by Greg Perry (Ask Me Anything Here, I’ll Reply to You!)
I’m not classical music snob. Quite the opposite; I’m normal.
I don’t think the government should subsidize classical music. (Or any other “art.”) Why is it that every major (and most minor) philharmonic orchestras all across the country begin with a town’s name? It’s because the town subsidizes it.
I wish my town would subsidize my writing. “Hey. Mayor, I’m going to write a few pages today, can you please bring over a fat check from the
When I am king, every orchestra, artist (especially every artist), opera, and ballet will have to sink or swim based on their own ticket sales and their ability to advertise and please the public. Sort of like authors have to do. Hey, our art isn’t any more Artsy Fartsy than anybody’s painting. Time for the free market to decide who stays and who goes. Most of the garbage art, sorry to be redundant, would be gone by year end. Good riddance.
And whatever remains would be wonderful and has a chance to make great profits. The free market rewards those who serve the public’s wants and needs best.
Classical Music Soothes the Savage Writer’s Block
Having said all that, much of which has nothing to do with the point of this post, I have two writing tips that are extremely helpful. Just try it and see if it works for you.
Many of us prefer absolute silence when writing but over the years, I’ve found that listening to two types of classical music can get me focused on my writing. I think that, especially for non-fiction writing, listening to anything with words will distract and bias your writing, even at an unconscious level. And Muzak or jazz just don’t work for me as well as these:
1. Vivaldi (just about anything Vivaldi, but Le Quattro Stagioni (Italian for The Four Seasons), and lead off with Spring, is incredibly boostful for me (if I may coin a new term). Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4kTei0XrCs
2. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, especially during the numerous times when those brilliant French Horns take over the riff. (Forgive me Bach for calling such passages riffs, I mean no disrespect.) We’ve listened to this amazing stuff 100+ years after he wrote it. Like the 1911 pistol, good things hold firm throughout the test of time. Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey3YB98TtGs (the piano forte here is none other than the great Glenn Gould; I can’t believe we can just queue up such things with a single click! The Amish don’t know what they’re missing out on by refusing technology) (but… Glenn, in this sample I didn’t hear one French Horn!).
Note: Don’t even think about a rendition where they stick flugelhorns in for a half-IQ attempt to sound like French Horns. Some ensembles try to get away with this. (Probably all taxpayer funded because who in their right mind would pay to hear such a Bach Mock! (Okay, maybe I am a little bit of a classical music snob.))
Note: As I always say, if it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it!
Give Vivaldi and Bach’s Brandenburg a try the next time you write. Just open a YouTube.com page and start it going, put on your headphones, and see how you will lose yourself in your writing in a positive way.