Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Calling All Music Lovers

As some of you may remember, I don't listen to music much. I even drive and write in silence. My life is noisy, and when I can have Quiet, I invite it in.

However, as I was reading a blogpost by Stephanie Perkins this morning, she said:

When I've decided on the tone of the scene I'm writing, I seek out music that reflects that tone, and I listen to those songs for hours, days, weeks on end.

Since she is about to be published, I figure it must work. I thought I'd give it a try because my manuscript needs some serious momentum.

But I don't know many songs, which is why I'm posting. Here are my upcoming "scene tones." Any suggestions on accompanying soundtrack would be very helpful.

Moonlight Mysterious

Fear, Darkness, and Shadows

Reluctantly Falling in Love

Discovery, Power, and post-apocolyptic Happiness

Bring on the music!


  1. I think Sarah McLachlan might be just what you need. Her songs are next to your titles.

    Moonlight Mysterious - Building a Mystery
    Fear, Darkness, Shadows - Fear
    Reluctantly Falling in Love - Sweet, Surrender/Ice Cream

    I'll try to think of some more, but now I have to go get my kiddos! :)

  2. You have me thinking!

    Reluctantly Falling in Love: John Mayer's albums Continuim or Why Georgia.
    And anything by Michale Buble
    Moonlight Mysteries: Soundtrack from Phantom of the Opera
    Fear, Darkness, Shadow: The Phantom might work for this too. Or maybe the Lord of The Rings.

  3. Gravity by Sara Bareilles is awesome for reluctantly falling in love. And let me comb through my music for your other themes. And, welcome to the dark side. :)

  4. I always listen to film scores when I write. To me, they capture emotion better than any other kind of music. And as a bonus, no lyrics to distract.

    All three of The Lord of the Rings soundtracks are about as perfect as they come. They have it all: suspense, longing, epic moments, etc.

    Also try the soundtracks for Chinese films like Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. All of them excellent.

    Anyway, that's just my suggestions. Enjoy your musical discovery. :)

  5. Okay, more Reluctant Love (can you tell I have a book with this in it)-
    Never Say Never by the Fray
    Fall For You by Secondhand Seranade
    Leave Right Now by Will Young

    Moonlight Mysterious-Angel by Sarah MaLachan

    Fear, Darkness, Shadows--One Last Breath by Creed
    Half Life by Duncan Sheik

    Okay, my kids just got home. Gotta run.

  6. Wow, what a great response. I'm excited to listen! Any more suggestions are definitely welcome.

  7. Music is huge for me. I think I have a song that represents each and every scene in my book. Good luck finding yours!

  8. I don't listen to music when I write, but I like Evanescence. They have a few songs that make me think of characters and stuff. ;-)

  9. How about classical? It doesn't have words to it (except opera) so it won't distract you too much. Try "The Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven. And Carmina Burana by Orff

  10. I am so out of it when it comes to music. I like the quiet too - such a rare commodity around here. But reading these other comments - I love Sarah M. and The Phantom Soundtrack is awesome, although they are on total opposite ends of the spectrum. The movie soundtracks are a good idea too. I'm interested to hear what you pick. Good luck!

  11. i look for music and write to it. it helps me stay in the scene.

    it also helps me tune out the screaming kids :)

  12. I'm a huge fan of Muse for writing. It has that post-apocalyptic feel, but, as for listening to music while you write, you have to do what works for you. It doesn't work for everyone. Some people are distracted by it.

  13. awww how cool!!

    it's always interesting to see how music works for some people and totally doesn't for others. i can't actually write while listening to music, but one of my books was inspired by a song i couldn't get out of my head :D

    thanks for sharing and best of luck with everything!!