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Victor Hugo is credited with saying, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

Does music play an important role in your life, in your writing? Let me say, I have very eclectic music tastes. I will listen to almost anything once and will give it a real chance to move me in some way. Music has such an effect on me, though, that there are some songs I cannot listen to if I’m particularly blue because of the state of mind they put me in. They take me back to a time that I can’t bear to think upon without them bringing every full emotion of that moment gushing forth.

I’ve mentioned before I once wrote some lyrics and songs with a co-writer. He had a profound impact on me as a writer, simply because he believed in me. He was a musician looking for someone to write with. We connected on one of those special creative levels you can’t understand unless you experience it, but like so many human failings, inhibiting factors came into play and like a pot of steam, once the water is gone so is the vapor it produces. Such is life.

I did a little experiment with music to see how much it might impact my writing if I surrender to the experience and allow the tempo, mood, and lyrics to engulf me. I noticed when listening to Norah Jones I was in a state of thought that produced a dreamy but sad piece of writing called, “Empty Rainbow.”  However, I found when listening to music and attempting to write fiction that I either go to a place where I fully concentrate on the writing or I can’t concentrate at all and get caught up in the lyrics. To this end, a friend, Mike Schulenberg, who has a wonderful blog of his own, suggested listening to an artist by the name of Solar Fields; in particular, a song called Cocoon Moon. Sans lyrics, the listener is transported away by the music alone, allowing a writer to find their words without the intrusion of a singer’s lyrics. This is helpful when I’m trying to block out distractions around me and focus on a piece of fiction.

In listening to Nine Inch Nails, I wanted to see what might come forth to the pen. I listened to “The Hand that Feeds,” “Terrible Lie,” and “Every Day is Exactly the Same.” The following is what I wrote. After the poem I’ve included the video to “Every Day is Exactly the Same.”

Blind Danger by Sheila Pierson

Blood runs, dark eyes mount an offensive

Hide your sacred, the precious few that remain

 

The others soil the land with the carnage of their hunger

While you toil over decisions, lingering until a choice is

Made for you

 

Unfurl the bony hand that wraps itself around your neck,

Careful – the burning rupture of tender flesh may be the

Reward

 

Weep for ones lost to apathy

They are forever trapped in cage of stupidity,

Clearly seeing and refusing to acknowledge

Sweeping desolation over the landscape

 

The following is the video previously promised called, “Every Day is Exactly the Same” by Nine Inch Nails – Enjoy…


What are your thoughts the subject? How does music affect your writing, if at all? How does it move you? Any particular songs or selections you’d like to suggest or share?

(Musical note image provided by Microsoft ClipArt)

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  1. I love music. Couldn’t imagine living without it. But one of the few things I can’t do with it on is write. Not even a purely instrumental song. I like my quiet when writing.

    By the way, I love Nine Inch Nails. Well, their better known hits, anyway. I’m one of those miserable people who just downloads singles. 🙂

    • Like I said, it either helps me get totally absorbed or I lose my concentration completely, but wow when I get totally absorbed I’m in hyper-writing mode and the music only enhances that! You’re not alone in being one of the miserable people – I’m with you on that 🙂 Hey, we like what we like!

  2. That was an excellent post today. You make it look so easy. Thanks so much for sharing it. I really enjoyed reading it very much. You have a wonderful day!

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  3. enjoyed your post – and great quote from Victor Hugo!

    i like to write while listening to stormy classical music, Lorreena McKennitt, or classical guitar.

  4. I think we discussed before how I also like music and it inspires me in different ways. I love it, there are so many things I love about it. I love when something you haven’t listened to in a while comes around again. Or you hear something after / juxtaposed with something and it makes you notice it in a different way. I love how it can inspire to write in a different way. I’ll even listen to demos of things I really like.

    Oh, I will also ignore certain music if my mood is low, in part because I do not want the association!

    • You make a good point in how music can make you look at things differently. I so love music! Glad you stopped by! By the way, you Brits really know how to put on a show – I’m loving the opening ceremonies to the Olympics! All the references to classic stories! Lovely and fun…

      • West Coast it is delayed coverage for a baffling reason I could not even begin to guess at. So we are watching it now, or sort of. It is my wife’s turn to put the boy to bed so we’ll be watching it both delayed and recorded.

