Sunday, January 31, 2010

Music

               So I'm one of those people who really like listening to music while I write, but finding just the right music to listen to can be difficult sometimes.
                In my opinion, soundtracks are usually the best, depending on what I'm writing. Lately I've been working on a Sci-fi novel and so I’ve been listening to a lot of soundtracks like the ones from The Dark Knight, Stardust, Transformers, and Star Trek but I when I write regular fiction, I usually listen to some of my favorite music like MuteMath and Emery. I think that it helps a lot with the creative process. I also like listening to bands like Evanescence and Within Temptation while I’m writing.
                Some writers like J.K. Rowling, for instance, don’t like to listen to music while writing for whatever reason. I think that is just ridiculous (but J.K. Rowling is an amazing writer, so I guess whatever she does, works well for her!) 
                Music can help you along with your story so much and I realize that my writing style even changes a bit depending on what I’m listening to. Like when I listen to Hans Zimmer’s music, my story ends up becoming a lot darker than when I listen to something by Ramin Djawadi or Steve Jablonsky (composers have funny names, don’t they?)
                Another great place to find music is a website called Ambient Music Guide. They have some amazing downloads that you can listen to that are perfect for novel writing. The music is so beautiful, it’s just fantastic.  
                And here is an amazing playlist where I have put all of the amazing songs that I listen to while I write, and it’s a group playlist, so if you have any favorite inspirational songs, add them! To pull it up, just click here.

                So I think that you should always be careful about what you’re listening to because it usually has an effect on whatever you’re writing about. Music is a great thing to have when you’re writing, just look at what these authors had to say about music:

 “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.”  -Oscar Wilde
There's music in the sighing of a reed;
There's music in the gushing of a rill;
There's music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
-Lord Byron


Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo
 
                So what kind of music do you like to listen to when you’re writing? Do you think it’s a distraction or do you think it helps the creative process? Let me know!

My favorite songs at the moment:

 I-540 by The Wedding
I don't know why but I've adored this song ever since I first heard the album in 2007. The entire album is pretty much amazing so you should definitely check it out!                      
                          Churches and Serial Killers by Emery. I know a lot of people might disagree with me but their newer music is much better than their earlier sound. It's much more developed and straight up awesome so you should check them out too.
Everybody Loves Me and Made For You by OneRepublic. Their new album definitely has a different sound than their last record but it still has the same piano-driven awesomeness. Really, really good. Different. But good.

Pretty much anything by MuteMath
Seriously, I love every song by MuteMath, they're amazing. Their sound has a very unique, atmospheric sound that shows itself in all of their albums but they always seem to change it up a little with every record they put out. I love it. :)



           What are your favorite songs of all time?
 

          
               Okay, so I’m kind of straying from the topic but there’s this website called Formspring and basically you set up an account and then people can ask questions about you (anonymously or publically) and then the person answers them.
                I think the idea is actually kind of cool, I mean, it’s a great distraction from homework (haha). So ask me some questions if you feel like it, I have a text box on the side of my blog where you can ask me anything. Just click here.
                Follow me and I’ll follow you. :)

1 comments:

Sidney said...

Music is amazing! I always listen to music when I study. It seems like when you're really trying to focus though, Lyrical music can become a distraction. I usually Listen to classical music or Gypsy jazz.

#4: Les Yeux Noirs. Thats probably my favorite song right now.

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