I love music. Truth be told, most days, I’d rather settle in with a book, my laptop or journal and Sirius or my iPod than watch TV. It’s just how I’ve always been.
When it comes to writing, music is my biggest inspiration. I find that I just work better when I’ve got music around me.
Lately, I’ve felt a bit overly agitated, so to diffuse that, I’ve taken to putting in my earphones at work for long periods of time. Here’s what’s been on my playlist the past week or so:
Dr. Dog – “Be The Void”
I am uber obsessed with this new album from these indie darlings. While I’d casually enjoyed some of its previous six works, this album is just doggone spectacular (get it? get it?). I even gave it five Ws – the highest Weekender rating when I reviewed it for the paper this week.
Highlights: “Vampire,” “Lonesome,” “That Old Black Hole” … oh, just listen to the whole damn thing. You’ll thank me!
Wilco “Sky Blue Sky”
One of my old standbys, this was my first dabble into the world of Jeff Tweedy and company, which soon cemented itself as one of my favorite bands. While I’ve loved its newer albums like “Wilco: The Album” and “The Whole Love,” you never forget your first, as they say, and this remains engrained in my perpetual playlist.
Highlights: All of it, but especially “Impossible Germany” and “Hate It Here.”
The Band “Music From Big Pink”
For the love of God, how amazing is The Band? No matter how many times I listen to this album, I still: 1. Get chills. 2. Can’t decide who is my favorite voice and usually side with whatever member happens to be singing at that particular time (though I do feel a strong pull toward Rick Danko). 3. Feel an overwhelming sense of sadness because they were so Goddamn good, their vocals and lyrics cut me to my very core and nothing and no one will ever compare.
Highlights: Every single song, but I’ll never hear “Long Black Veil” enough, “I Shall Be Released” (written by one Bob Dylan) will always induce a tear or two because Richard Manuel’s voice is so unbelievably heartbreaking, “Chest Fever” (how incredible is Garth Hudson’s organ intro??) and of course, “The Weight.”
What’s your favorite music to work to?