6 Ways to Enjoy NRW!
I know, I know. When is a bad time to enjoy music from NRW? Funerals? Even that’s debatable. You don't need me to tell you how to enjoy music, but I’ve broken down the six ways that I enjoy the music from this scene. Writing: I’m a writer
Funerals? Even that’s debatable. You don’t need me to tell you how to enjoy music, but I’ve broken down the six ways that I enjoy the
music from this scene.
for NRW, teaching, or writing songs for my band (I’m a busy man!), I’m writing
fiction. The fiction I write tends to have a slight science fiction angle. NRW
compliments that perfectly and really helps with fleshing out a story or world
building. The focus on digital sound and atmosphere help set the mood for not
just speculative fiction, but really any kind of writing.
length during either dawn or dusk hours, I strongly recommend making yourself a
nice little playlist of retrowave to accompany you. If you’ve just downed a
tall cup of the blackest of Twin-Peaks-inspired coffee and climbed into your
commuter cockpit, the sounds will soothe you as you drive to your (hopefully
not soul-crushing) job.
your job requires you to do tedious actions over and over again while you think
about your dreams and regrets. While I adore my day job as a teacher, grading
can get a little grating (see what I did there?). When it’s just me and a pile of worksheets or
essays, some smooth background music is just what I need to feel inspired and
keep going. Sometimes I use NRW music as a timepiece. Try doing a certain
required task for the duration of an EP or full length album before taking a
short break. NRW at work may apply if
you’re a DJ, but that’s a whole other business entirely.
I get seriously down to some NRW. If you even remotely enjoy dancing by
yourself, give it a spin with this. You’ll find your shoulders and hips moving
much more naturally than you’d expect. Since you’re alone, you don’t have to
worry about looking like a goofball in front of anyone, and the music has a
tempo that’s pretty friendly for casual dancing. Not to brag, but I haven’t had
a chance to try it in front of people.
running a long distance and tend to do so often, it works better. I’ve been
pretty adamant about exercising for most of my adult life. Bro, I don’t really
lift. I do, however, run long distance. I’m pretty all over the place as far as
my musical tastes go, and my running playlists reflect that. I have a few that
heavily feature NewRetroWave songs. It helps me keep pace and just forget that
I’m running for long stretches of time. Because let’s face it: running is the
But enough about me, how do you listen to these groovy tunes, man? Comment below! I’d love to continue the conversation.