In this week's video I talk all about how music can inspire your creativity. One of the things that I am really loving about this project, is that as I dig deeper, I'm finding that most of the discoveries about creativity that I'm making in my daily life have a scientific backing to them. For example, I've always intuitively suspected that music can be a gateway for allowing us to tap into a state of creative flow, and sure enough, scientific research has come up with the same conclusion.
Neuroscience has found that when we listen to music, our brain enters into what is known as as "mind-wandering mode" or a "dreamlike state" (1) (2). This is also the state that our brain enters into when we embark on creative work. So it comes as no surprise that a lot of us put on those tunes when we want to tap into that awesome space of creative flow.
I'm going to keep today's post short and sweet! If you want to read more about the neurosciency side of things, check out the two articles below. I found them to be incredibly helpful and informative for learning more about what goes on with our brain & our creativity when we listen to music.
* "Here's Proof Music Can Do More Than Just Make You Feel Good" - The Huffington Post
* "Music's Influence on Creativity" - How Design
Also, if you want to watch the YouTube video that accompanies this post, click here.
And as promised in the title, this post/video comes with a little gift!
I’m sharing a personal playlist that I’ve created on Spotify that includes all of my favorite songs for finding inspiration and getting into a state of peak creative flow. This music is great for writing, studying or if you’re experiencing any type of creative block. All of this music is instrumental (which I’ve found works best when I want to tap into a state of creative focus).
Some of these songs are quite personal. One is from one my favorite theatre productions that I was ever a part of. Another one is from La La Land (which is a recent fave film of mine=)) This is an ongoing playlist and I’m always adding new music to it!