A Playlist for Creating

danielle ayers jones, freelance writer, creativity, creative mama, workspace

When it's time for me to write, edit photos, or design a logo, I find music propels me forward in the creation process.

But not just any music. For me, this isn't the time for U2, Coldplay, or actually anything with lyrics.

I tend towards soothing instrumental music that doesn't compete with my thought process. I find that no music can be distracting; I notice every little noise. But I need the right kind of music for my particular creative project.

Anyone with me?

Do you gravitate towards certain artists or styles when you have something creative to accomplish? Do you like high energy or low? Care to share a few of your favorites?

I find I almost exclusively turn towards soundtracks. Today I'm sharing the tracks I pull up when I have an article to write or photos to crank out:

El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time In Between)
Okay, I know I've already raved about this miniseries. But now I've bought the music and it's newest edition to my creative playlist. A few favorite tracks are Tema de Sira, Al Borde del Abismo, En Marruecos, to name a few.

Mansfield Park Soundtrack
Whatever you thought of this somewhat controversial adaptation of Mansfield Park, the soundtrack is stellar. Some great and interesting pieces here. Some favorite ones are Through the Rain, Glass, I Don't Know You.

North and South Title Theme
I love this theme so much, I wish the soaring melody lasted just a bit longer.

Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack
While I may be a firm believer the six-hour BBC version of the movie is the best, I still enjoy certain qualities of this version, the music being one of them. Liz on Top of the World is just gorgeous and Your Hands Are Cold is another favorite.

The Piano
This music is hauntingly tragic and I love it, but particularly find it suited for a grey drizzly or rainy day. I don't know why, but that's when I usually like to play it. To the Edge of the Earth, Big My Secret, and A Wild Distant Shore are my favorites. The themes play off each other throughout the whole album and I find it great to work to.

How about you?

What I'm Into Right Now (May 2017)


The theme of my media consumption this past month is heavy and weighty. I delved into some important topics that were not pleasant. One, more historical in nature, and another closer to home. But I also have some fun recommendations sprinkled in-between the more dense topics I explored.

One of my more light and delightful enjoyments was listening to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Oh my goodness this audiobook was just SO FUN! Anne Bogel's review on Goodreads described it as "Harry Potter meets National Treasure" and I couldn't agree more. If you love mysteries, books, and bookstores, this one is for you!

Last month I swooned over The Time In Between on Netflix. It was such a good mini series! I also loved the music which led me to purchase the soundtrack. I've been playing it a lot, it is so beautiful.

So now we delve into the heavy.

The Keepers have been getting a lot of press and Josh and I just finished it last night. This series is not entertaining, it is heartbreaking. Yet it is a worthy and important watch. I think anyone in the Baltimore area owes it to themselves to watch it and be aware of past history that still impacts people today.

The story centers on the unsolved mystery of a young Baltimore nun. It also centers on the sexual abuse of women who were once high school students at a local Catholic high school. This I knew going into the show, but I was unprepared for the horrifically graphic detail some of the victims described of sexual and spiritual abuse in a few of the episodes. It was truly disturbing. However, the documentary does not present this material in anyway that is titillating. The hope is instead justice and education.

I felt like it was important as a parent to hear from the victims themselves as well to have a better idea of how a predator uses manipulation to control and intimidate. While all of this may have happened in the past, there are legal issues even today that are impacted by it. I hope now that the documentary has release there will be a break in the case or someone will come forward to give these people the closure and justice they deserve, if possible.

I am reading The Dry, which is my kickoff to summer reading fun. It was recommended in this year's Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide and sounded good. So far, I'm enjoying it.

The other book I just finished was the story of Alice Seeley Harris in the book, Don't Call Me Lady. You've probably heard of William Wilberforce, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass. You've probably not heard of Alice Seeley Harris. However, it was through the lens of her camera that she confronted the rubber trade in the Congo and eventually brought down Belgian King Leopold's hold over that country.

I confess I knew almost nothing of the atrocities of the rubber trade, which mutilated, maimed, and murdered the indigenous people of Congo for the harvest of rubber under the rule of Belgian King Leopold. And I found Alice a fascinating individual. A woman of bravery who cared greatly for the people of Congo, yet, left her own children to be cared for years by other people. The tensions in her life show the struggles of the time period for women. 

The only thing I didn't care for in the book was the switching back and forth as to who was narrating. Sometimes that works, but in this case it was distracting and clunky.

That didn't take away from the true story, however.

To find out more check out this video about a recent exhibition of her photography in Liverpool

The weather has been soooo dreary but we've still been firing up the grill! We love these Rosemary Ranch grilled chicken and over the weekend I made this Creamy Crouton Summer Salad. My new favorite kale salad is this one that I've already made twice! And this shrimp recipe is a healthier take on Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp.

What are you into right now?