I believe that they can use Beethoven’s piano concertos for the theme music when they make the movie of my life: joyful flights, gentle lows, great crashing highs. That will suit me. It won’t work for every story I tell however.
I put on music when it is time to write. It is my signal to get out of social media, close out distractions, and talk to the girls in the basement about the characters. For it to work well, however, the music has to suit the mood. I find Pandora helpful. I can set up a channel for the type of story I’m writing. I wrote an entire middle grade novel to bluegrass music. When DANGEROUS SECRETS was in process, I listened to music from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and “Traditional Italian,” which turned out to include a lot of Andrea Bocelli.
Romantic Dinner Standards helps when the a scene is sweet and tender, but I have to be careful because it can ratchet down the mood. James Horner Radio (which helped THE RENEGADE WIFE) or general Movie Soundtracks move the action along better in most cases. FOR DANGEROUS WEAKNESS I used How the West Was Won and related soundtracks.
Editing is an entirely different case. I have to keep my chin up and the tempo moving. Sometimes I do Glenn Miller and sometimes Jersey Boys, Jim Croce, or some old time Rock and Roll.
Like many things in my life, when it comes to music, it depends.