I almost always listen to music when I write. I do not want absolute quiet when I’m working. If there isn’t some background noise I can lose focus on what I’m doing. When there is something playing, I concentrate more. Not sure why, but that’s how it works for me.
While I know there are musicians and bands whose music has influenced my writing, I can’t say that any of the music I listened to while writing A Marble Heart influenced its final shape.
What I can say while looking over the following list is that these albums served as a distraction in more ways than one. It’s no fun to write about child abuse, and I guess I needed some music that I really enjoy to keep my spirits up.
So, here is an informal collection of albums I listened to throughout the writing of A Marble Heart (with tracks from those albums):
“Safe As Milk” by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
“Lazaretto” by Jack White
“Life After Death” by the Notorious BIG
“Loaded” by The Velvet Underground