There are certain programs I absolutely love to listen to on CBC Radio - Tom Power's Radio 2 Morning and Deep Roots, Rich Terfry's Drive, Tim Tamashiro's Tonic, Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap, Tom Allen's Shift and Stuart McLean's Vinyl Café. Not only do I love the music, but I love the stories, too.
But, when I'm not listening to CBC, I find that I need calm, fairly steady music to paint to as it really influences how I work, both the speed and the energy that goes into my paintings. Occasionally I listen to Julie Nesrallah's Tempo but find that classical music, unless it's a certain soundtrack or something like Vivaldi, fluctuates too much between loud & quiet and slow & fast which wreaks havoc with my working tempo.
There are certain jazz musicians whom I've been drawn to for the spirit of their music - Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis - though I usually tend to gravitate to the pile of music above for my inspiration...it's also very soothing to me:
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
Royal Wood - We Were Born to Glory (can't wait to see him live in February!)
Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
Melody Gardot - The Absence
Loreena McKennitt - Parallel Dreams
Michael Buble - It's Time
Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams
Jazz Signatures (a Starbucks compilation)
Hozier (it's in the stereo)
I also like Bastille, Daughter and Ed Sheeran among others but those I listen to on 8tracks (yes, I am of this era).
AIRdirondack Art Project