Sunday, November 6, 2011
Do You Read and Write to Music?
Do you listen to music when you read? When you write? Well, I do—and I love it! It always puts me in the mood and sets the stage.
Some readers of romance like to read in silence. I can respect that. Some writers of romance like silence when they are creating their stories. Not me. I like music that puts me in the scene, even motivates me when I write. One writer of vampire romance told me she likes to write to urban rock. Well, I can see that for some scenes, but for me it’s quite different.
Today I thought I’d share with you the music I love to read and write by—and I’d love to hear from you!
Below I’ve listed some wonderful music that you might try. I have a 3-hour playlist. Sometimes I download only one song on an album (using iTunes). Other times I can use nearly the whole album. Before I add a song to my playlist, I always screen it to make sure it fits. (You do notice when a song makes you look up from the page!) I have a main playlist and a Scottish/Celtic playlist, and I alternate between them depending on what time and place my head is in.
Generally, I use movie scores. My favorite composer is the French composer, Alexandre Desplat. You might not know his name but I’m certain you have heard his music.
Here are some of the albums I have used:
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
· Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
· The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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!