I don’t really know when television shows began using popular music as a backdrop or a soundtrack to bolster the story line but I can say that a lot of the music I listen to today I first heard on television. When a catchy tune begins to roll in the background, I will often turn to Google on my iPhone in order to find out what the song is. And since much of what I watch is streamed and a few days late, the online playlists seem to be up to date and accurate. Of course I end up downloading the songs I like from iTunes for .99 cents and transferring them to my iPod or computer in order to enjoy them later.
I have often wondered what the soundtrack to my life would sound like if I were to compile one. It would no doubt include some Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and some Bach, Beethoven and Mahler just to even things out. I love music by Allison Krause, Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday as well. Now that I think about it, I would probably have to limit my life’s soundtrack to 15 songs or less.
Many of the workshop instructors we host here at Cheap Joe’s play music in the background while the students paint. Walking into a class of twenty-five students who are quietly working while listening to music in the background is an almost magical event.
Thinking about music and how it ties into creativity got me thinking about what I listen to when I want to be inspired. Three of those songs are linked to YouTube at the bottom of this post.
What I would like to see (and hear) are your thoughts on music and creativity and hopefully you can share with us the music you listen to while painting or otherwise creating. Feel free to copy and paste links to your favorite songs in the reply section if in the Cheap Joe’s Sketchbook section of our web site or in the comments section if on Facebook.