My Music Playlists
I get a lot of questions about what kind of music I listen to when I write. The truth is, it varies. A lot. I’m one of those people who is kind of obsessed with music and I like all kinds of genres and artists. So what I listen to is usually just dependant on whatever I’m in the mood for at the moment. Sometimes I’m really mellow, and all I want to do is listen to whiny singer-songwriters mope about their depressing love lives and other times I’m in an upbeat Hall-and-Oats-“Making-My-Dreams-Come-True” kind of mood. It just depends.
That being said, I’m a little more predictable when it comes to my writing. I do tend to listen to the same songs over and over again when I write scenes. I make playlists, actually. I have my mellow, semi-sad, very chill playlist that I listen to 75% of the time. This playlist is perfect for when the mood of my story is sad, tender, thoughtful, or just mellow and slow. With “Interrupted”, I feel like that was the mood for most of the story. With “Chasing Jupiter”, things were a little more upbeat, for the most part, and I played a lot of my second playlist, which is full of peppy, retro songs. The second playlist is what I tend to turn on when I’m writing something fun and nostalgic and I really want a great throw-back to the 50’s. Since every book I’ve worked on so far took place between the 30’s and the 60’s, this playlist has mostly retro and vintage tracks on it.
So I thought I’d share with you below my two contrasting playlists, and you could check them out. Feel free to put them on a playlist of your own and listen to them when you write. I really don’t mind!
Mood: Sad, Sentimental, Sweet
Consists of: Mostly Singer-Songwriter Covers
1. Moon River – The Honey Trees
2. True Colors – Eva Cassidy
3. Your Song – Ellie Goulding
4. Edelweiss – The Honey Trees
5. I Want to Hold Your Hand – T.V. Carpio
6. Time After Time – Eva Cassidy
7. When You Say Nothing at All – Alison Krauss
8. Sara Smile – Bird and the Bee
9. Safe and Sound – Taylor Swift
10. Laughing With – Regina Spektor
Mood: Retro, Upbeat, Nostalgic
Consists of: Mostly Hits From the 40’s and 50’s
1. Teenager in Love – Dion and the Belmonts
2. All I Have to Do is Dream – Everly Brothers
3. In the Mood – Glenn Miller Band
4. My Boyfriend’s Back – The Angels
5. Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Frankie Lymon
6. Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
7. Cheek to Cheek – Fred Astaire
8. You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine) – Ringo Starr
9. Earth Angel – The Penguins
10. Taking a Chance on Love – Benny Goodman
What do you listen to when you write?
P.S. I just want to make clear that none of these songs are “Christian” music. However, I feel comfortable listening to every one of them and I don’t feel that there is anything inappropriate in any of the actual songs that I need to warn you about. You can make the choice of whether or not to listen to any of them–all I’m doing is sharing what I listen to when I write.
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