According to research — whose, I don’t know — blog readers love lists. This is why you see so many “top 10” posts, and variations on the theme of “5 things I can’t live without.”
I’ll admit I love lists, too. Lists appeal to that logical, orderly part of my brain that needs structure. Without that part of my brain, I’d be off in some creative, imaginative world, floating around, spinning in circles, and never touching earth again.
Recently I visited Living Free and Making a Difference, an art, travel, and nature blog I enjoy reading. There, Mrs. Wayfarer had shared a “New Wave” playlist, songs she enjoyed listening to while painting. I knew at once that I would have to do the same. My playlist, however, isn’t New Wave, but classical.
A lot of folks are hesitant about classical music. It sounds stuffy. It’s boring. It’s intellectual. Right? Well, some of it can be, I’ll admit. But much of it is lush and lovely, rich with inspirations, and teeming with emotions.
I often turn on one of my Pandora stations or a Sirius classical station while I’m painting. At other times, especially if I’m seeking a specific emotion, I’ll choose a work from my CD collection.
Here, in no particular order, are a few classical favorites from my Painting Playlist.
Perhaps you are familiar with many of these. If so, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to enjoy listening. Or, maybe you’ve never become acquainted with classical music or aren’t familiar with these composers. In that case, I truly hope you’ll click a few links and give this music a chance to introduce itself to you and your life.