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Jehhillenberg
07-05-2011, 11:34 AM
Just coming from a thread where I wanted to explode, but in a good way. Doesn't music make everybody happy? Doesn't music inspire us all to an extent? My works usually come from some song, or many, that moves me to write. What songs move you to write, or drive your current writing? Made a playlist for a story or anything? Have a song or a bunch that you can't shake? Introduce some new tastes. Share!

Dix
07-05-2011, 01:02 PM
No sound track for my novel but, since I caught your thread and I'm sitting here, how about some beautiful jazz and an introduction to Clark Terry?

Go here and just listen: http://clarkterry.com/

(Wish I could join you but my dog howls anytime he hears a trumpet or a flugelhorn and everybody in the house is asleep right now. Well, except me.)

areteus
07-05-2011, 02:30 PM
I usually think about ideas while walking and listening to music... and a lot of my work is based in nightclubs so I always think what music might be playing there.

My upcoming novella does have its own soundtrack... well a single song which is playing at the start of one of the scenes and which I got permission to use the lyrics for...

Anninyn
07-05-2011, 07:54 PM
I imagine scenes to music all the time. I find that music can create an image in my head which really works for what I'm writing.

So I have a (very) long playlist of my best pieces for encouraging imagination.

Jonathan Dalar
07-05-2011, 10:34 PM
Yes, most definitely! A different one for different works, each specifically crafted with a purpose to be exactly that. Simply listening to the songs in it can propel me into a creative mindset for that particular work. It's a major muse.

Chris P
07-05-2011, 10:51 PM
Many scenes in my stories have tunes associated with them.

WIP#1, Scenes of traveling through remote areas: Driving too fast on bad dirt roads with nothing around for miles: Bruce Springsteen Radio Nowhere (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtrOYsNCPmg), driving slowly on good roads, the passengers dozing in the warm sun: Brandi Carlile Turpentine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSmE0BBOwSg). MC meeting a woman he really gets on with, after struggling with lonliness the whole trip, and then having to leave with just a gentle kiss: A Fine Frenzy Almost Lover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_S_TbD1XFM).

WIP #2, Scene where the MC is in a Nashville honkytonk having a scotch to sooth his nerves when a reporter he's been trying to avoid walks through with her friends: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles Streetwise man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjOYMXi84e0).

The songs don't always have anything to do with the scene, it's just cool background music.

ETA: Ooh! Oooh! Current project: MC shows up at a friend's house thinking he might have tried to hurt himself, and First Aid Kit's Hard believer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8jIb74ldpg) is blaring on the stereo on a loop.

Faide
07-06-2011, 03:02 AM
Absolutely. I usually listen to a few different songs/soundtracks that etch themselves into my brain and won't leave 'fore the WIP is finished. The ones I usually listen to for this WIP are:

Devil's Dance Floor (http://www.youtuberepeat.com/watch/?v=z-52Yf2F2qU&feature=related) - Flogging Molly
Norwegian Pirate (http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=tvriqdS3vsc) - Two Steps From Hell
The Brotherhood Escapes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpmhyo-fqaY) and City of Rome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bK8puFRTX4) - Jesper Kyd
Palm Tree Escape (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UW_8JY_mP4&feature=related) - Hans Zimmer

Jehhillenberg
07-06-2011, 04:47 AM
No sound track for my novel but, since I caught your thread and I'm sitting here, how about some beautiful jazz and an introduction to Clark Terry?

Go here and just listen: http://clarkterry.com/

(Wish I could join you but my dog howls anytime he hears a trumpet or a flugelhorn and everybody in the house is asleep right now. Well, except me.)

:ROFL: Love it.

Jehhillenberg
07-06-2011, 04:49 AM
I imagine scenes to music all the time. I find that music can create an image in my head which really works for what I'm writing.

So I have a (very) long playlist of my best pieces for encouraging imagination.

Ha! Who are you telling?


