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Saturday, October 9th, 2010 by Ken Scholes
A Guided Tour of the Writing Mix

I started writing in high school — poking at my little blue manual typewriter in my room in the doublewide.  And on weekends that I visited my Dad, I’d use his TRS-80 or later, his Apple.  Early on, I learned that it was vastly easier to slip into the Fiction Zone if I had music playing. 

Back then, it was LPs or cassettes.  These days, I have an ipod that a friend passed on to me when she upgraded.  And since the babies were born, I’ve found that I pretty much need the headphones now unless the little lovelies are asleep.  Even when I’m stuck, I can usually count on music to drag me back into that Zone where I can find the words.

So today, I thought I’d give y’all a tour of my writing mix.  And hurray for Youtube…you can all follow along from home and enjoy the video versions I’ve pulled out.  Grab some coffee or tea.  Or a drink…it’s bound to be 5pm somewhere.

Are you ready?  Here we go. 

My writing mix is a diverse concoction.  For the longest time, I was largely stuck in the 60′s and 70′s when it came to music…particularly folk rock.  But over time, my tastes have broadened. 

Now, I have some 80′s music, naturally.  I didn’t really love that music when I was in the timeframe, but you can’t go wrong with classics from that decade IMHO.

And the 90s…well, I lost about half that decade trying to be someone I wasn’t and was largely out of the music loop.  But at the end, I found some lovely surprises.  I suspect that maybe this is the decade that I’ll go back and explore that era’s music better.

Then, of course, there’s the music that friends (or Jen) have introduced me to over the years.

And on those days that I’m particularly stuck, I turn to my comfort tunes and they always, always deliver.

So what about you?  Music or no music?  And what’s on your writing mix?