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When Ya Just Gotta Sing!

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   28 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth · Uncategorized

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Over the Easter weekend, the hubster and I traveled to Virginia to visit family. We had a wonderful visit, and I was reminded both why I love all of those people so much, and how lucky I am to be loved by them in return. The only bad part of the trip was the inevitable goodbye.

It was a six hour trip up, and two days later, six hours back home again. Since I have so much writing work on my plate, I opted to use the time caressing the keys of my laptop. Hubby understood why I needed to use the time working, and asked if music would bother me. I said I didn’t think it would, and so he cranked up Pandora and settled in to drive while I tap-tapped the keys.

Now, some writers use music to inspire them while they’re writing. I know several who can’t begin until the earbuds are in and their favorite tunes are rolling. Not me. I prefer quiet when I write. I like the empty solitude without distractions. But in deference to my man and his need to, one, stay awake, and two, have some entertainment along the way, I figured I’d give it a go.

Epic. Fail.

To begin with, my hubby loves to tease me, and at odd intervals he made a popping sound with his mouth a la Donkey in Shrek 2, the scene where Donkey is bored on a trip. Here it is, in case you never saw it:

Lest you think my husband to be a dirty, rotten scoundrel for being such an itch, it must be said that he didn’t do this continuously, just enough to make me laugh. But honestly, his shenanigans weren’t the problem. It was the songs: Please Come to Boston, Angie, Where Do the Children Play, It’s Too Late, You’re So Vain, Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover, Dancing in the Moonlight—you get the drift. (Well, if you’re of a certain age you get the drift.) Anyway, you can guess what happened. My feet began tapping instead of my fingers, and pretty soon I was singing along with Carly and Carole, Mick and Cat. When the Eagles started warbling about taking it easy, well, I was done. How could I not sing along?

So, I didn’t get much work done. But I did get to watch my hubby do a fine impression of Donkey (always a plus), and I exercised my vocal cords and perfected my seat dancing. Couple that with two-and-a-half days of hugs, smoochies, great conversation, and fun with the little kids, and it made for a fantastic trip.

Except for the goodbyes.  The goodbyes, Buttercup—well, those really suck.

How do you entertain yourself on a road trip? What songs do you absolutely HAVE to sing along to? And if you’re a writer, do you write with the music on or off?

See you on Friday for Observations from the Tub!

Enjoy your Wednesday, and thanks for dropping in–

28 Responses to "When Ya Just Gotta Sing!"

  1. Comment by Sioux
    April 8, 2015 at 6:27 am  

    Lisa–I am sooo with you. I love music, and love to drive with loud music (when I’m driving) but when I write, I prefer silence or smooth, instrumental jazz. Once a vocalist enters the picture, I’m distracted and done.

    What music compels me to sing along? Anything by Cat Stevens, Carol King, James Taylor, Earth Wind and Fire, Simon and Garfunkle, most disco, most funk, Ashford and Simpson, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, the soundtrack to Phantom of the Opera… well, I could go on and on (and did–sorry).

    When I am riding and not driving, and hubby and I are on a long road trip, I entertain myself by napping, reading, napping, knitting and napping. Michael prefers either talk radio or (horrors!) the radio left off when he drives, and I’m quite happy turning it into my own personal snoozefest. (That way, I can’t see how fast he’s driving. 😉

    I’m glad you had a lovely holiday. From the gazillion books of yours that are getting published, I think you’ll be okay with an unproductive road trip. (Are you working on any cat or dog stories for CS, or are you too busy with your multiple book deal?)

    And having a husband who can pop like a donkey… You are one lucky lady. 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm  

      We have similar taste in music, Sioux. Brilliant minds, and all that. 🙂 And the Donkey thing. Yeah. Total turn on. 😉 I know CS has some new titles and I do need to get over there, but yes, the books are keeping my plate full. A good problem have, as my critique partner often reminds me.

  2. Comment by Terry Lynn Thomas
    April 8, 2015 at 6:36 am  

    Road trip sing-alongs put a smile on my face! I also like audio books, but then I am a goober.
    Happy Wednesday.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm  

      We didn’t sing once! But we could have. Next time, travel buddy. 🙂

  3. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    April 8, 2015 at 9:12 am  

    Oh, come on–you know we share writing genes: I must have silence when I’m writing.

    Mister Man, however, works best with rock ‘n roll blasting. And we don’t drive anywhere that music doesn’t accompany us–and my singing. Really, really loud. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:24 pm  

      Your hubby must love your in-car vocals or he’d find excuses to keep the music off. Any I’ve heard you sing—you have a lovely voice!

