It's iPod Day: Celebrate the Joys of Music

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On October 23rd, 2001 Apple announced their newest product, the iPod. Since that day eleven years ago, over 350,000,000 ipods have reportedly made their way into the lives of the musically inclined.

Music is an essential part of daily life for a great many people. It feeds our soul, takes us to happy and calm places, transports us to other worlds of fantasy, stimulates our creativity or helps to feed our ire.

For me, my iPod is an essential part of my creative process. The moment those buds go into my ears, a flood of inspiration fills my head. I have lots of scrawled notes all over the house from moments that I’ve rushed to put the ideas down on paper before I forget them. More often than not, the flood stops as soon as the music does.

I listen to all kinds of music, a diverse range of genres from Heavy Metal to Classical. Black Sabbath to Bach. My most played albums are definitely my Linkin Park Collection. I’ve been listening to them for years now, and they’re responsible for most of my creative inspiration. For some reason I really connect with their sound and my mind just opens up.
If I want to relax or zone out, I always choose Sarah Brightman or more recently a fabulous album called “Music for the Zombie Apocalypse”. Lastly, and I say this somewhat awkwardly, when it’s time to do my housework it’s always got to be Taylor Swift. I have no idea why, but somehow her sweet warbling puts me in the mood for folding clothes and making beds! Nothing, absolutely nothing puts me in the mood for cleaning floors though.

So, that’s what’s on my iPod! What’s on yours? Does music inspire you to creativity? Does it make you want to wiggle at the most inappropriate of times? Let us know how music affects your lives.

~ Rosemary

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