How Music Can Enhance Your Creativity
Tapping into Your Creative Side by Listening to Music
by Joanne Troppello
“Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Jane Austen, Emma
That statement resonates with me. I love art, literature, contemporary novels, and music. Anything creative speaks to me. I like to listen to different types of music at different times. When I was younger, I liked a lot of pop and R&B. I still enjoy listening to that type of music. However, my tastes have shifted, and I like listening to country music now. That is ironic, since I disliked country music back in my 20’s when my two brothers loved listening to it.
Tapping into Your Spirit
I love listening to worship music like Bethel Music on my Spotify playlist when I’m doing my prayer walk or need to refocus and shift my mindset back to God—and off of my problems.
“In the process of being worshiped, God communicates His presence to men.” – C.S. Lewis
I love that quote from C.S. Lewis. I’ve heard from God many times in that still small voice in my spirit when I’ve spent time in worship.
“If you don’t worship, you’ll never experience God.” – David Jeremiah
That’s so true. Whether you are worshiping the Lord alone with or without music on or worshiping Him in church with the congregation, you get the chance to experience God’s presence in a real and powerful way.
Tapping into Your Right Brain
In the Creative Side of the Brain in MindValley.com they stated that, “One of the traits associated with workplace success is creativity as it is linked to innovation. In fact, the right hemisphere of the brain controls creativity, imagination, and intuition, giving you the ability to visualize and interpret reality.”
Listening to music or even learning how to sing or play an instrument can be effective in helping you tap into the creativity of your right brain—and give you a break from too much analyzing from your left brain.
You can read more in an article written by my sister on how piano lessons helped her daughter and was effective in tapping into her creative side. Product Review: Lessonface.com – Piano Lessons via Zoom During a Pandemic
Tapping into Your Creativity
When I work on my articles for the magazine or clients, I usually have the news or HGTV or the Cooking Channel on as a distraction or white noise in the background. That’s probably because I work from home and even though I enjoy the silence, I don’t want to hear silence all the time.
However, when I work on my novels, I love listening to either classical music or instrumental music like Kenny G or my piano playlist. Listening to that type of romantic and calming music has always worked to help me tap into my creativity and get inspired as I wrote the next scene for my characters.
Once while listening to the instrumental playlist, I wrote the following poem. I wanted to depict how listening to music was such a great escape for me from the real world—even if only for a short while.
While the Music is Playing
Escape from the Surreal World
I am in a world far away removed from today’s surreal existence,
simply existing in a sweet solitude, dreaming undisturbed.
My feet run without inhibition in this world of faeries and gnomes,
knights and damsels purely sweet, in a world all their own.
The greenest meadows ever seen, heather in full bloom
exude a heady fragrance, alabaster jar sending it flowing.
Distant this land is even to me, mere mortal chained to this earth,
yet freed by the voice in the wind and sweet melodies carrying me away.
Dusk comes to the heathered meadow, embracing me peacefully,
as I am alive, yet weary from the troubles and sorrows in this life.
I fall prostrate on the green and lavender cushion and hear the
distant melodic strains calling me back to my troubled world.
Back to my world as concrete as the marble mantle top in the room.
Yet, I am revived—revitalized by the wind while the music played.
© Joanne Troppello
After listening to music, I am usually revitalized. Do you enjoy listening to music and if you do, what types of music do you like? Has listening to music helped you to tap into your spirit, your right brain, or your creative side?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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