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Music to photograph by?

Posted in focus, getting inspired, inspiration, music on March 31, 2011 by brynforbes

blue aqua and gray small wave flowing towards shore Not all days do I leap out of the car, camera blazing. Sometimes when I’m having an off day and not feeling the creative juices flowing, I listen to music while I’m exploring a subject. I like to listen to music that half keeps my attention. Enough to drown the “ugh I’m tired” thoughts but not enough to occupy my attention fully or drown out the “hmm maybe vertical” or “maybe fisheye would be good” thoughts. Typically the songs are airy, mellowish, upbeat, not aggresive.

Anybody have any suggestions for me?

Like showing art, it’s scary to tell people what you listen to for fear of judgement. But I accept I am not cool, and I am always looking for new music (though rarely have the patience to explore, hence the asking for recommendations)

Here’s some songs in my “get me in the zone” (upbeat yet calm) or the “keep me undistracted and in the zone” (background) playlists:

Looking for energy, inspiration, need to get started playlist but ease me in to it:

Christmas TV – Slow Club
Tire Swing – Kimya Dawson (Juno Soundtrack)
A Good Run Of Bad Luck – Clint Black
The Secret Of My Success – The Night Riders (Secret of my success soundtrack)
Camera One – Josh Joplin
Bette Davis Eyes – Gwyneth Paltrow (Duets soundtrack)
Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
I’m On A Boat – The Lonely Island [warning bad words]
Hello City – Bare Naked Ladies

Creative flow:
Hallelujah – Allison Crowe
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
The Old Ways – Loreena McKennitt
All Souls Night – Loreena McKennitt
A&E – Goldfrapp
Wish U Were Here – Bliss
Mad World – Gary Jules (from Donnie Darko soundtrack)
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 – Joshua Bell
Orinoco Flow (Remastered 2009 Version) – Enya
You Gotta Move – Cassandra Wilson
Will I? – Ian Van Dahl
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World – IZ
Square One – Tom Petty (Elizabethtown soundtrack)
Suite From Forrest Gump – Alan Silvestri
Deep Breakfast – Ray Lynch

Of course, these are tailored to my needs at this stage in my life. Some people work better with a loud speed metal playlist to pump them up.

Anyway, given the examples above, can you send me suggestions on what to add to my playlist? I’m in desperate need of some new stuff.