At the moment I am listening to the enchanting sounds of Alice Coltrane.
As the bold bass line rolls in, accompanied by the exotic sound of the tanpura, it’s as if a key has been inserted in to the keyhole of inspiration and all I have to do is focus on the mood that the piece is brewing and the key will turn and open up the door to inspiration.
This is often the method I use to kick-start a writing session, although as I get in to the zone, I no longer hear the music , I’m just in the zone.
I am a lover of most genres of music but there is something about Jazz that seems to dig in to the creative places, especially instrumental jazz; without a lyrical theme to suggest how you should feel, you feel how the Jazz makes you feel.
Many psychologists agree that Jazz is the best music to listen to if you want to decrease stress while increasing hyperactive neural simulation.
Jazz may seem to some like a mess of instruments and melodies falling over each other but the brain is still working and is noting all the changes.
Psychologists believe that this subconscious mental workout helps to increase creativity.
So the next time you find yourself wrestling with writers block or drained from a hard day in the office, just throw on some Jazz!
Below is a list of 10 go-to instrumental Jazz songs you can use to stimulate the creative side of your brain!
- Spyro Gyro – After the Storm
- Brian Culbertson – Long Night Out
- Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda
- Billy Cobham – Heather
- Weather Report – A Remark You Made
- Kenny G – Songbird
- Gerald Albright & Norman Brown – 24/7
- Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Nica
- Chick Corea Elektric Band – One of Us is Over 40
- John Coltrane – Naima