☛ Tip of the hat for the title goes to the lovely Cedar Sanderson, whose series "Eat this while you read that" is without question, one of the reasons why I know that God loves me and He created the internet because he wants me to be happy. And probably also fat. ☚
Artists do all kinds of weird things to get into the art-makin’ groove. I know some who want complete silence. Some like to have the tv on in the background. Or they like noise with no words and have pandora playing them a station full of acoustical music. Or the music has to be a certain genre, like blue grass or heavy metal or metal played to sound like bluegrass. (it exists!)
Everyone has a preference, and there’s a lot of argument about what is most effective. Even among scientists who, having cured the world of cancer and war and Justin Bieber, have done multiple studies on music and whether or not playing it while working helps productivity or hinders it. (Spoiler: They are conflicted. NYTimes: It makes you more productive! Time: Y'all be trippin'. )
My personal take? It depends on your personality. You figure out what works for you, and you run with it.
For myself, I absolutely have to listen to a book while painting. And I’m not alone. Based on my purely anecdotal experience, roughly half-ish of the people I know who draw or paint, enjoy listening to books while doing it. (how do you like that math?)
Because I know some of you like to listen while working, I thought I’d share a couple of audio books that got me through many hours of doing the art thing. And if you haven't quite decided on a particular groove to get you in that special creative mode, you may want to give audio books a try.
I couldn't possibly decide what my top three favorite books to listen to are, but as I look through my library, here are some good places to start. The key ingredients of a good tale told by an excellent narrator are present in all of them.
(For what it's worth, I have met very few genres that I didn’t like. At a glance, I have biographies, historical fiction, cozies, noir private eye, an obscene number of sci-fi/ fantasy, spy novels, books with lawyers as the main character, zombie apocalypse, urban fantasy, sword and horse fantasy, mystery, and also anything by Neal Stephenson. Whatever genre that is. )