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


  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlalmost 2 years ago

    Rosemary, I totally agree with you. Music has a way of creating some (I’ll be bold and say genius… lol) brainwaves and some amazing avenues to our creative talents. I took classic piano lessons for 9 years and still can feel completely moved by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” – usually creating something a bit dark. I come from a long line of people that could pick up any instrument and play it by ear (banjos, pianos, guitars, ukeleles) – sadly, I had to take lessons lol.

    Like you…. I can relate with Linkin Park, also Smashing Pumpkins, MC Yogi, NiN, … and all generes, I love Rap and World music one day, then I’ll jump from Reggae to New Age and then onto Electronic and the funky groovy sounds of another. Music is always there. I can always count on it to help inspire me, to get me through a race or run, to help me access my emotions – from elation to sadness. As Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”. Rock on sister! ;)

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    I agree that music does stimulate creativity. Though I must admit I use my iPhone more for portable web browsing and notes – I keep it by my bedside, and when I can’t sleep I note things down which later turn into my poetry.

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    Lol, I don’t own and have never used an iPod! Music of almost any type certainly sparks creative ideas but, when I work, it’s in total silence. If there is anything other than the ordinary day-to-day noises around me, even the music which originally sparked the piece, I get terribly distracted and lose my train of thought.

  • berndt2
    berndt2almost 2 years ago

    There is absolutely no way on Earth I would allow the full contents of my ipod library to fall into the hands of others, as it would discredit me immediately. However, I do have Linkin Park and Sarah Brightman and (yes, as a 30+yr old man) one (1) Taylor Swift song. Music is an absolute constant in my life. I have my iPod headphones on me from pretty much the moment I walk out of the house, on the train, at work, walking at lunch, and getting home again. I love film soundtracks, and I love examples of pretty much every genre. And I love going traveling and picking up random CDs in languages I can’t understand. I have literally walked down a street in Tokyo and heard a song coming from a shop and gone “Hey, that’s Ayumi Hamasaki – I bought her album last time I was here”. I let music shape my mood, and I let my mood requirements dictate my choice of music at times…..