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a soundtrack for creating.

I thought it’d be fun to share what I listen to when I’m creating! Sometimes I prefer to work in silence, but often I like to enhance my imagination by listening to soothing but fun music.

In college I got in the habit of listening to Jack Johnson when I was doing my art assignments, and I’ve stuck with him over the years. I tend to listen to mellow, whimsical music to get me in a good, creative mindset. My favorite artists to listen to their entire albums during creative-time are Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay, so you’ll notice that they appear frequently in my playlist!

Here’s my current playlist (and I just put it on repeat), some of them have been on it for years now:

Lego House– Ed Sheeran
Kiss Me– Ed Sheeran
Atlas Hands- Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Arms– Christina Perri
Miles– Christina Perri
Mary’s Song– Taylor Swift
Treacherous– Taylor Swift
Begin Again– Taylor Swift
Silver Lining– Kacey Musgraves
Dandelion– Kacey Musgraves
I Miss You– Kacey Musgraves
Back On The Map– Kacey Musgraves
Somebody’s Heartbreak– Hunter Hayes
Barely Love You Too– Frank + Derol
Do You Think About Me– Carrie Underwood
Us Against The World– Coldplay
Amen– Love and Theft
Never Had– Oscar Isaac (from the 10 Years soundtrack)
Wagon Wheel– Darius Rucker
Don’t Rush– Kelly Clarkson
Little Bit of Everything– Keith Urban
Sitting on the dock of the Bay– Otis Redding
Swallowed in the Sea– Coldplay
God Only Knows– The Beach Boys
You Really Got A Hold on Me– She & Him
Windows are Rolled Down– Amos Lee
If This Was A Movie– Taylor Swift
If You’re Gone– Matchbox 20
Back To You– John Mayer
Ships in the Night– Mat Kearney
Come Back… Be Here– Taylor Swift
For Emma– Bon Iver
Something Beautiful– Needtobreathe
Stolen– Dashboard Confessional
The One That Got Away– Katy Perry
Paradise– Coldplay
Get To Me– Train
Your Song– Elton John
The Night Before (Life Goes On)– Carrie Underwood
Warning Sign– Coldplay
In My Place– Coldplay
The Hardest Part– Coldplay
Comfortable– John Mayer
Faithfully– Journey
Jack and Diane– John Mellencamp
Free– Zac Brown Band
You and Your Heart– Jack Johnson
Better Together– Jack Johnson
Never Know– Jack Johnson
Banana Pancakes– Jack Johnson
Good People– Jack Johnson
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing– Jack Johnson
Times Like These– Jack Johnson
Taylor- Jack Johnson
Upside Down– Jack Johnson
Broken– Jack Johnson
If I Had Eyes- Jack Johnson


I listen to all this when I’m not creating as well. Love singer-songwriters. Any suggestions for me to add to my music collection? :)

xo, Michelle


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