Earlier this spring, just after school was out for summer, I found myself wanting a pair of bluetooth headphones. My wired headphones (Sony) lasted quite a while, but finally went to the great headphone round-up in the sky some time ago. I’ve found that, for some odd reason, my engagement with my writing improves when I’m listening to music. It improves tenfold when I can shut out everything else with headphones and just become one with the music. My uncle was HUGELY into classical music and every afternoon and evening when I came home from school, I did my homework with music playing in the background. I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m not a dancer and I don’t think that I can dance (I only move in time with the music; I’m not sure that on any planet where there’s human habitation could you even begin to call what I do dancing–probably not on any alien planet, either, but I digress).
As an adult, I’ve found that I use music sporadically–sometimes I put it on and the projects seem to go much better, smoother, and easier. Sometimes, either I feel I don’t need it, I’m not in the mood, or (like previously) I don’t have the right equipment (i.e., no headphones) and I’m not nearly as effective as I once was in writing (& then I wonder why nothing comes/or I can’t get to come out the way I see it in my mind–go figure). I really wanted a pair of Apple Airpods, but they were too expensive at the time and were going to take six weeks to ship, so I looked on Amazon and found a pair that I really liked and that were fairly cheap as I plan to get Airpods later in the year.
So I bought a pair of Senso Active Bluetooth Headphones (pictured below). However, I didn’t realize that the bluetooth earphones were as big as they were. When I put them in and then looked at myself in the mirror (with my bald head), I discovered a distressing fact: I looked like Lobot from Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back. For this reason, I’ve not really worn them for any length of time until today. Today I discovered just how much that I’ve missed the music and how much music plays a role in my writing/creativity. All those years of listening to classical music during the school year and doing my homework and all those years of jumping around to WJTT Power 94 in the summer has really “wired” (or perhaps “re-wired” my brain) as I seem to enjoy a boost to creativity to my writing when I’m listening to music and it is a palpable increase. Even as I write these words, looking for all the world like Lobot, music is coursing through my ears into my brain and the words are flying out of my mind and on to the computer screen. My bloody fingers can’t even keep up; if it wasn’t for auto-correct, then this post would be filled with typos.
The point I’m trying to make is that even though I look foolish, the boost in creativity (& hopefully productivity) is well worth it. So call me, Mr. Lobot.