Drawing by Vickie Martin with musical references


Does listening to music help increase your creativity?  I believe the answer is a resounding yes! 

When you listen to music, it triggers the release of dopamine often referred to as the pleasure chemical.   You could say music makes our brains sing.  We humans have always loved that intangible thing called music.  You know, I think music just makes us feel good!

“Without music, life would be a mistake” Nietzsche

So, how does music affect us?

It helps us enter into that “mind wandering mode” – that daydreaming mode where you have thoughts that seem to float around and often seem unconnected.

Music helps us exercise. As far back at 1911, an American researcher Leonard Ayers found cyclists pedaled faster while listening to music.

Music tricks the brain into thinking you aren’t tired. Sound familiar?

Music makes people more productive. In fact, The American Medial Association has found surgeons work more accurately when music they like is playing.

Familiar music helps one focus. However, new music (new to you that is) demands too much attention – you will stop and listen because you aren’t sure what is coming next.

In noisy places, music is an escape.  In fact, managers should take note. Headphone are not that distracting, studies have found those listening to music complete their tasks faster.

Music makes repetitive tasks easier.

So, what kind of music should you listen to while creating?

First of all, lyrics are distracting. it activates the language part of your brain. So, instrumental music seems to be the winner here.

Classical music has been shown to improve concentration

Everyone is different, Stephen King likes to listen to hard rock while writing.

There is a lot of research out there about the effects of music on our brain. In short, it does have an effect on our moods.  It makes us move. It inspires us.

So, turn up the music, find what inspires you to create and go for it!

What works for you?

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BLUE NOTE ©Vickiemartin




  1. Elda

    Music definitely fills my soul. I love how it brings back certain memories of the first time I heard the song or maybe during a special moment. And yes, music is a must have for productivity for me. Ever since I can remember, I have had a fondness for music!

  2. vickiemartin Post author

    I’m glad it resonated with you! it was fun researching this!

  3. Deborah Weber

    Love your art pieces Vickie! While I’m a pretty eclectic music listener in general, I actually find I don’t listen very often when I’m in my studio. But if I do, it’s usually chanting or kirtan.

  4. Liesl Garner | Love.Sparks.Art

    Ah yes! Music fills our home. I love that we live in the era of Pandora, where we can just type in what we feel like listening to and have a ready-made station of our choice. We can listen to classical, or belly-dance drum music or Irish Pub Music or kid’s classics with Peter, Paul and Mommy. Absolutely – love this!!

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