      • Actually in the spirit of your post today, when it is not my turn, I usually plug the headphones (the good ones) into the laptop and listen to some random music for a while.

  5. I love music so very much! I love writing to instrumental music. I can write to some music w/lyrics, but, like you said in your post, I end up getting completely engulfed in one or the other. Instrumental is definitely my preference 🙂

  6. I always listen to music when I write, and like you, I vary it by the scene or piece I’m writing. I’m a big fan of jazz/blues, electronica, and classical as genres. As far as artists go, I adore writing to Johnny Cash, Peter Gabriel (especially the orchestral stuff. I highly recommend his version of “My Body is a Cage), and Annie Lennox. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by and commenting. I like Peter Gabriel, too and Johnny Cash is a legend! Annie Lennox is her own kind of cool that’s really inspiring.

  7. “In music the passions enjoy themselves” – Friedrich Nietzsche, “Beyond Good and Evil.” I too have an extremely eclectic taste in music, but I can only listen to instrumentals while writing as lyrics tend to muddle my thinking; yet when working on art pieces (watercolor or acrylic) I listen to pretty much everything to gain inspiration.

  8. Music is a huge part of my life also, I owe it my life for what it’s done for me. It just speaks and doesn’t judge such a beautiful thing. I’ve been writing a lot lately and I’ve noticed that I have to go into an emotion to get something that is true and deep. I listen to pretty much any kind of rock out there but I’m in love with A Day To Remember at the moment they’ve been an inspiration lyrically and emotionally. It’s great when you find a band that you can connect with right away and you just put every once energy into listening to them. A song that is amazing lyrically is “The End” by Silverstein, it definitely makes you tear a little but I love songs that actually make you feel something or you can connect with that same emotion the band or artist intent is.

    • I completely agree with you and there’s almost something magical about the artist, the instrument, the lyrics and the listener all coming together to connect. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  9. I’m a writer and a music researcher. You’re right in that music from our past can also trigger emotions from our past, but this is also a healing gift to finally help you let that emotional baggage go. You might check out my healing music blog http://www.wholemusicexp.blogspot.com

    Mood music is a wonderful idea for writing fiction, and I suppose non-fiction too.

    I’ve never been a fan of Nine Inch Nails. I found this band too dark, and I once listened to melancholic music (in my youth).

    • I’ll definitely check out your blog! Thanks so much for coming by. Nine Inch Nails is a bit dark and that’s one reason I chose them to experiment with and see what kind of poetry/writing it produced – it produced something dark, as well, as evidenced in the post.

  10. Music is my muse. I listen to various songs and they help fuel ideas for poems & stories. Especially jazz pieces. Just listening to them sparks my inspirations and I endlessly seek out the words that would best describe what I’m imagining what I hear through the music. Even when they don’t inspire a piece I’m writing, they are helpful in maintaining the mood or keeping me motivated in writing. Music is just simply an amazing piece of art. ❤

  11. Music usually adds emphasis to the mood in already in. When I’m sad I listen to slow songs, ballads, when I’m happy I want to dance so I listen to dance music fast songs things that that me moving. Love the post!

  12. This is such a awesome post. I don’t know what I would do without music. I have eclectic tastes as well. The Pixies are my favorite band, but NIN’s Pretty Hate Machine is still one of my favorite albums of all time. Ringfinger is my favorite song off that album.

  13. I haven’t thought about what music does for my writing directly. I have been suffering from a writer’s block with my creative writing for a long time (years). Maybe music, as you explain above, might help with that. But what music does do for me is change the way I’m feeling.

    But, when it comes to emotion and feeling, I conceptualize it as a sort of field of energy around me. Sometimes I want to change that field of energy, sort of like meditation. Sometimes this “energy” is negative, like when I’m feeling stressed out or upset. Sometimes it’s positively bland. Other times it’s fantastic and I want to keep it that way! Music helps me with that all the time, without fail.

    I would recommend Explosions in the Sky, Nujabes, and Enya. All sans lyrics, with the exception of some Nujabes tracks. But even the ones with lyrics are fantastic.

    Thanks for sharing! It’s wonderful that you were able to connect with another artist in that way. Hopefully I’ll be able too as well in the future.