My complete ms I'm revising is dark and heavy, very moody. Some of the songs inspirational for that piece I constantly listen to right now are: "Odd One" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgbv3d-k7sA) by Sick Puppies, "Bound for the Floor" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2Oe5YKhzCE) by Local H, "World Behind My Wall" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlLkscjDWsA) by Tokio Hotel, "Medication" & "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjeoXDHpH_c) by Garbage, "6 Underground" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrvk1bmTayg) by Sneaker Pimps, "Come As You Are" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vabnZ9-ex7o) by Nirvana, "Fell On Black Days" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpecGg07cFQ) by Soundgarden, "To the Moon and Back" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLqlSUluPao) by Savage Garden, "Fine Again" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET3-t1jFmo0) by Seether, "These Things" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4cVv0kb-Fs) by She Wants Revenge, and of course The Smiths - "There's a Light That Never Goes Out" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INgXzChwipY) & "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3bCWRLS6Eo) & "How Soon Is Now" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5HpeA_WSo)

Pretty self-explanatory. The music is very reflective and more succinct than I can put into words.

Jehhillenberg
07-06-2011, 04:54 AM
Jonathan Dalar and Faide, that's great! Chris P, that's awesome how you put background music to your scenes and I like that song by Bruce Springsteen.

ryannj5
07-06-2011, 04:57 AM
I love listening to music while I write, and created a playlist/soundtrack for my most recent novel. It has songs that echo the mysterious feeling of the book. I posted it on my blog - check it out!

Kweei
07-13-2011, 06:25 AM
I create to music, so absolutely.

It's an eclectic mix, though mostly rock.

Maryn
07-13-2011, 05:54 PM
I'm a weirdo. (So tell us something we don't already know, huh?) Even when I play music which seems appropriate to what I'm writing, once I get going I don't hear it. At all. So I guess I have no soundtrack for my novels, but I do for my AW-ing. At the moment, it's Wolfsheim.

Maryn, whose tastes are heavily influenced by her kids

Wesley Kang
07-13-2011, 10:07 PM
I couldn't write my manuscript with music, just couldn't do it. But with the editing, I compiled a long list of book "theme" music. I picked a bunch of stuff that kinda fits my themes, a lot of Coldplay and U2 on there. There are definitely "in the zone" moments where I have to turn off all the music... and sometimes when I'm completely out of the zone, I have to turn it off too.

artemis31386
07-14-2011, 05:10 AM
Every single one of my novels has its own soundtrack. The music usually helps me to keep a cohesive theme and tone.

Selah March
07-17-2011, 01:58 AM
I've got an iTunes playlist for each of my books. I often spend hours searching out appropriate music and rearranging the songs to suit the order of scenes -- all the while brainstorming dialogue, characterization and action, so it's not wasted time and effort (or so I tell myself). I play the soundtrack in the car, and while cooking and cleaning, so the mood of the current project is always with me.

By the time I draft, polish, sell, and revise a book to editorial specifications, my poor family is heartily sick of its soundtrack. Oh well. Sucks to be them. :)

lcwrite
07-17-2011, 05:50 PM
One of my books is set on a remote island. The MC is the owner of an eco-friendly resort there and there is little electricity, no television, etc. After dinner each night the guests generally hang out in the dining hall. A couple of the resort guides, and my MC, play guitar and I have them perform. I'll say they sang a particular song or artists like The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, etc. I also have my MC thinking through the incidents that have taken place (it is a cozy) while (a) tinkering with the motors on his dive boat or (b) working out or(c) playing a guitar.

There are scenes involving characters with certain traits. One is a serious traditional country music fan and when writing scenes where he plays a significant role I tend to have his type of country music playing. Another character is into hard rock and grunge and when writing scenes focusing on her I'll have some relevant music going

AbielleRose
07-17-2011, 05:54 PM
I've got an iTunes playlist for each of my books. I often spend hours searching out appropriate music and rearranging the songs to suit the order of scenes -- all the while brainstorming dialogue, characterization and action, so it's not wasted time and effort (or so I tell myself). I play the soundtrack in the car, and while cooking and cleaning, so the mood of the current project is always with me.

