In high school I wrote a fantasy novel while continuously replaying a cassette tape of Buju Banton, a reggae artist, the first reggae I ever heard. Not surprising as a white Mainer during the mid-1990's. I don't often listen to reggae nowadays (not Banton especially, who it turns out was singing in one song about beating gay men, which to anyone should be distasteful), though I found reggae to be great background noise with lyrics I hardly understood, but an energy that kept me cranking out the words.
And now? I'm listening to the album Muppets: The Green Album. Funny how I know all the songs, already. Isn't nostalgia (a bitch) great.
What are you listening to, then? What are you writing?