I started a new page in order to share some of the music I have found most inspirational recently. I included a copy below, but it will change frequently so feel free to stop in occasionally to see an updated list.
Musical inspiration brought to me by Pandora.
Music figures heavily into my creative process. It blocks out distractions so I can concentrate on writing and creating. It also helps in setting a tone to my creativity. Modern music works well with contemporary stories, but for fantasy, it just doesn’t work as well. I love using Pandora because no matter what mood I’m trying to create, I can support it musically. My tastes are rather varied and eclectic, so don’t be surprised if you raise your eyebrows a time or two at songs that show up on my lists. If you like anything on the list or would like to make a recommendation, please feel free to comment.
I’ll link to Amazon MP3’s (not always the greatest) if you want a taste of what they sound like. Sometimes iTunes is a better source, if you have access to the store.
- Fade Into You by Mazzy Star, Album: So Tonight That I Might See
- Arise by E. S. Posthumus, Album: Makara – This is my favorite artist to use when writing fantasy. The sweeping sounds fit perfectly with movie style scenes.
- Imagine Dragons Album: Continued Silence – 4 songs have been a staple the last couple of months Radioactive Demons Round and Round It’s Time
- Madness by Muse, Album: The Second Law
- Them Shoes by Patrick Sweany, Album: Every Hour Is A Dollar Gone
- Final Russian by Talkdemonic, Album: Mutiny Sunshine
- House of Cards by Audiomachine, Album: Chronicles – This whole album is really great when I’m writing in the fantasy genre.
- We Swarm by The Glitch Mob, Album: Drink The Sea – This one is great to have in the background when I’m really trying to up my word count, as long as the scene has some action in it. I have to say, I like most of the songs on this album.
- Angel by Massive Attack, Album: Mezzanine – This song is a little slower, and while it has lyrics, it still works when I’m writing fantasy. Again, a favorite artist.
- Ghostwriter by RJD2, Album: Deadringer – As you can tell, I like it funky.
- 6 Underground by Sneaker Pimps, Album: Becoming X – Nice, steady beat; kinda funky, which I like.
- Arizona by Kings of Leon, Album: Because of the Times – I like pretty much anything by this group. Doesn’t matter what genre I’m working on, Kings of Leon will be playing at some point.
- Never Mess With Sunday by Yppah, Album: Eighty One – Upbeat, a little funky but no lyrics; Good for helping me add to my word count quickly.
- Edge of the Ocean by Ivy, Album: Long Distance – While I usually don’t like lyrics when I’m working on an epic fantasy, this one is great to write to.
- Royksopp Forever by Royksopp, Album: Junior – This one is a favorite and can work in multiple genres. I haven’t heard any other songs by this artist that I particularly like, but something about this one just speaks to me
- Adagio for Tron by Daft Punk, Album: Tron Legacy – Adagio is good no matter what version it is. This one is a slower version and works with emotional scenes.
- Last Days by Max Richter, Album: Memoryhouse – Not liking much else on this album, but there is something about this song that gets the synapses firing and my fingers moving.