What Artist/Genres/Songs do you listen to while you write?

I was just wondering if there was anything I might be able to use as well. So far my favourites are enya and florence + the machine. Feist can sometimes help as well.

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    Ooh, I love Florence and the Machine too!

    For me, it depends. It all comes down to the mood of the song and how it corresponds to the mood I need for the story. I need to be there while I'm writing it, so I have to have a lot of variety.

    For music in general, I like to fill in the silence with soundtracks and big band music. My favorite soundtracks are "The Pacific" by Hans Zimmer, "Band of Brothers" by Michael Kamen, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Atticus Ross, and "The Dark Knight" also by Hans Zimmer. Great big band artists or singers are Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Bing Crosby, the Rat Pack, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, etc etc.

    A lot of times I need to trigger a specific mood, though. One of my stories is a bleak utopian setting revolving around advanced technology and drugs, so I need to listen to music that has an eerie blend while targeting emotions of loneliness, emptiness, and searching for true love. Florence and the Machine is a great source for that. I also love "the Hunger Games: Music From District 12 and Beyond" CD and Coldplay.

    Another story of mine requires a dark, gritty, frightening, and sometimes downright horrendous mood. For that I plug in my soundtracks, along with a lot of Eminem, Linkin Park, and Nickelback.

    Finally, I have a weakness for both Disney music and African music. I have a few Disney songs I love to listen to, like "God Help the Outcasts" and "Hellfire" from the Hunchback of Notre Dame, plus several from Pocahontas. Of course, since the two have been combined, I love my Lion King soundtrack and the two spin-off soundtracks "Rhythm of the Pride Lands" and "Music Inspired by the Lion King". I usually listen to that stuff for the more uplifting scenes or short stories.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I listen to The Fray, The Script, One Republic and stuff like that, but if im writing a sad scene I put on a sad song like Adele and if its happy I put on Hot Chelle Rae.

    Source(s): Hope I helped : )
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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Honestly, I just listen to whatever I enjoy listening to. I normally listen to rock/alternative bands. Sometimes I find my ipod shuffling to songs that remind me of the scene I'm writing. I'd suggest that if you are writing a sad scene to listen to sadder, more emotional songs. If you're writing a rebellious or action scene, you should listen to songs that speak more anger or emotion, if that makes sense. Otherwise, just listen to the music you enjoy while you write!

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I'm a big fan of movie and video game soundtracks. Hans Zimmer is my man.

    Favorites are Troy, Sherlock Holmes, The Last Samurai, and Skyrim. :)

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  • 8 years ago

    Pandora. Whatever station I'm in the mood for or whatever station will play the songs that match. Sometimes I like "Todays Hit radio" other times I like "Ekolu"(hawaiian) other times I like more mellow songs like my "Joshua Radin". Just depends but its always pandora :D

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Ikimono Gakari/J-Pop/Sakura

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  • 8 years ago

    Usually I listen to the radio, but sometimes soundscapes because the words start to make it hard for me to concentrate.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I love Florence + The Machine! I heard them while listening to a station on Pandora and their music just made me want to find a secluded place in nature and just kind of write about, well, nature.

    Anyways, I usually listen to practically anything. But sometimes, I pick songs based on the feeling or emotion of what I'm writing about. Like for science fiction, and even fantasy, I like The Glitch Mob. One of my favorites by them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17PM-UMVud8

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    You might want to skip to the one minute mark because that's where the music really gets good, inspiring me to write action-packed and climatic scenes of epic proportions. I kid you not. The Glitch Mob is a Techno/Electric oriented music group with an almost Indie twist. I love it.

    Or maybe I'm not focusing on a particular genre, and I want to write solely on emotion.

    Love: Made For You by One Republic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No3FmavI2qI

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    Not your main-stream love song, but when I think of affection, I think of this.

    Shame: Chop Suey! by System of A Down - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSvFpBOe8eY

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    This song just embodies shame. The highpoints, and the low, if that makes any sense.

    Lust: Tighten Up by the Black Keys - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f794alHALTo

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    I don't know why this song makes me think of lust and want..but it does.

    Some other songs I like to write to are

    Vox Populi by 30 Seconds To Mars - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9iJ9ICrdaY

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    Waste by Foster the People - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6nkmpHzPN4

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    Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye ft. Kimbra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY

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    And songs on Intermediate Music's album Trailerhead, like Prometheus Rising - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL9TG8QWfMc

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    Makes me feel like I'm in a movie. Pretty epic stuff.

    Even at times I find myself listening to Lady Gaga. Gotta' love that Pop. I have no idea why, it's just as a writer who loves music, I find myself listening to something different everyday. These are just a few of my favorites. I like music with words, and without. Particularly things that start out kind of slow, but unique, and gradually build up to be the most amazing thing I've ever heard. Hope you like these!

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