Wednesday, March 06, 2013

A soundtrack for a thesis

I've only been working on the thing for about a month, but my thesis (proposal, at this point) is already developing its own soundtrack, courtesy of Pandora. I needed a song that would get me more energized about sitting down and writing, so I chose Glee's cover of Edge of Glory and made it a station. (FYI, I've never seen an episode of Glee, but their covers are divine.) And a soundtrack for a thesis was born.

It's been interesting to see what Pandora throws at me on that station...and even more interesting to see what kind of music makes me the most productive. Apparently, I like to write to fairly mindless pop with a good beat. Think Cher Lloyd's Want U Back, or Maroon 5's Payphone, or Demi Lovato's...anything. Today while writing, I decided that maybe it was better to NOT peek at the Pandora tab every few minutes. Because sometimes you don't want to know what song it is that's energizing you so much. Plus, every time Pandora wants me to branch out just a little, to more soulful songs or more thoughtful lyrics, I click madly on the thumbs-down without even thinking about it. That'll teach Pandora to mess with my Demi Lovato.

Then again, thesis (proposal) writing has now become a venue - much like spinning - where I can rock out to songs that I wouldn't be caught dead listening to in public. Yessssss!!!!

As long as I'm on the subject of disclosing to the public the embarrassing songs I listen to, let me get this out in the open: Barry Manilow's "Mandy." GREAT song. I can't tell if it's so-bad-it's-good, or just GOOD. For years, I've only known the "you came and you brought me a turkey, on my vacation away" version from The Simpsons. It's nice to hear the original. That's right: nice. I ENJOY listening to it. While I write.

5 comments:

Señora H-B said...

I studied for my MA and PhD exams and wrote a lot of my dissertation to lots of classical and instrumental soundtrack music. I listened to the 'Finding Neverland' soundtrack on repeat at unholy hours. I find that the revision process requires much more mental stimulation for some reason. I have been listening to books on CD and *gasp* music with words! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that requires a little bit of a beat and cheesy lyrics to keep me going.

Kathy Haynie said...

I wish I could listen to music while I write. I am so easily distracted! Maybe I should explore Pandora a bit...

Liz Johnson said...

This is a lot like my exercise playlist - it's all music that I don't want anybody else to hear for various reasons. Either it's embarrassing (Miley Cyrus) or it's full of profanity (Eminem) or it's just bad music (Ke$ha). And yet it being my dirty little secret is what makes exercising a teeny, tiny bit fun. :)

Timothy Browning said...

Yeah, I was never able to listen to pop when I wrote, more when I clean, but whatever works.

Bridget said...

Quiet-ish, soundtrack-y music has always been my go-to, until now. Something about the thesis work requires more energy and fun, I guess.

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