    • Do give the music a try with your writing. You may be pleasantly surprised at where it might take you! I’ll definitely check out your music suggestions 🙂 I’ll send good vibes your way for your writer’s block to open up and allow the words to flow again!

  14. Oh yeah, music is a HUGE part of my life. It’s really influenced my creativity over the years. My blog name, icon, and even my most recent post are all music-related.
    I love the quote you posted!
    If you want to know my most recent favorite, it’s pianist Ludovico Einaudi.

    and

      • Thanks, you too! I play, do photography, I’m in the process of learning web design, learning a bit about drawing so I can do that by hand or using a program like Illustrator…I’m nearly everywhere! Haha!

  15. Lovely Post! I love to listen to music when I write especially music that I know will guide my hands as I try to write specific circumstances. Music also helps me find better descriptive words to note what is happening, because I am writing for the music as much as I am writing for the scene.

    I think I would like Norah Jones for scenes of characters who are content, or filling out mundane everyday life activities in the comfort of their homes. To me her music sounds sort of like smoke-screens, fireplaces, wood, russet, grand pianos, decks on the ocean, wool, blankets, warm cups, long tee-shirts, knitted sweaters, and reading. (I am thinking specifically of “Don’t Know Why?”)

    It is nice to find someone else who uses music as a tool instead of seeing it a a distraction while writing. Sure sometimes I get caught up in the words, and I have even made the mistake of typing the words to the song 🙂 but I still think music is helpful.

    My last post, “The Adventures of Fleur Clementine” was written while I listened to Song from a Secret Garden.

    (Phew, I am sure I have bored you with my long rant.) Anyway, congrats on being Freshly pressed!

    • So glad you came by and shared. I could never be bored by a writer and music lover! You definitely captured my idea of Norah Jones, too, in writing. I’m just beginning the first day of a much needed vacation and should be sitting by the beach soon. It’s been a long drive but of course, I listened to music all the way!!! 🙂

  16. Music is fascinating! Much evidence shows it focuses more of the mind then usual, leading to more creativity and intelligence, because it is using both the emotional part of your brain, and the logical. If you are playing or composing music even more so.

    And I see dance as interpreting invisible vibrations (sound), and converting it to a 3 dimensional expression. And sexy 😉

    Gratz on freshly pressed!

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    • Thanks so much 🙂 So glad you shared your thoughts especially in pointing out how music utilizes both the right and left brain. Dancing is definitely sexy unless it’s not! lol

  17. Music is a force. Its strength of persuasion is evidenced in advertisements, political campaigns, baby nurseries, and more. I teach Pre-Kindergarten and if I sense that my children are growing bored, agitated, or whatever emotion, I can change it instantly by playing the right song. I use that same trick on my own emotions!

    I was born in to a musical family and have an eclectic taste. It’s been one of the joys of parenthood for my husband and me to share the gift of music with our sons. Both of whom, by the way, are studying the fine arts in college.

    Thanks for a great post!

    • It is amazing how children respond to music. When my youngest son was about 2 I used to sing “You Are My Sunshine” but I sang it slow and soulful and one day he said “Don’t sing that anymore” and when I asked why he said it made him sad. I was floored that he responded to the ‘way’ I sang the song on such an emotional level at his young age. I think it’s wonderful your sons are pursuing fine arts – it’s wonderful when young people choose to study what they truly love! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I apologize for the late response – my internet service has been sketchy at best for several days 😦

  18. the title of this article could be “watch out your music playlist”. I think music plays an important role in those whose work task is based on writing. As far as I observed, a large proportion people around me used to wearing their headset when they are writing (though whether it is good or not for their output is another equally important question). And different music does impact on different parts of our brain according to scientific research. Now I am desperately curious in the correlation between type of music and writing style.
    personally i found that bach’s music is best for academic writing, at least for me.

    • I believe you’ve hit on something with saying Bach’s music is best for academic writing. I think classical music in general can be stimulating in this regard. Thanks so much for your comments. It has taken me a while to respond due to a poor internet connection over the past several days but I truly appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  19. This is eerily appropriate for me right now. I just started music week on my blog. Every day I post a prompt for people to write with, and for this whole week, the prompts are to listen to the day’s song while writing. I usually choose instrumental myself, but either way, it’s so fun to see where music takes a writer.

