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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
What is on YOUR writing playlist?
Most of the time when I'm writing, I have noise in the background: the kids playing a video games together, all of us watching a movie while I jot something here and there, the filter cycling water through the turtle tank, or the cats playing Neo and Agent Smith in the kitchen floor. My favorite noise is the sound of the kids playing, of course. It's relaxing in a way that only a devoted mother could understand.
But on those rare moments when I'm alone in the car, on iPod day at work, or when the kids are gone, I get in moods where I want to have music on that will inspire a certain feeling. I do this especially when I've got ideas brewing that need a little nudge here and there. I like to make a CD with ammunition for imagination. These songs usually tell some sort of story that sparks a dark, sinister, or epic feeling in me when I'm thinking of writing or actively writing. These songs on my MP3 player also make the workday more exciting, not that the insurance business is boring or anything.
Here is what is currently on that CD:
1. Don't Go into That Barn-Tom Waits
2. Cities in Dust-Siouxsie and the Banshees
3. Lost in the Flood-Bruce Springsteen
4. Pet-A Perfect Circle
5. Middleman-Bright Eyes
6. Red Right Hand-Nick Cave
7. Hallelujah-Rufus Wainwright
8. The Black Rider-Tom Waits
9. Where Good Girls Go to Die-London After Midnight
As you can see, my taste runs a little on the theatrical side. Those are just a few of the songs that I currently enjoy writing to. The list gets modified and added to, but rarely subtracted from. These are my staples. No matter what my mood is, these are the songs that bring to mind the richest lands, the most mysterious characters, and enticingly intense settings.
Please share your favorite writing music! And if you don't listen to music while writing or looking for inspiration, what do you do?