Writing Playlist Summer 2013

Well this is awkward, I wanted to post about my new writing playlist. In the past, I used Spotify and it wasn’t too bad export the list to make it postable, (words not the music itself – though sharing that on Spotify was easy too if someone had Spotify). Now I’ve switched to Amazon Cloud Player – all my tracks stored within easy reach of my phone and my laptop without the chaos of thousands of MP3’s loitering, in many cases with duplicates of duplicates.

However, Amazon don’t make it particularly easy to export the text of a playlist – so to show you mine it has to be a cut and paste job via Excel – took two copies and pastes to get the whole thing out. This is how dedicated I am to sharing.

This is actually my longest list thus far, and it’s just under half what it started off as. However I’m happy with it.

Music is, and always has been important to my writing process, for three reasons:

  1. It gaves me pacing and rhythm
  2. It focuses the mind, and it can distract the mind from over focusing
  3. It’s inspirational

For me to add it to a writing playlist it usually has to conform to three out of these four criteria:

  1. It requires no effort to ignore
  2. It doesn’t jar with the worlds I’m trying to create
  3. It fits with world’s I’m trying to create
  4. It eggs me on, exercise music for the brain

Of course there are always exceptions, and it’s entirely subjective, which it’s my list, and probably in it’s entirety only works for me. However, I share to compare and discuss, so feel free to comment with any suggestions.

My playist for Writing, Summer 2013

Track Artist/Band
You Picked Me A Fine Frenzy
Thunderstruck ACDC
Skyfall Adele
Poison Alice Cooper
When You Leave (Numa Numa) (Basshunter Radio Edit) Alina
The Planets Suite, Op.32 – Mars The Bringer Of War Ambrosian Chorus – Ladies Royal …
Let’s Start A Band Amy MacDonald
Mr Rock & Roll Amy MacDonald
The Belgian Detective (theme from Poirot) Andy Findon
Do You Remember Ane Brun
Bittersweet Apocalyptica
Toreador II Apocalyptica
Jerusalem Barry Wordsworth, BBC Concert Or…
Land of Hope and Glory – Arr. from “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 1 Barry Wordsworth, BBC Concert Or…
Samson and Delilah (From ‘Samson and Delilah’) Bear McCreary
My Country (The Moldau River) Bedrich Smetana
Anxiety (feat. Papa Roach) Black Eyed Peas
Heaven And Hell Black Sabbath
Equus Blonde Redhead
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult
Mr. Vain Culture Beat
No More Memory cyriak
Wonder Dan Black
Don’t Think Of Me Dido
Thank You Dido
The Day Before the Day Dido
Us 2 Little Gods Dido
I Invented The Night Electric Six
‘Till I Collapse Eminem
Bring Me To Life Evanescence
Going Under Evanescence
Epic Faith No More
The Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”) Felix Mendelssohn
Low Foo Fighters
Down In The Park Foo Fighters
Toca’s Miracle (Radio Edit) Fragma
Push It Garbage
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Green Day
Barracuda Heart
Afraid To Shoot Strangers Iron Maiden
Chains Of Misery Iron Maiden
Fear Is The Key Iron Maiden
Fear Of The Dark Iron Maiden
The Apparition Iron Maiden
Weekend Warrior Iron Maiden
Bad Things Jace Everett
A Weekend In The Country Jeeves and Wooster
Canon in D Major Johann Pachelbel
Born to be a dancer Kaiser Chiefs
I Predict A Riot Kaiser Chiefs
Boxing Champ Kaiser Chiefs
My Kind Of Guy Kaiser Chiefs
Katie Cruel Karen Dalton
Too Much Kylie Minogue
Born To Die Lana Del Rey
Dark Paradise Lana Del Rey
Lucky Ones Lana Del Rey
Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey
Video Games Lana Del Rey
Not Fair [Explicit] Lily Allen
The Fear [Explicit] Lily Allen
Piano Sonata No. 14 In C# Minor. Op. 27 No 2 Moonlight (Adagio/Presto) Ludwig van Beethoven
I Am Not A Robot Marina And The Diamonds
The Outsider Marina And The Diamonds
Vivaldi Rocks Mark Wood
Blue Sky Meat Loaf
Blue Sky / Mad Mad World / The Good God Is A Woman And She Don’t Like Ugly Meat Loaf
California Dreamin’ Meat Loaf
Stand In The Storm Meat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf
Tornero (Romania) Mihai Traistariu
Hall Of The Mountain King – [Peer Gynt] Milano Classic Rock Orchestra
Swanlake – [Peter I. Tchaikovski] Milano Classic Rock Orchestra
Symphony No. 5 – [Ludwig Van Beethoven] Milano Classic Rock Orchestra
Pictures At An Exhibition, Promenade Modest Mussorgsky
Shine Mr. Big
Butterflies & Hurricanes Muse
Endlessly Muse
Sing for Absolution Muse
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist Muse
Exo-Politics Muse
Knights Of Cydonia Muse
Starlight Muse
Unintended Muse
Muscle Museum (Full Length Version) Muse
Instant Messenger Muse
Neutron Star Collision [Love is Forever] – Soundtrack Version Muse
New Born Muse
Megalomania Muse
Plug In Baby Muse
Sober Muse
Easily Muse
Madness Muse
Supremacy Muse
Survival Muse
The 2nd Law – Isolated System Muse
The 2nd Law – Unsustainable Muse
I Belong To You [+Mon Coeur S’Ouvre A Ta Voix] Muse
Resistance Muse
United States Of Eurasia [+Collateral Damage] Muse
Uprising Muse
Mr. Crowley Ozzy Osbourne
From A Mountain In The Middle Of The Cabins Panic! At The Disco
The Piano Knows Something I Don’t Know Panic! At The Disco
Innuendo Queen
Sonne Rammstein
Us Regina Spektor
Die Walkure, Ride of the Valkyries Richard Wagner
Love Somebody Robbie Williams
Sexed Up Robbie Williams
Supreme Robbie Williams
Rock You Like a Hurricane Scorpions
Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43, Var. 18, Ardante Cantabile Sergei Rachmaninoff
Romeo And Juliet Op. 64 (Montagus And Capulets) Sergey Prokofiev
Gold Spandau Ballet
Inside Stiltskin
Golden Brown Stranglers
Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
Chop Suey System of a Down
All The Things She Said (Original Album Version (Edited)) t.A.T.u.
Null And Void t.A.T.u.
1812 Overture Op.49 – Finale Tchaikovsky
House of the Rising Sun The Animals
Good Vibrations (1999 – Remaster) The Beach Boys
Hella Bar Talk, Enterprising Young Men – From Star Trek The City of Prague Philharmonic …
Air On a G-String The Fucking Champs
Sunny Afternoon The Kinks
Summer In The City – 2003 Remaster The Lovin’ Spoonful
Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) – Edit Single Version The Moody Blues
I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow The Soggy Bottom Boys
Beethoven Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Fur Elise Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Mephistopheles’ Return Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Misery Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Mozart \ Figaro Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Paint It Black Vanessa Carlton
Saturday Night Whigfield
Overture: The Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Greensleeves Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

If you’ve ever seen my playlists before, there is nearly always a large contingent of Muse songs – by far their music is the most inspirational to me, and has been for many years. Foo Fighters are an occaisional alternative – somehow the books I’ve read while listening to their music stands out the most, it always seem to somehow fit what I was reading. Always helps to have those kind of memories when writing.

Enjoy, and I’ve love to hear thoughts, opinions, and suggestions.

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