Playlist for Inspiration, Innovation, and Creativity   Leave a comment

I have to confess I have a crush on the cello.  Something magical happens in my brain when I hear notes humming from those massive instruments.  Depending on the piece, the cello can be mournful, playful, or straight up sexy.  Music in general, not just the cello, can put me in an introspective place or pour a creative spell over me.  The piece above put me in sort of a reflective yet restful mood.  When Alialujah Choir marries the Portland Cello Project with its roots folk music, they blend seamlessly to create a reflective, trance-like piece.  Listening to it made me want to spend some time alone with my watercolors oddly enough.   So this got me to pondering why some songs help us reflect and others wake up our creative side.

Studies in neuroscience explain what many of us feel when listening to specific songs.  “Our results show for the first time how different musical features activate emotional, motor and creative areas of the brain,” says Prof. Petri Toiviainen from the University of Jyväskylä.  Certain tones, timbres and rhythms stimulate neural processing in specific areas of the brain.  You can read more at

So next time you need to get crackin’ and need a bit of inspiration, think about creating a specific playlist.  Let me know what you listen to as you cook up new ideas,  reflect and “re-imagine”.  With this in mind, I’ll leave you with a suggestion for that playlist:  Yo-Yo Ma performing the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.




Posted April 17, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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