I recently read an amazing book by a dear friend, “Untitled” By Blaine Hogan, which is a splendid book for creatives.
In the book, Hogan talks about a creative inspiration method called SCRATCHING.
SCRATCHING :: “An act best done as a routine, designed to gather and collect small ideas to be used at a later date.”
He goes on to describe that he often times he compiles “mood playlists” or “scratching piles” in his iTunes library. He grabs a pen and begins to jot down and write what comes to his mind as he plays the music.
(You can read his book here.)
Oddly enough, I’ve been doing this for years now. I just never knew what to call it.
I remember when it came time to write a really great, inspirational feature story or review in college that I would grab a few songs and crank the music full blast (much to the dismay of my sister, she never did understand Sigur Ros.)
So whether you are stuck, need some inspirational tunes … or simply just love music …
Here is a mix for you to go.
1. Life in Technicolor II :: Coldplay
2. Ready to Start :: Arcade Fire
3. Mirador :: Efterklang
4. I Believe In Your Victory :: This Will Destroy You
5. In The Dirt :: S. Carey
6. Snow And Lights :: Explosions in the Sky
7. Woods :: Bon Iver
8. Staralfur :: Sigur Ros
9. Fix You :: Coldplay
10. Your Hand in Mine (w/ strings) :: Explosions in the Sky
11. Stars in Still Water - Live :: Jonsi
(p.s. Let me know if the link/files work)