    • So cool! I’ll have to check your blog out. I read where Stephen King enjoys jamming out to rock like ACDC and the like. I think it’s fun to experiment. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  20. Nice post thanks, Sheila.

    Music can be a great vehicle for carrying you away from the “now”.

    Back in the days when I was doing some serious painting, the art would draw me in and transport me to a state of total relaxation. Clearing my mind any distractions or worries, I would be in a kind of haze, just me any the art work.

    Then I added music to this mix and totally disappeared. What a way to go.

    Music and creativity. A great combination.

    I had your music playing while I typed this. Thanks again.

    • Thank you! I love it when I’m in that kind of ‘haze’ when writing – completely absorbed in the story. You said, “back in the days” – I hope if you love art that much that you are still pursuing your passion 🙂

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    • So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks for popping in and taking the time to comment. My apologies for the late response. My internet connection has been terrible over the past few days 😦

  22. Composers tell their story in a short space,similar to poets, both provide the end user with the ability to evoke images and feelings from inside. While writing I like to listen to various kinds of music, what dictates the choice is what I am writing about or for. I think it is similar to our moods, if you are feeling melancholy then some sombre music is going to make you feel more sombre, where if you played some more uplifting music it may lift your mood, but would it then have the wrong effect on what you were trying to convey in words? If I want to get to a dark place to write that I listen to dark and angry music, it helps to evoke that kind of image.

    • It amazes me how music can change the mood of the writer, the impact on the feeling imbued to the work. So glad you stopped by and left your comments. I apologize for the delay in my response, as my internet connection has been sketchy at best for several days, but I’m back in business now! Nice to know you and best wishes with your own writing!

  23. Very though-provoking! Mozart’s music is often praised for being organized and ‘mathematical’, some researchers even claim it helps students get better results if they listen to it 15 minutes before studying for a test. I’d be curious to know if and how you’d feel your writing was affected by it!

    • I used to listen to classical music in college while studying. I don’t know if it made a difference, as I was a good student and studied a great deal to begin with. I will definitely pull out my Mozart CDs and take a stab at some poetry and see what happens 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  24. Great post Sheila. I love to write to music. When the music matches the feel of the writing i find it fuels the fire. I call it my writing soundtrack. Red Hot Chili Peppers for my novel Suicide City. Matchbox 20 for my current WIP.

    A friend of mine and I tend to find a song for every situation. If something is said or happens we will look at each other and break out into the same song. Music is life.

    • Julie: Thanks so much! I love Red Hot Chili Peppers and can imagine their sound can inspire something fantastic – can’t wait to read your novel! I’m kind of a theme song person, too, and I suppose that’s from listening to so many styles of music over the years and enjoying it thoroughly. You’re definitely correct in that music can fuel the fire and has for me, too. So glad you stopped by. I am truly sorry it has taken me this long to respond – my internet connection was a terrible mess over the past few days but I’m up and running again!

  25. Music definitley helps me concentrate with my writing, however, when I get really into writing I can ‘surface’ a couple of hours later and suddenly realise the music stopped ages ago and I didn’t notice 😀 (same with reading or studying)

  26. In my undergrad and grad school days, I wrote many a college paper (and researched them as well) listening to all different sorts of music. In particular (as I was recently recalling on someone else’s site, I really liked Laurie Andersen during the 80’s–she was a performance artist/musician, for those of you who don’t know her work), I did my so-called “creative” writing to music very often, and inspiration seemed to flow from the music I heard to me, so that I was somehow creating characters, events, and literary textures “from” what I heard. Andersen did an especially gifted piece about Adam and Eve and the snake which was very interesting–I can’t remember the precise title, but Adam didn’t exactly emerge as the hero. And then, there was her very interesting line “Language is a virus from outer space.” Loved it! I guess I’ve really dated myself by that admission. Never mind, I like Ben Folds and Liz Phair too!

    • Hey! Thanks so much for your thoughts! I love hearing how music has impacted others. That is a cool line by the way about language being a virus from outer space – what a novel way of thinking 🙂

  27. P.S. Plants really are like people! I should preface this remark by saying that I like all kind of music except country (though I do kind of giggle at the lyrics of Hot Club of Cowtown or whatever it is–Western swing). But a number of years ago there was some research which “proved” that plants grew better (or at least more symetrically, arguably better to some) to Mozart and Bach (see one of your other writers’ remarks about Mozart above. Who knew? So if trying to train roses to fit an espalier in the garden, just pipe them out some baroque music and see if they don’t cooperate better!

