I sometimes wonder if writers need silence, the radio on, or if they listen to music. I choose the latter, something restful in the background. Sometimes my searches for good music bring up some real gems..
Two of them are these, Caroline Harrison and Amy Wadge. Have a listen. You may enjoy the experience.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZpTqemKX2g for Caroline
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLIyCdBy-7s for Amy, freefall, one of my favourites
and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CAeuaLJ0Jg&feature=related a special song for those very fortunatem and I fear rather rare women, who have a good man in their lives.