Friday, February 6, 2015

Comfort Music

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

My office is right next to Mr. L's office. In fact, I have to go through his office to get to mine.  Why the original owners tacked two bedrooms together like that is beyond me.  Wouldn't the person in bedroom #1 want his or her privacy?  But then, that's why the rooms make better offices than sleeping areas.

Anyway, my life is set to music--or at least noise.  If I'm not listening to an audiobook (while folding laundry or cleaning the kitchen), I'm listening to music.  I got my love of music from my Dad. The first present I ever remember getting was a radio. I must have been three or four and I played it all night long--every night.

I usually listen to quiet, background type music during the day.  (Often dubbed as New Age.)  I have a lot of CDs by David Arkenstone.  Right now I'm listening to Tropical Morning. I like it because it has the sound of birds, a gentle wave now and then, and soothing tunes. (Mostly acoustic guitar.)

Sometimes I give my characters some traits I exhibit myself.  Right now I'm writing a rather somber piece. In it, one of the characters (Richard Alpert) knows that something bad is going to happen. His comfort music is Vivaldi, and in particular, The Four Seasons. I also love that piece of music, but it's not something I find comforting. I don't even own it, but when I was first experimenting with the character, I soon learned that he was a classical music fan and Vivaldi was his favorite.

Where does this stuff come from?

Anyway, sometimes I drive Mr. L crazy because I never get tired of music.  I've been playing Tropical Morning for about a week now -- non stop, for hours at a time (when I'm in my office.  Echoes of Egypt (another Arkenstone album) has been playing in the family room where I write).

Do you have any kind of comfort music?  If so, please share!