…and I’m forever grateful.
I have a bit of an issue when it comes to my background tunes for reading and writing. When I sit down for a lengthy writing session or to unwind while reading my favorite magazine, a nerdy sociological text, or a great genre novel, I like background music. This, of course, is not anything all that different than many folks – however, the music cannot have vocals. When I listen to music with vocals, the lyrics sneak into my writing or reading and everything gets jumbled. Vocals while I write up a review like this or a standard length movie review aren’t as much the issue as when I sit down to write a lengthier tome on the social aspects of a film, the philosophical underpinnings of a particular song or album, how a piece of art impacts my relationship to my faith, or a defense of a brutal extreme horror movie. Those lengthier pieces are where vocal tracks impact my ability to focus.
Thus, good instrumental music is a must in my collection. Typically instrumental hip hop or indie rock does the trick best. And, on the indie rock side, I often have a bent towards the more progressive rock influenced side of instrumental music – bands like Unwed Sailor have graced these reading/writing playlists for years. However, I’m always on the hunt for more instrumental tunes to diversify my high focus work soundtrack.
Enter Spencer Elliott’s E3. Along with Sean Sydnor on bass and Chris Hudson on drums, Elliott brings his unique brand of acoustic guitar led progressive rock fusion in the form of 10 fantastic instrumental tracks.
While each track works on its own, it’s the 10 song album as a whole that really works perfectly as a cohesive album. While it is indeed a perfect backing track for my writing sessions and reading breaks, that’s not to say it’s just some elevator music that you can easily tune out. The album packs emotional ups and downs, melodic flow and big crescendos. One need not only put it on as something in the background, as it also easily serves as a fantastic album to lose yourself with – to float away in your chair, your bed, your hammock, or wherever you choose to listen.
If you like good acoustic guitar work, driving rhythm sections, progressive rock, indie rock, or instrumental tunes that you can use to focus while you hone your craft, Elliott’s E3 is for you.