The Music That Moves Me

Every night as I sit at my desk and get to work on my stories and books, I plug my phone into the speakers and let the music take me to a place that sets my fingers in motion and the words flow onto the page. I’m not the only one out there that has to listen to music while they work–no matter what that work might entail. I can’t listen to classical hits or tunes from the 70s and 80s eras. Although, I do have a few Queen and Journey songs on my playlist.

What gets me motivated the most? The songs that have a good beat. Rock music, mostly, but I do have a few hipper songs on the list. However, if you go through my phone you’ll notice that the majority of songs come from my all time favorite band on the planet, Fall Out Boy. They have been my favorite since high school, so about 15 years. (Man, that makes me feel old and I’m only 29.)

But, it’s with these select songs that I’m able to get over any writing slumps that stand in my way. They help me see the story happening as I punch the keys with delicate and, sometimes, angry care. Without music, I believe the world would be a very dull and boring place. What would we have to sing badly to? What would we have to fight off the dreadful silence of the night while we sleep? How on earth would we get to work without pumping our favorite tunes as loudly as the speakers will go?

I don’t think humanity would survive without music or books or any of the creativity that drives this planet forward. It’s in the arts of all generations that makes this planet spin smoothly.

And thus ends my rant for the evening!

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Vacation to Niagara Falls

I recently returned from a short vacation with my hubby to Niagara Falls in the lovely Buffalo, NY. It was a long, twelve hour drive, but it was totally worth it. The Falls were absolutely amazing and beautiful. The pictures you see and the ones I’m putting up don’t do it justice. You have to see it up close and personal. Ride the Maid of the Mist like we did and enjoy getting soaked by the water. Take in every second of this masterpiece and never look back.

We had such a great time watching the waterfall and the river. We drove a little further to find Lake Ontario and could just make out the Toronto Skyline on the other side.

On our way home, we stopped in Cleveland, OH and visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I highly recommend any fan of music to swing by and see this place. It’s so interesting to see how much music has changed over the decades–as well as the clothing. We saw so many neat pieces, watched videos from when rock and roll was the “devil music”. Got a nice view of Lake Erie from one of the upper windows and spent the better part of two hours walking around and seeing everything this place had to offer. I think we could’ve easily spent another two hours there if we had the time.

All in all, this was a great vacation. I wasn’t looking forward to coming back to work today, but who does, right?

Music to my ears…

I have the strangest array of music on my phone that I listen to while I write. I mean, it is all over the place. I have some Fall Out Boy, which is currently playing, along with The Pussycat Dolls, John Legend, The Cranberries, and of course my new found favorite, Muse. I even have some of the songs from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack because I’m just that weird. But, this is the music that I listen too while I’m writing the night away.