Sunday, July 8, 2012

Writing Playlist (It's Music, Man)!

Music Saves My  Soul, by ~F-AYN-T
I blame movies.

We're used to actions scenes with bombastic brass, tender scenes with violins singing in the background (or synthesizers, if you're as old as I am), Bad Boy scenes with some kind of dropped bass and/or electric guitar.

All my scenes tend to have music. I don't always listen to it when I'm writing or editing, but I almost always do it better when I have mad tunes playing.

(Warning: YouTube links abound. What, you didn't think I'd mention music without giving you a chance to HEAR it, did you?)

The Sundered's playlist varied a lot, depending on the scene. Sometimes, it was moving, powerful, evocative and heroic (a la Two Steps From Hell: Heart of Courage). Sometimes, it was intimate and gentle, like That Dress Looks Nice On You, bu Sufjan Stevens or Lullaby by Assemblage 23. Sometimes I went for exotic and beautiful, like La neige au Sahara by Anggun ("Snow on the Sahara" - she has an English version, but she sings SO much better in her original language).

I chose odd things like Depth of Mercy by Kenosis paired with Woke Up This Morning by Alabama 3.  I did lots of Apocalyptica (like Romance).

I even went on a Bad Romance (Lady Gaga) kick once (don't judge me). I made up for it with truly awesome things like Mari Boine (Gula Gula) and Lenore by Yunyu.

What about you? What kind of music do you like to listen to? Do you read to it, write to it, bathe to it, exercise to it? Tell me in the comments! I'd love to know.

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Stormy said...

I've been on a small town/cowboy kick recently so most of the stuff I've been listening to would fall into country/pop-country territory: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Jason Aldean... I've always found it fascinating what authors listen to while they write and how it relates to what they're writing.

Ruthanne Reid said...

Stormy: Thanks for the feedback! It's really fun to see how different music affects different scenes. I would never think of my characters as folk-song-types, but the serene peacefulness of some of those things really fit.