My Musical Muse

Early morning writing suits my mood, especially in these autumnal days.  A wet, dampened window to sit by, gaze from whilst scribbling madly.  My Muse and I are very fond of this beautiful Aria which we want to share with you.  It's inspirational.  I love all kinds of music but there is something about this classical piece that takes my breath and indeed my mind away, to distant places that I can only visit when writing.   Best served, on a cold rainy morning, wistfully gazing from your window.

Evening, a rosy, slow and transparent cloud
Over the space dreamy and beautiful
The Moon sweetly appears in the horizon,
Decorating the afternoon like a nice damsel
Who rushes and dreamy adorns herself
With an anxious soul to become beautiful
Shout all Nature to the Sky and to the Earth!
All birds become silent to the Moon's complains
And the Sea reflects it's great splendor.
Softly, the shining Moon just awakes
The cruel missing that laughs and cries.
Evening, a rosy, slow and transparent cloud
Over the space dreamy and beautiful

- Heitor Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 -- Aria (translation from Portuguese)

What's your favourite song or musical piece that your Muse enjoys whilst writing?

A/N: Video credits and translated lyrics via youtube.


  1. My muse likes silence. Music distracts her terribly. It makes her want to sing along or dance. And writing while singing and/or dancing is difficult at best, impossible at worst.

  2. I'm trying to imagine writing and dancing at the same time....yep, it's not happening here either. I love music before, after and if the mood calls for it, during. Sometimes if I listen to a piece and it suits the chapter I'm writing, I find it stirs up the creative juices. Silence of course is gold too!! ;)

  3. my muse will listen to anything but when we are dealing with conflict we always go to Eminem. He is so messed up.

  4. oh gosh - i love this! i'm a classicly trained musician and yet i NEVER listen to classical when i write. seems strange, doesn't it? especially since we know how much classical music opens our brains and helps us learn. i prefer alternative (Greenday, The Muse, etc) - it's dark enough to match the mood of my plots.

  5. Oh, how beautiful! I love making playlists for all of my WiPs. The current one has a lot of country, because my MC is Texan :) It makes me happy!

  6. Joanna - Oh that's funny. Eminem is perfect for conflict!

    Amie B - Wow you're a classical musician, thats wonderful. ;) I do love Muse too!

    Meredith - We gotta keep ourselves happy and all our WIPs deserve their own playlists! ;)

  7. Beautiful piece! I work for a neurosurgeon who likes to listen to this very same piece and others, DURING surgery!! It's his muse, too! Sometimes I love to listen to music,(mostly Cajun) when I write, but it largely depends on my mood. Have a great week!

  8. This is absolutely gorgeous! Sigh. I'm a little in love with it.

    Music is HUGE for me. It inspires me and evokes emotion in such a tangible way. I have a song for every person/significant moment in my life. And, it goes without saying then that I have chapter songs as well.

  9. Lately I've been in a classical mood. I think I get that way more toward the fall. Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart...just a few that I love.

    I also like to listen to music from the 1940s while I work on the WW2 novel, though. :-)

  10. Music gets me in the mood to write. I can listen to one song over and over and over and just picture scenes in my head and then (with the song in my brain) I sit and write. Sometimes I have to take a break and then I play the song again, just to get more details. I once wrote a whole book inspired by Michael Buble's song: Home.

    At the moment it's Sting's Desert Rose and Nelly Furtado ft Josh Groban: Silencio.

  11. Beautiful!
    I listen to anything while writing - even TV if it suits - because noise keeps me from being easily distracted. Senseless, I know, but it works.
    P.S. I'm hosting a Marc Jacobs jewelry give away - I hope you'll stop by!

  12. Marguerite - your friend has good taste in music! I am reminded of a friend who told she watched a surgeon operate to the sounds of Pet Shop Boys. ;) How about music to cook by? Have a lovely week too!

    Melissa - *nodding my head vigorously here* I love that you have a song for every person in your life! ;) I'm with you - music definitely helps to evoke emotion in scenes and chapters! Happy writing!

    Melissa M - Oh yes, classical music absolutely fits this season! I also love Chopin when in a frivoulous mood. Good luck with your WW2 novel! ;)

    Elissa - I love your taste in music dear lady. Sting and Nelly are great and Mr Buble is on my dreamboat list! How fantastic that you wrote a book inspired by his song. I find that listening to lyrics helps me too. Songwriters are truly talented souls!

    Sanity Fair - ah, I know what you mean, ala white noise perhaps? It masks out anything else. I used to do this in Tokyo alot. ;) And I'm popping over now to check out that MJ giveaway - sounds FAB! ;)

  13. The image is very fascinating.

    Thank you.

  14. I actually like listening to the band Muse to help me. How funny is that?

  15. That was beautiful!!! Wow what a great writing piece. I lean toward original film scores when writing, but that one you posted was wonderful!!
    I'll add it to my play list.

    BTW I left you something on my blog. :)

  16. Hi Ruma - thanks!! ;)

    Hi Carolyn - LOVE Muse, they are fab. I keep missing them in concert because they get sold out so quickly. One day though... ;)

    Hi PK, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! One of my favs. I listen to a variety of music depending on what the chapter is about. ;)

    And I shall pop over now to your blog!

  17. It's actually silence for me, or the sound of falling rain :)... but after hearing that... I think I may have found new inspiration!

  18. How lovely! I have nothing like this, but I often use background music for inspiration as I write.

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  19. I'm with Bish. Silence is beautiful so my own thoughts can shine. I know many people who have back ground music for just about everything. I did like lying back with my head on a cushy pillow, falling into a much needed sleep with your music. It was lovely and I floated.

  20. Writing nut - you can't beat the sound of falling rain, am with you on that. Also love thunderstorms! ;)

    Carol - thank you! I'm popping over to yours very shortly dear lady. x

    Manzanita - I'm so glad you floated to this piece. It's definitely the aria to float to. ;)


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