Few things influence me like sounds.
Summer at night is warm in Utah. We live at 4,500 feet above sea level in a desert climate. Not a lot of bit bugs up here - just crickets. I love being outside in the music of the late night. Crickets are constant. The wind ruffling aspen leaves, the occasional car passing, or our backyard swing's faint creak when the wind rocks it gently - all combine to create a mood: reverence.
At this very moment I'm in "the barn" writing
A faint unrecognizable radio is playing some kind of bluegrass-country-folk music. It sounds familiar but I'm sure I've never heard it. The sound of my fingers punching at the keys on my laptop and the swamp cooler blowing cool air. It's rhythmic.
As an emcee at dozens of events worldwide I've watched music transform the mood of thousands of people in an instant
How amazing it would be to have created a song like "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. The reaction to a song like this is universal - in audiences of almost any age group. The best part is that the message is transcendent, unifying. It draws in the crowd and gets people singing loud together - each person taking "a midnight train going anywhere" in their heart.
I'm inspired by the power music can have. For me I love the song "Por Ti Volare" sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. It's english title "Time to Say Goodbye" tells me not to waste time on things that don't matter. It ALWAYS puts me in a state of wanting to be better. I highly recommend Andrea Bocelli be added to your playlist - he is on mine.