Sketching my way through crisis: Music to keep you inspired in dark times

Sketching my way through crisis: Music to keep you inspired in dark times

My studio is in our house, and when I am alone, I blast my Spotify “Fun Songs” playlist, includes girl-pop bands like the Sugababes and Girls Aloud. I stand when I paint, and this happy music really gets me moving and helps me not take my painting too seriously. I sometimes take breaks and dance around with my dog, Charlie.

Since the covid-19 outbreak, I’ve been listening to female opera singers. Anna Netrebkko and Simone Kermes are two favorites. Their voices just penetrate to my heart. …

When I write, I cannot listen to anything with words (except opera), so I mostly listen to classical and Baroque cello. …

Deborah Velasquez is an award-winning artist, designer and the author of “Drawing in Black and White.” She says, “I listen to music when I create; it keeps me company. I feel as if a friend is in the studio with me.” In her studio, Deborah likes to play Nina Simone, whether she is painting, printmaking or drawing. “It is as if from melancholy I create joy. Her music calms me and keeps me in flow.” …

By Gayle Kabaker, The Washington Post

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