Writing Playlists

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m working on something, I like to have music playing in the background. The music lets me zone out other noises and focus on what I’m working on. Sometimes the music can actually influence the pace that I am working at or what I am working on. Other times, the music is just there to force me to concentrate on my work.

If I’m working on a drawing, I may listen to any old song unless there’s a particular song that inspired the drawing. Writing, on the other hand, I tend to create a playlist specifically for the story I am writing. I fill it with songs I feel are befitting to the story’s atmosphere (and throw in a few songs that aren’t, but I want to listen to anyway as well). If I’m writing some realistic story, I’m more likely to put songs that remind me of certain real emotions into a playlist. If I’m writing fantasy, I’ll pull out any tracks that have a particular “fantasy” feel I want and place them into a playlist.

For Love Me Softly, I primarily wrote to my brokeNCYDE playlist (which is just a playlist of my favourite songs from that band) in November and for the final stretch, I wrote to a playlist called “Random”, which contained Simon Curtis’s entire R△ album, a bunch of songs from Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album, “Second to None” by Chris Crocker, and a few Hyper Techno tracks I wanted to throw into the mix. In between that, I just listened to songs I felt like listening to, brokeNCYDE, and Chris Crocker (who has a few songs that were more than befitting for the story’s plotline).

For my novel for this month, The Embellished Romance Under the Bright Stars, I felt that writing to “Random” wasn’t right for the story. Perhaps it was because I spent weeks listening to “Random” for LMS that I felt like I couldn’t write to it or that some of the songs on that playlist I felt were attached to some of my short stories. I was trying to make a new playlist for myself to work on my story. Today, I managed to actually do that. It primarily contains instrumental tracks from TV shows and video games with a few other songs in between.

The playlist contains (in Alphabetical order):
“After the Chase” by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Doctor Who)
“Another Day Another Night” by Alexis
“Around the World (La La La La La)” by ATC
“Avalon” by Lou Grant
“Awakening” by Scooter
“Big Love Adagio” by Bond
“Campfire” by Alan Menken (Tangled)
“Clock Town – Day 1 Redux” by Zelda Reorchestrated (Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask)
“The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
“Electric Chapel” by Lady Gaga
“The Forest of Outset Island” by Koji Kondo (Legend of Zelda: Windwaker)
“Forsaken Fortress” by Koji Kondo (Legend of Zelda: Windwaker)
“Gridlocked Cassinis” by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Doctor Who)
“Hyrule Castle Courtyard” (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
“Hyrule Castle Courtyard Redexu” by Zelda Reorchestrated (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
“Madame de Pompadour” by Murray Gold
“Market” (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
“Marry the Night” by Lady Gaga
“Move It Up” by Cappella
“One Night in Rio” by E.C. James
“Power of Magic (The New Mix)” by Alphatown
“Princess Fairy” by Gold Tiara
“Proposal/Down the Hole” by Danny Elfman
“The Runaway Bridge” by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Doctor Who)
“Shop” (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
“Shop” by Zelda Reorchestrated (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
“Speed” by Bond
“Take Me Forever” by Digital Planet
“This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home” by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Doctor Who)
“Track 12” by Unknown (…I really don’t know who it is, haha)
“Unit” by Murray Gold (Doctor Who)
“Until” by ATC
“With Love, Vincent (feat. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales)” by Murray Gold (Doctor Who)
“クグツガノン (クモモード) [Kugutsu Ganon (Kumo Mode)]” by Koji Kondo (Legend of Zelda: Windwaker)
“クグツガノン (虫モード) [Kugutsu Ganon [Mushi Mode]” by Koji Kondo
“ふれあい [Fureai]” by Miyazaki Shinji (Pokémon movie 8)
“贈呈式 [Zouteishiki]” by Miyazaki Shinji (Pokémon movie 8)
“1997~1998-M09” by Miyazaki Shinji (Pokémon)
“1997~1998-M42” by Miyazaki Shinji (Pokémon)
“1999~2001-M15” by Miyazaki Shinji (Pokémon)

I’m actually surprised this playlist is so short. I thought I was going to throw in more music from The Legend of Zelda, but that didn’t happen.

So what about you writers (or anyone who works on something)? What’s in your playlist?