I love hearing about people who discover a musician because their favorite author posted a playlist of the songs they listened to while writing a book. I wish I could do that – write a book and listen to music I cared about, but I can’t. I either have to tune the music out or turn it off. I don’t quite understand people who can listen to music they are passionate about as they write. For me it’d be like watching tv or reading a book while writing. For both the consumption of entertainment and the act of entertaining, I use up my creative momentum.
But, if I could listen to music while I wrote, I think this is the music I’d most like to listen to (listed by artist):
*Note: The songs and the links might contain profanity. All are on YouTube, so I assume if they are too bad they’ll do an age check.
Blink 182: Adam’s Song (I know it’s depressing, but I love it. It also reminds me of my teen years and I’m writing YA)
City and Colour: The Girl
Dramarama: Anything Anything
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Home
Fall Out Boy: Thanks Fr Th Mmrs
Fionn Regan: Put a Penny in the Slot
Head Automatica: Beating Heart Baby
John Fusciante: (I probably can listen to her while writing as she doesn’t have lyrics, but I don’t really) Murderers
Landon Pigg: Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop
Lindsey Stirling: (Again, I can listen to this while I write because there are no lyrics) Crystalize
Noah and the Whale: 5 Years Time
Of Monsters and Men: Little Talks
R.E.M.: Losing My Religion
Sleigh Bells: Rill Rill
Story of the Year: Until the Day I Die
Sublime: April 29, 1992 (Miami)
Underoath: Reinventing Your Exit
The other reason I don’t understand how people post playlists while they write is that writing a novel often takes a while. My musical inclinations change daily, so I don’t get how someone could write with the same playlist playing over and over again – unless they are tuning it out like I do. This list, while awesome, would be different tomorrow.