August 8, 2012 by Jackie Lea Sommers
For you writers out there, do you listen to music while you write? What kind? How loud? Lyrics or no? Do you make playlists based on what you’re writing?
My preferences have changed over time, but I find that now I like to write to music with no lyrics, usually background music from movies. Right now I am loving Harry Gregson-Williams (the early Narnia albums), Carter Burwell (Where the Wild Things Are), Alexandre Desplat (Deathly Hallows and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), along with other Potter composers like Nicholas Hooper, John Williams, and Patrick Doyle. So good. Carter Burwell has a song called “Life Death Birth” (which is from the Breaking Dawn album, don’t judge me) that is just so wonderful to write to.
Sometimes I make playlists to get myself into a particular mood/attitude while I am working a particular scene. I have a “sadness” playlist, a “you can do it!” playlist, a “falling in love” playlist, and a “confused” playlist. My friend Caitlin thinks I am silly but endearing. Ha!
Would love to hear how music influences your writing! Please comment!