I know music is really important for a lot of writers and they make playlists to map their books, or need to listen to certain songs or albums to write certain scenes.
I can't listen to music while I write. Well, not music with lyrics in English. I can listen to classical music, or jazz or stuff like Sigur Ros that have lyrics I can't understand, but anything else distracts me. And that's proving a problem with my new book because it is about music.
I have numerous songs that have inspired me and musicians whose signature styles are informing my characters, but I can't listen to this stuff while I'm writing. I've put together a playlist of songs that are templates for the ones the band in my book play, and have a very definite idea of the style and tone of the songs the guitarist writes as opposed to the one the singer writes.
I've been listening obsessively to this playlist when I'm not writing, and certain songs have been trapped in my head for days. But I can't listen to them while I'm writing.
Do you listen to music while you write? Do the lyrics distract you?