By the time I draft, polish, sell, and revise a book to editorial specifications, my poor family is heartily sick of its soundtrack. Oh well. Sucks to be them. :)

I do the exact same thing. :) Its so nice to just put the music on, let it blend into the background and focus on the book with the right "mental setting".

My "soundtracks" each have about a 50/50 blend of instrumental/vocal music and touch probably every genre.

Jehhillenberg
07-20-2011, 04:15 AM
Thanks God for iTunes, right! Some organization with playlists.

Arclight
07-20-2011, 07:11 AM
I used to use playlist.com to build a playlist for my story, so I could share it with other people. Since playlist.com ruined everything by making all songs inaccessible to Canadians, I started building a playlist for my story in iTunes. I pick songs based on characters and the situations they experience and decisions they make. Sometimes, I pick songs based on a certain mood they have. My playlist is mostly industrial or darkwave, because that's the kind of music that fits my story. It also happens to be my favorite music, and the kind of music that puts images and stories in my head.

Snitchcat
07-20-2011, 08:29 AM
Nope. I have no soundtracks for any of my works. I block out all noise, including music, when I'm immersed in my writing, so I may as well be writing in silence.

That said, however, when I notice it, I'm usually writing to something creepy, sombre, mystical, or instrumental and relaxing. Mostly compilations and classical (East and West).

DragonHeart
07-22-2011, 08:49 PM
I don't normally listen to music while I write, but I've been listening to the soundtrack of Assassin's Creed II a lot while working on my current project. It fits well, since the book is about assassins and in fact partly inspired by the series. ;)

The downside to doing so is that listening to the music makes me want to play the games lol. Especially when the track Notorious (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmlRSDglbX4) comes on.

flygal716
07-23-2011, 03:13 PM
What a great thread. While I've never actually created an iTunes playlist, I definitely had about 6 or 8 pieces of music that I played over and over and over again while writing. Even now that I've finished the novel, certain songs just bring up certain characters. I mentioned either the songs (as playing in the background) or the groups/CDs here and there throughout the book. Lots of Booker T. and the MGs, Clapton, and songs from Northern Exposure (that I have on CD).

For the next novel, instead of constantly swapping CDs in the player and pushing "repeat" all the time, I'll make a playlist.

flygal716
07-23-2011, 06:02 PM
iTunes question: I just created a playlist with a specific song order. When I burned it to a CD, it changed the order so that the songs were alphabetical by artist! How do I make sure my playlist order carries through?

Many thanks to the techies out there!

Jehhillenberg
07-24-2011, 10:46 AM
The downside to doing so is that listening to the music makes me want to play the games lol. Especially when the track Notorious (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmlRSDglbX4) comes on.

That sounds like some good background music I can use!

Jehhillenberg
07-24-2011, 11:08 AM
iTunes question: I just created a playlist with a specific song order. When I burned it to a CD, it changed the order so that the songs were alphabetical by artist! How do I make sure my playlist order carries through?

Many thanks to the techies out there!

Ah, I've done this. It shouldn't change the order once you make the playlist. Just drag and drop the songs into the playlist in the order you want on the blank CD and hit burn.

But itunes can get its own mind at times so: when you insert the cd and it asks what do you want to do with it, ignore the options or X out of that box and go to itunes.
Click the playlist column heading of which order in which you want on your cd. Select the first column on the far left with the numbering because that's the order the songs will be burned onto the cd.
Do not select "copy to play order" before you insert your CD. Now, after you burn your Cd and then try to play it on your computer in iTunes, it may appear in the default column order.


I have iTunes version 10.4.0.80. Hope this helps!

flygal716
07-24-2011, 02:25 PM
Thanks, Jehhillenberg. I kept trying yesterday (and throwing away a bunch of perfectly good CDs, agh) until I got it right by accident. I think I accidentally followed your step #3.

My CDs evoke for me the mood of my next mystery novel -- the Byrds, Traveling Wilburys, Van Morrison, Dido, Paul Simon, Booker T., music from Northern Exposure, Tom Petty, Clapton, Joni Mitchell, etc. I even made a CD of songs that just relate to a certain love triangle. Listening to it helps me understand the three characters and their thoughts and motivations better.

