My taste in music is all over the place. I like just about everything. I used to like country music, but hardly listen to it anymore. My latest love is music from the 40's and 50's. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and Rosemarky Clooney are just some of my favorites. I also love all the big band stuff - Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw, just to name a few.
But I'm also enjoying American Idol alumni Chris Daughtry, and I love listening to Top 40 hits on Sirius radio. I'm also delighted that Sirius is turning their standards station into "Siriusly" Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra will host a few programs.
For me, music is integral to writing. If I put on a collection of World War II-era songs, it helps me truly capture the mood of my World War II novel. When I wrote my Regency historical, I listened to a lot of Mozart and Bach. When I was deep into my Northern Ireland novel, I listened to The Devil's Own soundtrack and a lot of Celtic music.
What about you? Can you write with music or does it distract you? And if you do write while listening to music, is there any particular artist or song that really puts you in the creative mood?