Muses for the ears.

I get asked a lot about what I listen to while I paint. I think this is a really interesting question because (and I think many artists would agree), what we listen to greatly affects the work we create. I can look back on paintings and remember exactly what I was listening to at what point in the painting. It's pretty wild.

Mostly I like audiobooks because of their ability to really take you away, deep into your imagination, and loose touch with reality. I also have a few music albums that have the ability to really take my mind away, which is usually what inspires my best art. I've listed a few of my favorites below if you are curious :)

Audiobooks:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read by Jim Dale) - my absolute most favorite book ever. 

The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman (read by Mark Bramhall)

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (read by Jim Dale)

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (read by Will Patton)

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (read by Davina Porter)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Read by my absolute favorite, Wil Wheaton) 

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (read by the author!)

The Martian by Andy Weir (read by R.C. Bray)

Any book written by Ben Bova (some of my favorite science fiction books!)

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (read by Kirby Heyborne and Cynthia Farrell)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (read by Fiona Hardingham and Steve West)

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Narrated by George Guidall)

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (read by Dan Bittner)

 

Music:

2112 by Rush 

Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers 

Audio Secrecy, House of Gold & Bones Part 1 & 2 by Stone Sour

This Is War by 30 Seconds to Mars

I-Empire by Angels & Airwaves

The Hunting Party by Linkin Park 

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (self-titled album) 

The Sufferer & The Witness by Rise Against 

Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan

The Best Of The Grateful Dead by The Grateful Dead