More and more these days, I sit in silence as I write and create. It feels honest, and it improves the precision and pace of my focus. But sometimes I desire a muse, particularly when working on visual projects. On those days, I enjoy listening to a variety of instrumental musicians I’ve come to love over the years.
- Ludovico Einaudi. I first fell in love with pianist Ludovico Einaudi‘s minimalist compositions a decade ago when I was in college. His sound is at times reflective and others optimistic. Last summer, Ludovico collaborated with Greenpeace on a live performance of his song Elegy for the Arctic. The song itself is gorgeous, the video is awakening.
- Garth Stevenson. A number of years ago, I discovered double bassist Garth Stevenson in an issue of Yoga Journal. I was intrigued by how he performed and improvised live during yoga classes, and how his album Flying was designed to support the yogic experience. His music has an introspective and meditative quality that I appreciate.
- Helios. Last year, I asked Google for recommendations on “indie instrumental music,” and it gave me a Reddit feed that referenced Helios‘ album Eingya. His ambient, electronica sound was perfect for feeling focused and inspired while writing.
- Emancipator. It’s only been a week or so since I discovered Emancipator. His sound feels like a dreamy blend of Garth Stevenson and Helios, but there’s also something about it that reminds me of an instrumental Japanese album I bought at Epcot back in college.
- Takénobu. A friend recently shared the music of cellist Takénobu with me. His sound is both gentle and rich, sometimes even playful. I’m looking forward to exploring more of his albums.
- Zoë Keating. This same friend also shared the music of cellist Zoë Keating with me. Her sound is similar to that of Takénobu, but maybe a bit more dramatic and curious.
- Lindsey Stirling. Another friend introduced me to violinist Lindsey Stirling a couple years ago. Her unique blend of classical music with electronic dubstep beats makes for an invigorating and inspiring accompaniment to more visual projects.
Who are your favorite musicians to listen to while writing or creating?