Music is one of the things (besides nature) that inspire me most. The writing process usually starts with an our on the couch with an mp3-player with a stock of Celtic tunes by Loreena McKennitt, Omnia and Altan, but also less well-known artists (at least, in the Netherlands) like Cecile Corbel, Catriona McKay and Julie Fowliss.
Tradional Celtic folk music has a particular inspiriational power. If I can, I try playing the ancient melodies myself.
Here is a song by Omnia that brings me to the Wood at once, with its dancing elves, and the daunting figure of the Woodland King, a being that represents both dark and light, for transcending them he is both... Because in nature there is no good or evil, everything IS.