"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anaïs Nin

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Night Owl Music

"Ladybird" Stephanie McDowell

"Just dissapear. I care for you much too much.
And when you're near, close to me dear, we touch too much.
The thrill when we meet is so bittersweet that darling it's getting me down.
So on your mark, get set, get out of town."
- Get Out of Town, Cole Porter (1938)

I've always been a night owl. For me the hours between midnight and dawn mean uninterrupted peace and quiet. No distractions, nowhere to go, nothing to do but write. Just me, my laptop and my very naughty thoughts ;-} There's something acutely...sensual about the latest hours of the night. I can allow my imagination free reign - nothing is taboo or forbidden. Yes, I do my most productive writing in the late night.

Some writers prefer to create in complete silence, but I'm of the ilk who likes to have music playing softly in the background. Long ago I created a special night owl playlist. Every genre of music is welcome, the only requirement is that each song has to be emotionally evocative and provocative and not too 'boom boom.'  In these last few months, as I've become serious about finishing my wip for publication, my playlist has become an essential element in my creative process. When my brain is stuck sometimes a few bars of music or a stanza of lyrics gives me the push I need. Anyway, I think that, from time to time, I'll share a song with you for your playlist. Okay, back to work. Enjoy...

"Get Out of Town"
Holly Cole, live at the Bluenote

'Til we meet again,



  1. Great song. Holly Cole covering Cole Porter is one of my favourite things...along with Holly Cole covering Tom Waits. Her whole album Temptation is pure inspiration to me when I need to get started writing.

  2. Hi Lena,

    I've been a fan of Holly's for years. Besides 'Get Out of Town,' my favorite is 'Don't Smoke In Bed.' Going to iTunes right now to check out Temptation. Thanks ;-}