Not directly concerned with writing, but all writers I've met are interested in music too. If you've never come across this Dutch violinist then take a listen at the link below. I saw him live in Newark a couple of years ago and it was such a joy to listen to him and the excellent trio with him.
He's released a new CD and you can sample it at http://www.myspace.com/timkliphuis
If you're feeling jaded after this winter, then Tim's music will raise your spirits.