March 14, 2013

Band Geek Thursday: Your Writing Music

Morning, Misfiteers!

Today is going to be a bit of a different Band Geek Thursday post. Just recently, our very own Misfit Dahlia introduced me to a band called The Pretty Reckless (you can check them out in her last Band Geek Thursday playlist here), and I haven't stopped listening to them since. They are such great writing music--and it made me realize how much music out there I'd probably love to write to, but haven't heard of yet. And so today, I want to know a little about YOU. What are your favorite writing songs? 

(*To see my picks, in vaguely similar order to how they're mentioned here, just check out the playlist at the bottom of the post.)

Do you have a band that always gets you in the mood for an action scene? (For me, it can be anything from Muse to Marilyn Manson to Avenged Sevenfold to Digital Daggers to Flyleaf to 30 Seconds to Mars… What can I say? I like action scenes.)

What about a song that will help you write a scene guaranteed to make your reader cry? (Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars, Holding on and Letting Go by Ross Copperman…okay, so I'm not so good at sad music. Suggestions?)

And romance. Of course, always, romance. What are your go-to romantic songs? Sweet songs? Sexytimes songs? (Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine, Bloodstream by Stateless, Love is Blindness by Jack White, Arms by Christina Perri, Your Surrender by Neon Trees…there is such a fabulous variety of romantic possibility. Why choose just one?)

And last, are there any bands that seem to have something for every situation? That you can put on a whole album of while you're writing and let it play through eight times before you feel the need to switch it up? (For my current MS, I often find myself gravitating toward Florence and the Machine or After Midnight Project or Muse.) 

What about other situations I haven't mentioned? I want to know about ALL the songs!

Your turn! I need more great writing music, and your fellow Misfiteers do, too. What should we be listening to? 


Susan Francino said...

I don't have specifics, but this song is so YA and I love it! Might be good for a lot of different parts of a story, but they play it at the end of Tangled, which I think is appropriate.

("Something That I Want" by Grace Potter)

Tristina said...

Oh gosh, so much of my music can span so many of these. I have a playlist on Spotify that I just let shuffle while I write and it usually ends up working. But some specifics?

Not Your Fault - AWOLNATION
Six Days - DJ Shadow (If you can find the Mos Def remix, even better)
Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - DJ Shadow
Nursery Rhyme - UNKLE
Breathe Me - Sia
Forbidden Friendship - How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack
Due Tramonti - Ludovico Einaudi
Mausam & Escape - AR Rahman
Dreamer - Elizaveta
Time of Your Song - Matisyahu (Anything by him, really)
Pablo Picasso - Citizen Cope
9 Crimes - Damien Rice

Fida Islaih said...

These two have inspired a part of a story or my whole ms: Fallin' for You by Colbie Caillat for light romance. Fix You by Coldplay for something sad.

Caitlin R. O'Connell said...

I write to movie soundtracks a LOT. I mean, Pirates of the Caribbean or Lord of the Rings makes even homework feel epic. :)

Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford & Sons is kind of the song of my current project, though. It just fits so very well!

Saybe Scott said...

I am so out of the current music scene I didn't know half the band names you listed off. Also, I write to lyric-less music, so I'd be of no help in this discussion. ;)

Not a writing song, exactly, but a song for my writing: one of my CPs shared Broken Wings by Flyleaf (New Horizons album version) with me as a perfect theme song for Talon and Lorell, and I agree.

Saybe Scott said...

Also, I second Caitlin (whose comment came in moments before mine) about soundtracks. :) There's some epic music on soundtracks just perfect for emotional situations of all types.

Morgan York said...

Action scene: Muse is a great one for this. They're also fantastic for any intense emotional scenes/characters/situations. Because I'm a video game fan, I also use songs from one of my favorite games (the Kingdom Hearts series) to get me in the mood for fights.

Songs to make reader cry: Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek," Regina Spektor's "Hero," The Beatles' "Oh! Darling," "Blackbird," and "Let It Be," Coldplay's "Fix You," DeVotchKa's "How It Ends," Death Cab For Cutie's "Transatlanticism," fun.'s "All Alright," Green Day's "21 Guns," Muse's "Soldier's Poem," Utada Hikaru's "Hikari," and Paramore's "Let This Go," "Brighter," "Conspiracy," "We Are Broken," "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic," "Let The Flames Begin," "All I Wanted," "Turn It Off," and "Careful."

Romance: This really depends on the characters, but some on my playlist are The Beatles' "Something," Yiruma's "If I Could See You Again" and "River Flows In You," fun.'s "The Gambler," and Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark."

Band for anything: So, um, if you didn't notice from my sad songs list, I'm into Paramore. A lot. Like, if you follow my Twitter feed, you probably want me to shut up about them. But do you know why I'm like that? Because almost every song, in one way or another, fits a character, scene, or situation. Nearly. Every. One. It rarely fails. They're coming out with a new album in April and I am FREAKING out, because they are essentially fuel for my muse.

Thank you for giving us commenters this opportunity! Music is so, so important to my writing and it should be talked about more.

Morgan York said...

(Holy crap, I got really excited. Pardon the length of my comment...)

tawney13 said...

I don't have specific songs but Mumford and Sons get me writing from the start when I listen to them. Imagine Dragons I just discovered and love them. There tone unwraps my imagination. Fun lets the comedian out in me. Civil Wars and The Lone Bellows help set the mood for romance or tears. I just love music because it can create different scenes. Great post!

Maggie Hall said...

These are so great, you guys!! Thank you!

Susan and Fida--I just listened to your suggestions, and they're all fabulous! I'm going to have to work these in somehow...
Tristina--There are a bunch of these I've never even heard of, and I'm SO excited to listen to them. 0.o
Caitlin and Saybe--You're so right about the soundtracks. I like the Pride and Prejudice one, too.
Morgan--I love the length of your comment! (twss) ;) Really, though, there are quite a few of these I don't know, and am definitely going to have to check out. And now I feel like I should listen to more Paramore!
Tawney--Mumford and Sons is definitely a good album to write to, and I love Imagine Dragons, too. Thanks for the suggestions!!


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