Friday, 15 April 2011

M is for Musical Muses


"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is   

    music."                                                                                                            Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), "Music at Night" 1931.

Whether we listen to it as we write, or just to inspire us, music is a great writing tool. For each WIP I create a playlist and listen to it on repeat. usually the music for certain scenes, characters, moods and emotions.

I have quite varied tastes in music. Two of my favourite bands always make the playlist: Muse and My Chemical Romance. Others include Death Cab for Cutie, Adele, Iron and Wine, 30 Seconds to Mars, Apocalyptica (Amparo suggested their music for my current project. I'm so glad she did!) and Within Temptation.

I also like to listen to classical music for certain scenes. And the instrumental scores from movie soundtracks are great if you don't want lyrics interrupting the flow.

What about you? Any favourite artists, tracks or types of music you like to inspire you?


Renae said...

No surprise that a lot of our music favorites are the same! I love classical music as well as within temptation. I also listen to Lifehouse.

M.J. Fifield said...

A lot of my favorites are you favorites too. There's no style of music that I don't like.

Karen Walker said...

Hi there, stopping by from the a-z challenge. Love that quote by Huxley. I don't listen to music while I write, but I love most kinds of music. I was born in 1949 so I love 50s, 60s and 70s, plus musicals. I also sing in a trio, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being in a girl group. We perform at retirement communities and hospitals. It's a blast.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Within Temptation! Excellent choice. I like Rush, In Flames, Dream Theater, Pantera - you know, heavy and progressive.

Amparo Ortiz said...

OMFG, we are musical SOULMATES. Within Temptation, Muse, MCR, Apocalyptica, 30 Seconds To Mars are ALWAYS in my playlists (even if they don't belong with the character's story)!! Haven't checked out Iron and Wine yet, so I'd better go check them out. :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Music is a HUGE deal for me. Normally, if I don't have a particular emotion in mind for a scene, I'll listen to Celtic - it drowns out background noise and I can't think as well without it. :) My taste overall though is SO eclectic. Everything from Rihanna to Beethoven to Muse to Mumford and Sons. And beyond. Always beyond. :)

Julie Musil said...

Lindsay, I attach certain songs to my work and it's not even intentional! I can't listen to lyrics when I write, so it's always instrumental on Pandora. By the way, I love your taste in music.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I came by via A to Z Challenge:

I particulary liked this post as I love music and there is always a musical theme to my poetry, I write a poem and try to match a song/tune.
Music is a wonderful way of life and music is my life.
Lovely to have met you.
Enjoy your week-end.