May 13, 2010

Writing Music

One of the benefits of having a home office is that I don't have to worry about whether my colleagues like my music or if I like theirs. I can microwave popcorn or cook redolent foods without fear of complaint. And when the mood strikes I can launch myself from my chair and dance with reckless abandon.

That is really the only way that I dance. No sense of rhythm with a body built for destruction it is far more comfortable to do it alone, otherwise I feel ridiculous. Unless we are talking about slow dancing in which case I can say that I am both comfortable and confident.

It is kind of a funny thing, this spontaneous movement that I engage in. I can't tell you how long I have been doing it, just that I am. What I know for certain is that it is rare that I don't work to some sort of musical accompaniment. Rare that I don't think about music at all.

Writing music has several meanings. There is the obvious one that refers to the actual construction of music. I find that to be quite interesting. I have no formal training whatsoever and haven't studied it at all. But lately it has occupied my thoughts. Occupied sections of my mind because I want to be able to do it. Because I think that composing a score is amazing. Because I made a promise once to write a song for someone. Because I want to compose and create.

Writing music also refers to a list I created in iTunes. It is a growing list of music that I use to help facilitate my writing. Songs that help to set or enhance my mood are all included in it. It is an eclectic mix of about 65 songs. A list that continues to grow each day.

I suppose that I can't offer that without sharing a selection so here is a snapshot:

Join Together- The Who
Come Talk To Me- Peter Gabriel
Can't Get It Out of My Head- ELO
Gimme Shelter- Rolling Stones
I'm A Man- Spencer Davis Group
Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol
Hold On, I'm Comin'- Sam and Dave
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)- Rolling Stones
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy- Rod Stewart
Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mess Around- Ray Charles
Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash
Maybe I'm Amazed-Paul & Linda McCartney
You're All I Need To Get By- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
The Breaking of the Fellowship (Featuring "In Dreams")- Lord Of The Rings Soundtrack
Detroit City- Bobby Bare
Baby, I Love You- Aretha Franklin
City of Blinding Lights- U2
The River- Bruce Springsteen
Mansions Of the Lord- West Point USMA Cadet Glee Club

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