November 24

Do You Listen To Music While You Work?

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Hooray! Hooray for National Sardines Day (24 Nov)!

I simply LOVE sardines. My grandfather had a fishmonger shop in the small town where I grew up. It’s where I had my first proper job too. I grew up with sea food, and still utterly love it to this day.

The best sardines I ever had were on a beach on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canaries. Barely a few hours old, cooked in garlic & butter. And with a perfect local white wine. The chef was just this guy & his wife, with a house on the beach, not a restaurant. They kind of ripped us off price-wise compared to prices in town, but I don’t remember those other restaurants, or the actual price we paid for this meal. Only that it was amazing. And I’ve eaten all kinds of food all over the world… but this was to die for!

And if you don’t yet listen to something whilst working, why not give it a go – you’ve little to lose!

Like many I have found that taking yourself back to a relaxed or happy memory can often put yourself in to a similar state, one that is more useful for what you’re trying to do at the time. It can be helped by music – a particular song for example. And music by itself can help you get in to a more resourceful state too.

Many people like to listen to music while working. I have a good friend & colleague who likes to listen to pretty angry grunge rock. She also has one side of her head shaved and the other is long, luxurious hair. Purple too! She’s also one of the smartest people I know.

When I need to go create, but aren’t quite there in terms of mood, I’ve found Vivaldi’s Four Seasons does it for me. On YouTube somebody posted a 10 hour long loop of it, complete with a nice picture of autumn. So, on it goes! It helps get me to the right state of mind and keep me there. What also helps is the able assistance of any one or all 3 of our rescue dogs, once they realise there’s no room on my lap when I’m in my study, being creative!

Sometimes I find the sounds of rain, a gentle, rolling thunder in the distance, or the sounds of waves gently lapping on the beach, to help me relax & reflect as I marshal my thoughts and set direction for my bout of creativity.

I love it when I’m in my ‘zone’ in whatever I’m doing. And I feel a gentle obligation to be so for my clients and anybody else who might come across my work, even if I never know about them. That’s why I’m a little more deliberate in my choice of sounds when working. But that’s just me.

What do you like to listen to when you’re working? Do you have specific songs or tracks for specific kinds of work? Let me know in the comments!


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