I “met” Lee when he became a follower of my blog. I did not know him before then, and I only know him from his comments on my blog and from reading his blog, Tossing it Out. Lee is a really terrific writer. I really admire him. He is really supportive and offers a lot of encouragement to a lot of bloggers. I think he is one heck of a guy and one heck of an inspiration to anyone who aspires to be a writer.
While I was on my trip to England, Lee started the A-Z blogging challenge. Each day, a topic beginning with a letter of the alphabet for the day was the challenge. Lee had many participants. It was an astounding success.
Since I missed being able to participate in Lee’s first blogging challenge, I didn’t want to miss out on the next one. Lee’s next challenge is set for Monday, May 17. It is called Fantasy Island Favorites. Participants are to write about the 15 CD’s that they would choose to be marooned with. We are to choose our 15 favorite CD’s and talk about why these are our favorite CD’s. Lee has a great list of participants for this blog-hop. And I will be one of them! I hope that you will blog hop this challenge, and maybe discover some great music you might never have considered!
Which brings me to this question. Do you listen to music while you bead? Does the style of music you listen to influence the type or style of beading that you do? I read that a beader who I really admire, stated that she does not like to listen to music while she beads. She finds the music to be too distracting. She prefers to bead in quiet. I was really amazed at that.
I need to have music playing while I bead, especially when I am creating something. The TV is ok when I am churning out my “production items” such a slews of earrings for a show. But when I am truly creating a piece of work, I find that music inspires me. It can create a mood that flows through my beadwork.
I find that when I am listening to up-beat dance type of music, my work tends to be more whimsical, light hearted and silly. When I want to create something more elegant and stylish, I prefer to listen to classical, or lounge/mood music. And for pure experimentation, then I will listen to a weird combination of World, Jazz and even Rock. And if I want to really confuse myself, I will have a random mix of all the above in my 6 CD changer!
I find that music has the power to create mood, inspire and motivate me to create my beadwork. I would find it nearly impossible to work without it. I have a large collection of CD’s covering the span of many genres (except Rap which I detest and most Country which I am not a huge fan of). I would almost bet that if you were to hold my beadwork to your ear, you might even hear some of the music that it was beaded with. Hold up a flowery piece, you might hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, hold up a beaded mermaid, you might hear some music from Greece. Hold up my Otter, and you might just be listening to Madonna!
I have a lot of CD’s. They cover everything from Pop, Classical, Rock, World, Dance/Trance, New Age, Blue Grass, Folk, and music I don’t even dare to classify. I have something to suit every mood, or every taste! It’s never dull.
What do I find in my cue most often? Be sure to visit on Monday, May 17 for my line up of the 15 CD’s I would choose to be marooned with. My selection and reasoning for them might just surprise you!
How about you? What do like to listen to while you are beading? Does music influence what you like to bead or create?