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writing mixtape

Something that came up in the writing group was the idea of compiling a "soundtrack" for a story.

I'm not good at writing with music on; I find it too distracting.  But it can help me get in the right mood for thinking about a particular story.  I have a moderate commute, and I often use that time to think about the current writing-related puzzle, or to let my characters wander about and do things.  (It's a mixed blessing if I come up with something useful on the way to work....) 

For me, the tone of the whole song - lyrics included - is important for setting mood.


Here's the current mix for the main project:

-- "Tone Poem" by Midnight Oil
-- "Catch the Light" by Sin Fang Bous
-- "Five in the Morning" by Lucy Kaplansky
-- "Polaris" by Jimmy Eat World
-- "Shut Your Eyes" by Snow Patrol
-- "God Says Nothing Back" by The Wallflowers
-- "Blue Caravan" by Vienna Teng
-- "Dream About Flying" by Alexi Murdoch
 -- "Human" by Civil Twilight
-- "Don't Panic" by Coldplay
-- "What's an Ocean For" by White Whale
-- "Fall on Me" by R.E.M.
-- "We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service
-- "This is Him (Hurricane Song)" by Virginia Coalition
-- "Send Me on My Way" by Rusted Root
-- "Upward Over the Mountain" by Iron & Wine

Many of those songs came my way from Pandora:  I seeded a station with a handful of soundtrack-likely songs, and was pleasantly surprised by the result.  The station can't quite stand on its own as a soundtrack - too many jarring segues - but for expanding the story-compatible song list (and my musical options in general), it's been wonderful.

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skaftanski
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Just reading DeLint's "Onion Girl"
...and he is fairly upfront about his soundtrack in the Forward. (Not music I'm familiar with mostly, but I appreciate that he went thru the exercise.)

Right now reading "Mind Chi" with Doug Wagner; we're fairly convinced that Holst's "The Planets" is THAT soundtrack. -Steve K'ski
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