I can listen to instrumental music and write, but I might find myself transcribing the words, rather than writing my own stuff. Songs with lyrics are for the car, and for housework, and for my occasional workouts on the mini-tramp. (That is not a slutty dwarf, bouncy bouncy.) I tend to sing along.
I was trying to find a better song than "Luka" for the Name Game today, but I'm so bad at remembering lyrics! I have listened to "Woody's Roundup" from Toy Story 2, and a bit of a Mary Chapin Carpenter album, but decided just to post "My name is Luka, I live on the second floor" instead. Sad song about child abuse, woo hoo!