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!


9 comments:

Gram said...

It depends on my mood. Sometimes I like oldies - 50's and up and sometime classical - Bach. I have headphones at my computer so I don't bother my better half.

Zena Weldon said...

My favorite is OASIS by Stewart Dudley, pianist-composer. I grew up near the shore of salt water and fine the rhythm of tidal water very soothing, sometimes just listening, sometimes as background. I also like THE FOUR SEASONS. It's one of the few "classical" compositions I can just sit and listen to as it plays. It stirs my imagination and I close my eyes and see pictures conjured in my mind. Thank you, Lorraine, for choosing this topic! Smiling, Zena

Fred said...

I came to enjoy Classical Music in my 60's and particularly enjoyed it when reading, because with vocal music I found I would be listening to the words. My favorite is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Shenerazade. I could listen to that morning to night.. Closely followed by Tchaikovsky. 1812 Overture, the Nutcracker Suite and my favorite work by T'man is the Piano Concerto. In a Westie group I belong to, one of the members attends many of the performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra and provides me with other composers to listen to.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I used to use headphones, but worry about hearing loss, so I gave them up. The one thing I don't want to do is go deaf (like my grandmother), so I do everything I can to protect my hearing. No way do I ever want to be deprived of my beloved music.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I could only find one Stewart Dudley on Amazon that had samples, but he reminds me of another artist I enjoy, Curtis MacDonald. I'll give him a try. Thanks for the tip.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Thanks for sharing, Fred. When I was in my teens I listened to stuff by Listz and Beethoven. (My favorite is still The Pastorale and the 9th is another favorite.) My brother had a friend who used to drop by and every time he came, I'd make him play Moonlight Sonata on our piano. (Never occurred to me to buy the sheet music and now I don't have a piano.) That is the saddest piece of music ever written. Mind you, I was also listening to Grand Funk Railroad (bunch of misogynist jerks, but the music had a good beat) and other stuff. I love so many different types of music, but when I'm working--it's gotta be quiet and in the background. Although ... I sometimes listen to Harry Potter soundtracks. (For a long time I used to listen to the Star Wars and Superman soundtracks. Especially if I'm writing an action scene.)

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Good Morning Lorraine, I listened to your Tropical Morning but the birds got to me.. And I love to hear the birds outside my window. Then I found Music for reading - Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann
HALIDONMUSIC I really like that one.. I think I'll send for the CD.
My Father loved Classical Music so I was exposed to it at an early age. Mom made him get ear phones because he said the only way to hear it was LOUD. Drove her crazy. She didn't care for Classical but had music on the radio all day long on low. My problem is I don't know the names or the composers of a lot of it but know the music and can la la la with most of it. LOL

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Good Morning Lorraine, I listened to your Tropical Morning but the birds got to me.. And I love to hear the birds outside my window. Then I found Music for reading - Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann
HALIDONMUSIC I really like that one.. I think I'll send for the CD.
My Father loved Classical Music so I was exposed to it at an early age. Mom made him get ear phones because he said the only way to hear it was LOUD. Drove her crazy. She didn't care for Classical but had music on the radio all day long on low. My problem is I don't know the names or the composers of a lot of it but know the music and can la la la with most of it. LOL

Dru said...

Classical music soothes me and the louder it plays, the better I feel.