"The vast and various sounds that surround us in our studios and add to our studio experience. What kind of music feeds your creativity while in your studio or, perhaps it's sounds that fill the empty spaces while in your studio." -naomi
I have a very loud and busy life. So oftentimes when I'm in my studio I listen to the sounds outside of my window. In the fall I am "serenaded" by over a thousand geese who stop at our pond on their way from our Canadian good neighbors to warmer southern climes. Since my studio is in the attic, I love the sound of rain on the roof. Even when its a violent storm, it just makes me happy to be up there, warm and cozy and safe as I create.
If it sounds like I'm dodging the music issue, its because I probably am. I absolutely LOVE music, but not very many people I know like my music. At risk of getting zero comments on my posting I'll 'fess up. Lets put it this way, my idea of easy listening is "Metallica Unplugged." Just kidding - well, sorta. My favorite music is Tool (every song on "Lateralus" is incredible), Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Metallica and I have a soft spot in my heart for Ozzy. If I want to be perked up, nothing makes me happier than Sammy Hagar belting out "I want the best of both worlds" or John Mellencamp declaring the he's "not running any more." If I want mellow, I'll go with the "jazz noir" group Morphine or the silky voice and guitar riffs of Cowboy Junkies. If I don't want lyrics, I go with the blazing electric guitar of Joe Satriani or Larry Carlton's smoother than smooth guitar and instrumentals. If I really want inspiration I go with Frank Zappa's album "Shut Up 'N Play yer Guitar" or Rachmaninoff's "Complete Music for Two Pianos" (just to confuse people :->). So yes, I'm mostly a heavy metal, electric guitar solo wailing, kind of girl. But head bangers actually do write some inspired lyrics if you stop to listen. So "Open Mind for a Different View."