Sunday, August 19, 2012
Do your read or write to music?
Do you listen to music when you read? When you write? Well, I do—and I love it! I find it soothing and the kind I listen to puts me in the mood of the historical romances I'm reading (or these days, writing). It sets the stage.
Today I thought I’d share with you my updated playlist..or much of it...the music I love to read and write by. My favorite composer is the French filmscore composer, Alexandre Desplat (pictured above). He's been nominated four times for an Oscar and is one of the most acclaimed composers of his generation. It was his joint passion for music and cinema that led him firmly in the direction of composition for film. He believes that a great film score should find a balance between function and fiction. Function will ensure that the music fits well into the mechanics of the film but the fiction can tap into the invisible - the deep psychology and emotions of the characters, creating a "vibration." When I listen to his scores, I feel that emotion.
You might not know his name but I’m certain you have heard his music.
Here are some of the scores I have selected from, in some cases using almost all of the album:
By Alexandre Desplat:
• Coco Before Channel
• Girl With a Pearl Earring
• The King’s Speech
• The Twilight Saga: New Moon
• Lust, Caution
• The Painted Veil
• The Golden Compass
• The Queen
• Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close
• Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
• The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
To those works of Desplat, I have added the following:
By James Newton Howard:
• Peter Pan
• The Village
• The Water Horse
• Lady in the Water
• Becoming Jane (Adrian Johnston)
• Pride & Prejudice (Jean-Yves Thibaudet)
• Celtic Romance (David Arkenstone)
• December and Forest albums (George Winston)
• The Duchess (Rachel Portman)
I’d love to hear from you. Do you listen to music when you read? Or, if you are a romance writer, when you write? If so, share your favorites with me!