Many people love to listen to music when they work. I have never met a single person who said they don’t like music. That is tantamount to saying I don’t like hearing. Although some folks are musical connoisseurs or better said audiophiles, there are many who merely wish to have a background track to their life.
While engaged in the creative process music can invigorate their thoughts and even movements. A painter can move in rhythm brushstrokes or be sedated and soothed by sounds that lend to a lighter application of paint.
I went through all the mediums of delivery of music: albums, tapes , CDs, iPod …but when YouTube came along I found my bliss. What I love about YouTube …wait time for Full Disclosure: I am not an employee and/or do not receive compensation for writing about or promoting in any way shape or form YouTube or it’s parent company Google. I do own Google stock which I purchased many years ago. I do believe they make great products but I am not convinced they are not evil.
Okay now that that is out of the way – let me expound on my thought about how awesome YouTube is as a music delivery system for my creative process. I love that I can build playlist and let them roll in order or randomly. I also love that you can find a billion versions of the same song not necessarily produced by the original artist. Not only did I find one of my favorite Budgie songs – I found a recording of Van Halen playing it at a party before they were famous. Kabam! two birds with one stone.Rare Budgie with rare never released Van Halen music. Additionally you might even find a version by some kid or an undiscovered musician who only plays in his garage.
Also soundtracks or personal recordings/bootleg it’s all here. So without further adieu her are some of my favorites. Remember you can play one video and YouTube will roll onto music or audio interviews by the same artist and then hit a tangent and continue with other artists …much like Spotify.
For this article we are focusing on my favorite soundtracks. I love haunting music- no surprise as many times I am painting horrific scenes of war and torture. Planet of the Apes the original Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith for the 1968 film: hands down one of the greatest Science Fiction Films ever. Forget the remakes. Below is the first selection the entire soundtrack is here – it starts off with the 20th Century Fox Fanfare and then goes through the whole soundtrack. Just click this video and they will all play in succession:
Next up! The Hunger soundtrack. This movie was one of the best vampire films ever starring the late David Bowie. From Lakme to Bach this soundtrack has it all. It also contains weird screechy sounds that are down right creepy. The Classical music is enough to bring tears to your eyes. I have made countless paintings to this music. I was painting a model years ago and played this music. While I painted she began to weep. It really is that good. Again play the first and the rest will roll through the whole soundtrack.
Number three another Vampire film. This has a cover of The Doors People are Strange by Echo and the Bunnymen as well as Elton John’s Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Roger Daltry. The pièce de ré·sis·tance is Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMahon.
The next two soundtracks I had made into a mix tape in the late 80’s. I lived in New York City and worked for artist Tishan Hsu. One day I brought the tape to his studio, like me, he became obsessed with it and played it over and over again. When it came time to part ways I gave the tape he told me he played until it broke. The tape was comprised of the A sides from the Soundtrack of Blue Velvet and Betty Blue. I don’t know if it was the word blue or just that both films were about twisted love and crazy people. Love Letters by Ketty Lester and Roy Orbison’s In Dreams are epic on the Blue Velvet soundtrack:
Here is the Betty Blue.This has to be the loneliest of them all. Perfect for placing you in a creative zone.
I could go on and on but that is my top picks and to this day I listen to them while painting. In closing if you haven;t seen these movies – you should!