Like a lot of writers, I sometimes listen to music while I’m writing — it inspires, it influences, and sometimes it’s just background noise. Yesterday, I listened to Esperanza Spalding, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Janet Jackson and Simon and Garfunkel. From this compilation, I was inspired while I wrote a love scene and a scene where the leads were in a fair amount of danger.
I use Spotify for my music. I like it because I choose what I want to hear when I want to hear it. Another author, Tracy Ames, mentioned a site called Stereomood, which organizes playlists based on mood/activity. Imagine that!