Music played while writing must complement the story, scene, overall emotions, etc. So I tend to favor heavy metal or alternative rock when I'm writing.
Music for cleaning needs to be loud and energetic - usually pop or 80's music.
The music I like to listen to while I'm working on genealogy is more mellow than my cleaning or writing music. I tend to choose classic rock, which is my favorite genre. It's what I grew up listening to, and what I prefer to this day. At the moment, I am working my way through some ancestors to the sound of the Steve Miller Band. I also love some Bob Seger, David Bowie, or Stevie Nicks for research "noise".
Sometimes I will listen to folk or New Age music as well, but the classic rock reminds me of my dad and family in general, since it is a part of my childhood.
What about you?
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