Music to Write by

Last week, my class was working on posters for International Education Week and I put on some music while they were working. I tried to find songs on Youtube that everyone might like or at least things that I liked. After a few songs, I put on Lana del Ray’s Summertime Sadness, which I really love. One of the students, a 20-year-old Venezuelan guy gave me a look, as in “Really? You like this?” I defended myself by teaching them the word eclectic as in “Shut up, I have eclectic tastes in music” and then changed songs.

The fact is, I do love a very wide range of songs that produce some sort of emotional response in me. After all, as a writer I’m trying to evoke an emotional response in the reader, so call it research.

I listen to music when I write since it fuels the creativity pumps deep inside my spirit. Here is a sampling of songs that I really love and that help me in my writing. I can’t guarantee you’ll like all of them and actually, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t like all of them, since what would the odds be of that? (I also like Nightcore-style music, so some of these songs are the Nightcore remix version).

Et Huomaa – Irina

L’autre – Mireille Mathieu

Fear of the Dark – Iron Maiden

Dust in the Wind – Kansas

Popcorn – Hot Butter

Blessed be Your Name – Matt Redman

Courtesy Call – Thousand Foot Krutch

Anima Libera – Emi

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

Brother Louie – Modern Talking

Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire OST

Lady – Styx

Classical Gas – Vanessa Mae

Vampire Kiss (Nightcore version)

Helele – Velile & Safri Duo

Kernkraft 400 – Zombie Nation

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

And for my friend Miles, who also loves this song:

Kyrie – Mr. Mister

Do you listen to music when you write? What kinds of music helps you write the most?

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About David Stewart

I am a writer of anything quirky and weird. I love most genres of fiction and in each there are stories that I would consider "my kind of story". View all posts by David Stewart

12 responses to “Music to Write by

  • Miles Rost

    Well, obviously, since I was mentioned, I have to respond in some way.

    For me, the music that has inspired me in the past has been smooth jazz music. The Mayumi series that I have written is done with smooth jazz as the inspiration. I also do a lot with 80s music. Anything that catches my ears really does it.

    The key is that the music has to evoke a very strong emotional response for me to write. I’ve had many times where I tried to write something, but it never came out properly. A lot of that is due to my current job situation where it takes a lot of my energy.

    But, if anyone cares to come over to http://musicandfiction.com/ and take a look at what’s there, I think you’ll find some awesome musical writings. 🙂

  • Jacqui Murray

    Songza (free app) lets you curate a song list for the classroom. You might try that for your great list.

  • lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I do not listen to music while i write. I find it too distracting. That has not always been the case but it is these days.

  • 7128788elf

    I listen to and like many sorts of music while I write, and if I don’t actually have something on, then my mind plays some music. I often however listen to twentieth and twenty first century classical music, as it involves the mind, taking one deep into the creative soul. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

    • David Stewart

      What sorts of modern classical music do you like? I don’t know which composers are good. I find that if I don’t have music on, I find the silence distracting.

      • 7128788elf

        There is a huge range of music, so find some that you like and go from there. Composers that I like include Francis Poulenc, Pierre Boulez, Vincent D’indy, Benjamin Britain, Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Philip Glass, John Adams, Shostakovitch, Reich,
        Arthur Bliss, Copland,and many others. Charles.

  • Amy Reese

    What a mix you have, although many I’ve never heard. It depends on my mood. Often times I don’t write to music, except in the case of NaNoWriMo. I needed music then. It would need to be kind of background music. I’ll have to check out your links!

  • Madhu

    Eclectic is an understatement!! I did enjoy the first two. Shall return for the rest. Was surprised to find ‘Jai Ho’ listed under ‘creativity enhancing’ music. That makes me want to jump up and dance 🙂

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