I can come up with a book just off one chorus or verse.. I Love music so much I can’t go to sleep with out it I’m that girl 🙃 but it does help the writers mind..

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Same here! Glad to know you enjoy it as much as I do! 😀

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  23. Ri says:

    Love your writing!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you, Ri!

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  24. I need to try it

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  25. I love words too…I also love music…great piece.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Good to know you love both too. Thanks for reading, Kerrine. 😊

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  26. CultSurf says:

    Music has always inspired my writing and fed my creativity, though I love it so much I never could write while listening because I get too caught up in the music, I think it’s awesome for the people who can do it! Enjoyed the post 🙂

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  27. kjbArts says:

    Music speaks and inspires, it helps me get in tune with myself. I appreciate your descriptive blog post about words, music, the energy of it all…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading 😊

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  28. Definitely music adds rhythm to the writing process and thought and the creative influx that it brings is just amazing. I like it random. It helps explore the horizon.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      It definitely does. Thanks for sharing, Alysane.

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  29. flyunicorns says:

    I totally relate to your way of thinking. Music and words do it for me too.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Good to know! 😀

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  30. henhouselady says:

    There are times when I prefer total silence when I write. There ate also times when I need music.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I know the feeling. Thanks for sharing

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  31. Great post. I love the connection🌺

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading

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  32. telugubloggersreenadh says:

    I will try this.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading

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  33. Deachen says:

    Yes, lyrical compositions do strike a string, sometimes they are poetic and sometimes they evoke a certain emotion and memory.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      They do, don’t they? 😀

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  34. Music & writing, it’s a mix for me, sometimes in silence sometimes listening to music. The music is a mix of classic, to trance. But I’ve noticed adding lines of lyrics to my writing if the song speaks to my writing. It helps me in my exploration, trying to figure out where the singer was or dig deeper into how the music makes me feel. Thanks for your writing, I loved it 👌🏾.✌🏽& 💚

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Great. Thanks for sharing your process.

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  35. Ayushi Gupta says:

    Really…I am quite young..in class 12….n i m in love with the festival of listenting to a piece of art and simultaneously…writing one❤❤you have really pricked at point💯👍

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  36. cadence says:

    I like listening to cello music as I write

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Good to know! 😀

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  38. TinyJeremy says:

    You write really good

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you, Jeremy.

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  39. J.H.C says:

    Wow! ❤️

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading!

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  40. Aditya says:

    I always do the same and love to do like it 👍

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  41. shamali k says:

    Amazingly written!! I do write while listening to music.. it works!! ❤️

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    1. joseyphina says:

      It surely does!

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  42. wanderingmattlarson says:

    Can’t do it unless there is no vocalist. Otherwise I start singing along and the song takes over the words in my head!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Haha… I know the feeling! So sometimes, I pause to sing along and continue! Such bliss! 😀

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  43. I find doodling on my guitar helps focus me while I write, although I don’t do it as much as I would like. I think I will try listening to music as I write too.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Doodling on the guitar sounds interesting too. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. bosssybabe says:

    Same as you! Love words, writing and music! They have done an amazing job at brightening up those gloomy days!

    I always have music on in the house, and yes while writing too which does help my flow too!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Wow…nice to know we love the same thing! Thanks for sharing.

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  45. husnarfh says:

    This post was on my timeline and it’s great post! Can y’all visit my blog for giving me some advices because I just start writing a blog (again) 🥺👉👈

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  46. I utterly love this idea. I’ll definitely implement it for my next post on my blog and tag you or reference you or something! Thanks for the idea!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      You’re welcome!

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  47. Only cloud says:

    Relatable 🌼

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  48. I found my voice says:

    Love this… It’s funny because years ago I would have said that I can’t concentrate without any outside noise, but recently while writing I have loved listening to piano music, it seems to flow with my words as I write.
    You write very beautifully.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      That’s great to know. Thanks for reading.

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  49. usharajwar says:

    Great pic❤️🌹🌹

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  50. I can only write to lo-fi music without being distracted. But it helps when I create photography etc.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I see…thanks for sharing, Elisabeth

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  51. I love your view about this. I relate so much! For me, writing music is like therapy sometimes. Writing music helps me put my thoughts into words when I normally wouldn’t be able to say them

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Talitha!

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  53. This is an interesting approach to the process of writing. I don’t usually function like this but I might just try it in future

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Sure. Kindly share how it goes when you do. 😊

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    2. joseyphina says:

      Sure. Kindly share how it goes when you do 😊

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  54. Josef Arana says:

    Very nice blog.😃 ❄ 2021-06-21 09h 14min

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  55. iamjsleflore says:

    This is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing it. I love listening to music but as you say sometimes its not always available. Mainly like you say its the mood of it all. Its like the music puts me in a type of trance to feel, and I hope that feeling translates into the writing. I love neo soul R&B, Jazz or acoustic remakes those are my favorites. But I find the musicality of it all strengthens the lyrics. You are absolutely right though you cant go wrong with the creative juices by letting it just play.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh yes! Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  57. atp1801 says:

    Yeah i relate writing music is therapeutic since you get to tell or reveal your thoughts and feelings

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  58. Chioma says:

    I totally agree

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  59. I need music in order to write effectively. Music is the soundtrack of life. What I listen to depends on what I’m writing. A SciFi Novel, Blade Runner soundtrack. A fantasy novel, Game of Thrones Soundtrack as well a Classical Music. For poetry, it’s jazz.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Nice….thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Glad you did. 😊

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