Nick Blaze
07-26-2011, 11:03 AM
Considering my eclectic musical tastes, I'd find it hard to match songs to specific scenes in my novels. I'd prefer to have new ones written in a classical/folk score.

It would be awesome, though, if I could write a novel where my favorite bands' music would actually fit. I can't quite imagine Gorguts or Garden of Shadows, or Kadenzza or Sigh, or Darkspace .... well, actually, I could totally see Darkspace writing a soundtrack.

As for iTunes, I stray away from it like the plague. Not worth the time and effort. The probability of iTunes having any music I like is slim, and aside from last.fm, I don't care about synching or anything. What other reason is there to use it?

gayle12
07-26-2011, 11:22 AM
I have written a lot of stuff to my sister-in-law's music. You can listen to her discography for free here:

http://carley.bandcamp.com/

I'm especially fond of the entire "You Can't Control the Weather" album, which has "Head West" (which I listened to while writing about heading west), and "Echo" (which I listen to when I need to have a tense scene.)

The big one, though, is "Poor Virginia," which has worked great for both my novel (about a lesbian private detective in the 1950s) and some shorter work, including an in-progress short story. You can listen to the single here:

http://carley.bandcamp.com/track/poor-virginia

I also create playlists for different stories. I was writing a death story and had "Little Fall of Rain" from Les Mis on repeat for about an hour. There's also something about "Italian Leather Sofa" from Cake that always gets me writing. I think it might be the tempo.

Gayle

Jehhillenberg
07-26-2011, 01:01 PM
Considering my eclectic musical tastes, I'd find it hard to match songs to specific scenes in my novels. I'd prefer to have new ones written in a classical/folk score.

It would be awesome, though, if I could write a novel where my favorite bands' music would actually fit. I can't quite imagine Gorguts or Garden of Shadows, or Kadenzza or Sigh, or Darkspace .... well, actually, I could totally see Darkspace writing a soundtrack.

As for iTunes, I stray away from it like the plague. Not worth the time and effort. The probability of iTunes having any music I like is slim, and aside from last.fm, I don't care about synching or anything. What other reason is there to use it?

Yes, unfortunately iTunes does not have every single song in the world. That's why I really like Amazon, but I need organization in my scattered life so iTunes and Amazon works for me.


Gayle12, that story about a lesbian detective in the '50s has piqued my interest. :)

pdblake
07-26-2011, 01:10 PM
No soundtrack for my work but I tend to put headphones on and listen to whatever is capable of drowning out the kids:)

Nick Blaze
07-28-2011, 10:00 AM
Yes, unfortunately iTunes does not have every single song in the world. That's why I really like Amazon, but I need organization in my scattered life so iTunes and Amazon works for me.


Gayle12, that story about a lesbian detective in the '50s has piqued my interest. :)

Not only doesn't iTunes have a good selection, but I'm willing to wager they have a TERRIBLE selection. No doubt no one site can't have every song in the world or even close to 10%, but some are just way too close-minded and ignorant to music to have even one album from every major genre of music. Oh well. I think the concept of paying for electronic copies is silly. I know the reasons behind it, but I would always prefer a CD or vinyl over a download any day.

KathleenD
07-28-2011, 04:17 PM
I have very eclectic taste in music, and you might be surprised by what you find if you search in iTunes. The landing page is dominated by popular acts and headliners of yesteryear, but the catalog goes quite deep. Furthermore, if your tastes run counter to popular culture, you enjoy bargain prices.Seems silly to be so dismissive when you haven't even looked.

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When I'm working on a story, songs the characters would like pop into my mind. I will play them while I'm getting ready to write. I can't listen to them while I'm working (unless they're instrumental or sung in a language I don't know), but when I'm done, I use Grooveshark to make a playlist for the book and toss it on my website.

That sounds so casual, but I totally obsess about it ;) I was also OCD about making mix tapes in high school.

