The connection between music and writing? What do you listen to?

For no reason, other than that I was in a pondering sort of mood, I really sat down and thought about.

I have something like 561 tracks qued for my “Writing Music” playlist. As I was writing a chapter this morning, I noticed, curiously, how well the music was matching the scene. It was a very neat coincidence. And then I started to wonder, “Well, how does music convey a feeling, or a mood?”

I honestly don’t know. Some music makes me want to write the scene or suspenseful, other tracks make me want to write the scene soft, and maybe romantic. Still other tracks are just so damn epic I have to take down a little note about the scene that comes into my head. I freaking love music.

When I was younger, I listened to the soundtrack for the Prince of Egypt (I’m talking like… when I was 11, tops.) And some of the scores on the soundtrack were so emotional for my little eleven year old brain, that I saw a series of events in my head, like I was watching a scene painted by the sounds. I think I may have cried, but I was 11, so I probably cried at alot of weird stuff. I found that cd the other day, and listened to it for nostalgia’s sake, and I had the same ‘movie’ in my head.

This post really has no point other than to convey the depth of awe I have for music and writing.

I feel like, if I was going to use some sort of clever analogy here, it’d be “If writing was a snowcone, music would be the bottle the flavor comes out.” A little far reaching, and I may just be hungry, but still.

What do you listen to when you write? Do you listen to music at all? Do you need absolute quiet? I envy those of you who can write to any music. I wish I could write to music that has words, but I always ended up either distracted or singing along; I’m not very productive with word music. Soundtracks and orchestral stuff I’m all over. Even occasional dubstep. Mostly notably stuff like what Two Steps From Hell do. I know some people who need absolute silence to write. I don’t even those people, unless they have a nice quiet office somewhere.

Anyway, thats my thoughts on music for the day. If anybody gets this far and has music to share, I wouldn’t mind adding something new to my playlist.


Posted on December 7, 2012, in Journal and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. oh man i just posted on the exact same topic.. :) lol..
    great minds think…

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