I’m often asked about the details of my preferred writing environment — the setting, the ambience. I’m a bare bones writer who enjoys solitude and appreciates nothing more on my desk than a laptop and a tea light — my six hour “contract” to show up, stay put, and write.
To avoid diversion, I turn off my cell phone, and limit my writing screen to two ingredients: a white page and a black background.
My desk is situated by a window that overlooks a well-seasoned, rugged oak tree in our front yard. When there’s noise distractions outside, I put on headphones, turn the volume low, and listen to instrumental music.
For me, the essential element for music to write by is that it must transport me to the ocean:
- I want to hear the seagulls screeching overhead and waves crashing on the shore.
- I want to taste the salt in the air, and dig my toes in the sand.
- I want to squint from the brilliant shimmer of sun glancing off the waves.
- I want the sea breeze to ruffle my hair as it carries the briny smell of seaweed.
With this in mind I created The Key of Sea — a music playlist to write by. Even though I’ve listed specific tracks below, all of the recordings on each album are transportive. Bon voyage!
Album – Ocean Dreams
Artist – Dean Evenson
Track – Lightly Salted
Whale Point, Eleuthera Island — Bahamas
Album – Earth Spring
Artists – Frank Smith & Kat Epple
Track – The Open Sea
Bellingham Bay, WA
Album – Ocean Waves
Artist – Deuter
Track – Théoule-Sur-Mer
Album – The Property of Water
Artist – Paul Adams
Track – The Serene Dance of Thunder
Footsie on the Beach
Album – Simply Beautiful
Artist – Nadama
Track – Whale Song
Where do you want your music to transport you?
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan
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