    • I definitely need to try this with my roses but more importantly, I wonder if I can’t find some music to deter the Japanese Beetles that take over my gardens every summer, destroying every bud in site! I’d give it a try at this point 🙂

  28. Amazing post… I think that music really reflects in writing, especially likes and dislikes. I listen to music before I write to inspire me, but to listen to it when you write is a totally different thing. I think it changes your opinion on what you are going to write.

    And then you write music… a different thing again! I think what you read/write effects the style of music. The worlds of music and writing revolve around each other. And my life revolves around both.

    🙂 Brilliant blog by the way 😉

    • I so appreciate your kind comments! And I am truly sorry it has taken me so long to respond – I’ve had a very sketchy internet connection over the past few days but I seem to be back in business now! Good to know someone else who also enjoys the creative process of music and writing so much, too! I’ll definitely come by to check your blog out 🙂

  29. love your piece here shiela with its dark feel and the dangers in regards of an unsung path. NIN – well now, trent reznor when he was a young lad live about 70 miles from me in a small town called mercer pa. one of the stories i heard is that he spent many of days in a tent while living at home. i’ll have to say that his early stuff was far too dark for me but his latest stuff i really like – especially “the hand that feeds.” still on vacato here in NC and will go to raleigh for an open mic on thursday:))

    • You are really having a nice long visit – good for you! Thanks for popping in and commenting. NIN is dark, indeed. Great piece of history there you shared – thanks for that. I’ve had a terrible internet connection over the past few days, but I hope your open mic went well last night! 🙂

      • i got back home on friday night. didn’t particulary like the area around washington and baltimore – not in either of them but it’s the traffic that surrounds them. trent reznor was very dark when he first came out, but the newer stuff lighter and quit the drugs and such. open mic went well as i read two pieces. a lady said nice stuff. i have to assume that your internet connection might have been related to your trip perhaps. my trip was nice indeed:)

  30. I really enjoy listening to music, especially ones with lyrics that touch me at that particular moment when I’m reaching out for a connection. However, I when I write I always do it in silence because I need that focus. It’ll be a good experiment to at least try writing with music to see what masterpiece I come up with lol.

    Thank you for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • Thanks! It was exciting to see so many people getting involved with my blog and commenting! I hope you do experiment with the writing and music – see what happens for you 🙂 Let me know if you produce that masterpiece!

  31. Sheila, your post made me think of new and wonderful ways to respond to music. I usually paint or organize my photos and artwork to the sound of progressive rock. Was inspired today to write down the stream of consciousness images and actions that I always free associate with the music. I’ve gone and posted it on my blog – Spirit Soaking Music. Thanks, I look forward to more of your writing!

    • Great! I’ll have to check your blog out, too! So glad you stopped by and commented. I do love the way music can be helpful to artists, writers and anyone if they allow the emotion of the music to inspire.

  32. Wonderful post! Music is an obsession for me. Music can always influence my writing. Many times it spins movies in my head that I try to express through word. (poetry or story) Music feels like breath to me on some days, and helps me find words for the emotions that I do not understand. (NIN awesome!) 🙂

    • I love your comment that “music feels like breath to me” – it does to me, too. And it definitely helps me to explore those emotions I’m trying to write. So glad you popped in and commented! So sorry it’s taken me this long to respond – I’ve had a next-to-nothing internet connection for the past few days but I’m back in business now! Thanks again for your thoughts!!

  33. I never really thought about how the music I listen to affects my writing, but I am certainly aware of how much of my life could use a good soundtrack. There are just so many moments where I can envision the perfect music to just solidify a scene. I think music moves us deeply, in so many ways.
    Congrats on the FP!
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  34. I’m a huge music lover 🙂 I usually listen to soft instrumental versions or old solo melodies. Listening to Sinatra and Andy Williams always helps 🙂

    Great post 🙂

  35. Music is the world. It gets in the way of my judgement too many times though, because I feel so committed to certain artists. My very first blog post a few weeks ago was about the best British albums of this century. It was harder than I thought to pass comment, and Morrissey to me was just impossible to write about. What can you say about a man you rate so highly? I’m a youngish lad and get called ‘alternative’ by my mates because I listen to Elvis, Sinatra, The Smiths, The Who, Stone Roses etc. But these are among the biggest artists of all time, and much more successful than most of the crap in the charts? If anything you’d say I was a sheep? Strange.