Jehhillenberg
07-29-2011, 07:34 AM
Not only doesn't iTunes have a good selection, but I'm willing to wager they have a TERRIBLE selection. No doubt no one site can't have every song in the world or even close to 10%, but some are just way too close-minded and ignorant to music to have even one album from every major genre of music. Oh well. I think the concept of paying for electronic copies is silly. I know the reasons behind it, but I would always prefer a CD or vinyl over a download any day.

I can completely understand that. I have a box of old CDs and cassettes. I'm trying to collect vinyl records, it's like a fascination right now. But as you already know although digital downloads may not have that highly regarded quality like its predecessors, digital downloads are more easily accessible. And I do wish there was a place with all the [awesome] music there is out there. I don't know if that's fully possible, but it would sure help me.

Jehhillenberg
07-29-2011, 07:37 AM
When I'm working on a story, songs the characters would like pop into my mind. I will play them while I'm getting ready to write. I can't listen to them while I'm working (unless they're instrumental or sung in a language I don't know), but when I'm done, I use Grooveshark to make a playlist for the book and toss it on my website.

That sounds so casual, but I totally obsess about it ;) I was also OCD about making mix tapes in high school.

That sounds so cool. I use that site too.

Sunnyside
07-29-2011, 05:52 PM
Absolutely! I'm listening to The Sesame Street Record from 1970 right now.

It's research! Really!

Nick Blaze
08-03-2011, 10:33 AM
I can completely understand that. I have a box of old CDs and cassettes. I'm trying to collect vinyl records, it's like a fascination right now. But as you already know although digital downloads may not have that highly regarded quality like its predecessors, digital downloads are more easily accessible. And I do wish there was a place with all the [awesome] music there is out there. I don't know if that's fully possible, but it would sure help me.
It is in fact much more easily accessible-- on more media, too. That's a little depressing to me, but I'd much rather people heard awesome music and expanded their tastes than kept to what they know and only buy the rare vinyls. In a way, it has and will evolve music. In my opinion, in a horrible way, but time will tell.

Jehhillenberg
08-04-2011, 11:31 PM
Sad times. I've savaged some good music though. imo.

2011's dreamer
08-06-2011, 08:31 AM
I usually listen to bgm from a movie/show and change the music according to the scene I'm writing or reading. Very rarely can I concentrate and lose myself in the writing/reading if there's vocals in the song.

I have 9 gigs of music. 0_0

flarue
08-09-2011, 09:37 PM
Yes, I tend to have a soundtracks while I'm writing. It really helps me to get into the mood for certain scenes, characters, or situations. Right now, I'm considering this to be the "theme song" of my 2 MCs, in my current WIP: http://new.music.yahoo.com/delbert-mcclinton/tracks/have-a-little-faith-in-me--694224 (I couldn't find his version on Youtube, unfortunately.)

I'll probably make a full playlist for my betas, when I've finished the first or second draft. :)

flarue
08-09-2011, 09:44 PM
Absolutely! I'm listening to The Sesame Street Record from 1970 right now.

It's research! Really!

Sounds like fun research. :D

Jehhillenberg
08-09-2011, 11:52 PM
flarue, OMG, i'm on the verge of tears right now listening to that song. My state of mind is easily moved right now. Great song! Makes me wonder what your story's about - better yet, who your MCs are. :)

texas_girl
08-17-2011, 12:00 AM
Yes, I do! I thought I was the only one. :D

I have a specific writing playlist for my novel. If a song makes it on there it's based on lyric, and feeling. It's mostly country and rock (since I'm writing a western).

Jehhillenberg
08-17-2011, 08:25 AM
Hahaha. Same here! Just not big on country but, hey, it's for a western so it's good.

flarue
08-20-2011, 12:31 AM
flarue, OMG, i'm on the verge of tears right now listening to that song. My state of mind is easily moved right now. Great song! Makes me wonder what your story's about - better yet, who your MCs are. :)

I know, isn't it? I love Delbert. :)

I always struggle to tell people what my story is about- I guess I still need to write more to figure out the answer to that lol. It's so complicated. I guess... it's about a girl who's living at her aunt's boarding house, and a young man comes to town with a very strange secret. To say more, basically gives away a lot of the twists though. Once I've written more, I'll probably be able to summarize it better.