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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sunday Music Blog

I'm on sabbatical this semester. Seriously, you have to try it. It's the best. Like for realz.

Getting to step back from the day-to-day aspects of the job, take a needed break from faculty politics, look at your work through a wide angle lens, map out the next five years. Good stuff all around.

What's been especially nice is that I've been able to work on my writing habits. I've made two changes to my writing routine, both of which have proven to be wonderful developments.

First, I started writing in the morning. I used to be a late night writer. 10pm to 1am was my sweet spot. I liked the quiet of the house at night, the stillness. But these days I get tired around 7pm. I'm a wreck by 9pm. So now I wake up and crank it out. And it's been good. I heard someone once say that writing in the morning lets you tap into your dreams. I don't know about that. But the real benefit of writing first thing in the morning has been that, once I'm done, I'm done for the day, and I can go spend my sabbatical on things that really matter--like naps and old episodes of the West Wing. 

Second, ambient music. Frankly, I'm shocked by this. I like jangly guitars. I like tortured artisists. I like music made by humans. I missed the whole techno thing; glow sticks have never been my jam. Ambient music is music by robots for robots. It makes me feel like I'm swimming, which is strange because I don't really like to go swimming, which is also strange because I live in Phoenix and swimming is what people in Phoenix do to stay cool in our post-apocalyptic summers. 

Here's a link to some goodness. It's best enjoyed between 7:30 and 10 in the morning.

Happy writing.

Posted by Zachary Kramer on October 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM in Music | Permalink

Comments

I find almost any music at all, even quiet music with some sort of melody to it -- Clair de Lune for example -- will distract me while I'm writing or grading. Ambient music is perfect, assuming you prefer it to silence, which I generally do. Pandora's ambient channel is pretty good.

Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Oct 5, 2014 1:32:42 PM

Is this really from an academic?

Posted by: TZ | Oct 6, 2014 12:08:00 AM

Thanks, Bruce. I've had good luck with Spotify. I went with Tycho radio. Incidentally, Aphex Twin in New Yorker this week: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/06/pleasure-principle

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Great musical article. Thanks
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