    Lovely post 😀

    • So glad you popped in to comment! You’ve put a new spin on what I call “alternative” music lol – I love classic rock myself – The Eagles, Aerosmith, Tom Petty – but then I love throwbacks like Joss Stone with her sultry sound. I totally dig Norah Jones. I have a complete fascination with some singer songwriters from the 70s/80s. Give me Roberta Flack anytime. When I want to dance I want hip hop. When I want to cry give me Adele. Bob Dylan is on my list of great songwriters. NIN, as in my post, stirs something completely different. Music is powerful in all its forms if we allow it to touch us. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  36. I feel so identified with this post! Music influences my life in most aspects. When partying, music is the first I notice and the aspect that I remember the most afterwards. I need certain types of hard rock when I am angry and frustrated and softer rock or chill out when not. I also need to explore what´s out there. I could not live without music! Thanks for posting this – it has made my day!

  37. I feel the same about music too. I love listening to it, and I choose a song inspired by the mood I’m in. When I listen to a song, first I listen the lyrics, and then how it sounds. The lyrics are what inspire and put me in a mood or another. Like yourself, I give a chance to every song I find. Also, the old songs that I listened years ago, if I hear them now, thy put me in the state of mind I had then, so, sometimes I can’t listen to a song that reminds me of something sad:) Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that there are others that feel the same about music, as you do:)

    • Hi Carmen! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. There really is no greater inspiration than music is there? And it truly is amazing how a certain song can transport us back to another time in our lives.

  38. music can sometimes take me into a whole different world. I remember when I was 18 and I went to a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan concert. I dont know if you have heard of him but he was quite famous for his trance inducing voice. I didnt understand that till I was there. My eyes closed and all I could hear was his voice (no I was neither stoned nor drunk!!) and he even said he was going to do the effect of the wind with his voice. I was lost, just swaying like a dork with my eyes closed. I remember opening them at the applause and just exhaling and saying wow again and again. One memory i’ll cherish for the rest of my life. I went to 2 more concerts before his death.

    • That’s great that you had such an amazing experience. There is nothing like being swept away by a true artist, huh? I love being transported away by a lovely song. Thank you so much for stopping in 🙂

  39. There are actually some songs I can’t listen to as often as I like because they make me hurt. I’m not sure if that makes any sense at all, but when I listen to those songs I feel a type of, I don’t know, I guess a tingle underneath my skin. Bjork’s “Pagan Poetry” is one of those.

    • It totally makes sense. I feel the exact same way about some songs. I simply cannot listen to them. But doesn’t that show us how we are wired to absorb the magic of music? Thank you for your comments! Really appreciated 🙂

  40. I live my life to a constant soundtrack of music. I’m always amazed how listening to a song or songs can change your mood. Nothing, in the scheme of things, has actually changed to make you feel like that but it connects.

    I saw someone had posted Einaudi on the comments and I would recommend listening to him too- his music is incredibly soothing. I also like listening to ‘post-rock’ which is wordless and just as thought provoking in my opinion though slightly more well, rock. Perhaps listen to 65daysofstatic- radio protector as a good place to start 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jxvy7W9bqo (I’m not technical enough to get the video to show up haha)

  41. I totally understand. I find that music greatly inspires me. As a matter of fact all my pieces are my take on a certain song. Not to plug my own page but I feel it’s exactly what you’re talking about.

  42. I like to play “If this story were a musical, this character would sing this song,” and create a playlist of music that tells the emotional story. It helps me get to know the characters, and sometimes drives plots and twists. I have a lot of time listening to music over my two-hour commute each day. Music is an essential part of my writing process. Glad to see other people do the same thing too.

    • Bless your heart on the 2 hour commute! At least you do get to listen to music. I think it’s really cool that so many of us who write use music as a tool, inspiration and drive for our work. So glad you stopped in to share! 🙂

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