  4. Comment by Rob
    April 8, 2015 at 9:51 am  

    I need total silence myself.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:24 pm  

      Mm-hmm. (Working it. :))

  5. Comment by Claudia
    April 8, 2015 at 11:38 am  

    Glad you had a great Easter. Music…I have written with it and without it. Sometimes it helps. I do know I can’t go to sleep with vocals on because I start signing in the night.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:26 pm  

      Yes, it’s the vocals that get me, too. I can handle the instrumental stuff, but the vocals get me really singing along.

  6. Comment by Leigh Lee
    April 8, 2015 at 11:58 am  

    My daughter is here from Scotland because she has to renew her visa. On Monday we had to go to Charleston for that. As kids whenever I took them for a road trip, I would put on Foot Loose to mark the beginning of the trip. It had been years, I mean YEARS, since she and I enjoyed a road trip together and I almost forgot the main ingredient, the CD. As we pulled on to the highway. Foot Loose was blasting through the speakers!! YEAH! Some traditions never die.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm  

      Ah, Footloose! As traditions go, Leigh, that’s a good one!

  7. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    April 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm  

    Definitely silence when it comes to writing. There’s a CD called Balance that’s all musical which will put me in the mood of a certain kind of writing and I’ll listen to that if hubby has the TV on which is distracting as well. I would sing along if in a car… ah, that’s fun.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:28 pm  

      I love singing in the car with my youngest daughter because the whole vehicle shakes. We’re pretty enthusiastic. lol

  8. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    April 8, 2015 at 7:31 pm  

    I’m not a writer and I love music but when I was still working the only music I could tolerate was the local classical station turned very low. Hubby and I do listen to music during road trips as well as talk radio.

    At home he loves to listen to music but it can drive me nuts if I’m trying to read a book or concentrate on something while using my computer. I didn’t complain a bit when spent $$$ on a good set of headphones. LOL

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful Easter. I love going back home and visiting with family and friends. Even if I’m ready to leave saying goodbye is still hard.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm  

      What type of headphones? Did you get the noise canceling ones? Do they work? Lots of questions. Oops.

      • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
        April 16, 2015 at 12:31 am  

        No, they aren’t noise cancelling. The brand name is Sony. Hubby bought them based on reviews he read for their quality when listening to music. For me they are noise cancelling because I don’t have to listen to his music turned up so loud I can’t think! LOL

  9. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    April 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm  

    I wish I was one of those writers who could work to music, but I’m with you. I need it quiet. I’m getting pretty good at tuning out my kids because they’re never fully quiet, but I doubt I could ignore a donkey impression either. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm  

      You/kids, me/Donkey. We all have life’s little challenges, don’t we? lol

  10. Comment by Marguerite Broussard
    April 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm  

    I have a favorite CD I listen to. (Ok – no laughing). It is from Cinderella On Ice. I took my youngest son to see it when he was about 10. Or maybe it was 8? Anyway, the music is awesome and gets me in the groove. My husband & I listen to a lot of country when we travel and some oldies when we can get our radio tuned just right.

    P.S. I loved the visit too Sissy…..and you are so right – the goodbyes are the worst.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm  

      Don’t ever apologize for loving Cinderella. She took over a kingdom with a shoe! 🙂

  11. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    April 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm  

    I wish I could be one of those writers who can write to music, but when I’m writing, I need total quiet. Otherwise, I get too distracted. As for favorite songs, ditto all the ones you mentioned, plus I love anything by Bon Jovi, Train, Nickelback — ahh, there are so many, as well as quite a few current hits. So glad you had a good Easter, Lisa. And sometimes, that time away from our writing lets us come back to it refreshed.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:32 pm  

      I forgot about Bon Jovi – I’m a fan also. What genre I listen to is mostly dependent on my mood. Right now the CDs in my car are Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Undersood, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, and Journey. Kind of all over the place, I guess!

  12. Comment by Karen Lange
    April 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm  

    Glad you had a good trip! I don’t think I would have gotten much work done either. My husband and I will listen to an audio book when we travel sometimes.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm  

      I confess I’ve never listened to an audio book. I’ve had several people insist that I do, so I shall. I’m expecting to be hooked.

  13. Comment by Pat
    April 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm  

    I’m impressed that you can write in a moving car! It makes me car sick. As for music while I write, no dice. I become too distracted. The only time music works for me is for “mood”, i.e. Civil War music for a Civil War era piece, etc.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm  

      The moving car didn’t make me sick, but every time we hit a bump my sensitive laptop would do something hinky. I hope I caught everything it did!

  14. Comment by Tammy
    April 20, 2015 at 6:33 pm  

    Great question, but I’m with the others. Silence while writing but cranked (loudly) on road trips! Glad you had a nice Easter!

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