1. Louise Behiel
    June 5, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    I love country music, but no twang please. yuck. Brad Paisley’s music is interesting. On the one hand he’s a total guy’s guy (the fishing song and Water proves that). on the other hand, he’s a total romantic (I couldn’t love you more). He has an interesting view of the world and is great fun in concert. good choices. i have music on almost all the time. puts me in the mood to write.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      June 5, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      I love twang-less country music, too, Louise. Along with just about every other kind of music there is. I have playlists where one song is by Dean Martin, and the next is Aerosmith. A classical/instrumental list has Ledo Shuffle right smack in the middle of relaxing music (no, I don’t know why).

      You are spot on about Brad Paisley…and he’s really cute, too. 🙂


  2. August McLaughlin
    June 4, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Lovely post on a lovely topic, Kristy! I love music so much that I can’t listen to it while writing (totally pulls me away ;)). But afterwards and in between, there’s no better creative juice, medicine or means of nostalgia.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      June 4, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

      Thanks, August. 🙂

      The only way I can listen to music while I’m writing is if I turn it down so low I can barely hear it. I usually use it to set the mood while I’m working a scene out in my head and, when I’m actually writing, I listen to nature sounds….waterfalls, waves washing up on shore, rain falling. Again, though, it has to be turned down low.


  3. Debra Kristi
    June 4, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Music is HUGE for me. It can transport me to a place, scene, time, what-have-you. Like smell, it’s locked in the recesses of our memory just waiting for a trigger or something to kick it into gear.

    That 3rd song was just funny to me for some reason. 😀


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      June 4, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

      You are so right! There are songs I hear once in awhile that my dad loved that bring him to mind so fast. I didn’t know until after he died that he was an Elton John fan, too. His favorite song was I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues. I always liked it but it makes me cry now. So when I listen to Mr. Dwight, I tend to go more with my favorites (think Philadelphia Freedom, lol).

      But there are others that bring back memories from growing up…family functions, my grandparents…and roller skating every Friday night. Sometimes when I’m missing those days, I’ll Google for music during specific years, find them, play them and remember.

      That third song has cracked me up since the first time I ever heard it. 🙂


  4. hmcmullin
    June 4, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I also love songs that tell a story – had just recently heard the Brad Paisley song and it is so touching. Another recent one I heard that brings a lump is September When It Comes, A duet with Roseann Cash and her father Johnny Cash recorded just before he died.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      June 4, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      I’ve never heard that song before but just watch a video of it on YouTube. That’s quite a song. Kind of haunting and sad. The video was sad, too, to see Johnny Cash looking so frail at the end. And he wasn’t that old either. But he was another singer who recorded good stories set to music. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂


  5. Natalie Hartford
    June 4, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I couldn’t agree more. Some music just moves us to great emotion…those are truly the most amazing songs!


  6. Emma
    June 4, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Hadn’t heard any of these before so thanks Kristy.


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