Mood music (to get you in the mood)

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Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:55 pm Post

I prefer instrumental music when doing any major writing. However, sometimes I tune into anything by the group Muse (the irony - I know) or other alternative groups with funky beats. I've been known to listen to some classic Broadway tunes. Seems my music choices are all over the place much like my writing!

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Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:37 am Post

Welcome aboard the leaky, creaky old pirate ship, Scrivener.
With a moniker like WifeyWoman, you’re obviously an arch feminist , like myself (human in your case, feline in mine), and a good thing too, given that the male members of the crew are mostly (RMCDOMs), rampant male chauvinists and/or dirty old men.

As for mood music, the sound that inspires me to greatness, is the sound of my human RMCDOM preparing my, Poisson dans le Plat (Fishy-in-the-Dishy), it’s his only redeeming quality.
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Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:58 am Post

AmberV wrote:Most often I listen to very subtle "lowercase" as they call it, which often resembles very soft field recordings or structureless ambient drones. It's good for blocking out the background without being too demanding.

I've recently become a fan of Disquiet, a blog that features ambient and electronic music daily. Lots of great field recordings that provide a great background. In a similar vein, I love Philip Glass' solo piano works, which are minimal yet powerful.

I've also been a fan of soundtracks my entire life, so anything that is BPM-appropriate generally suits my workflow. Williams, Shore, Horner, Zimmer, and O'Donnell/Salvatori are some of my favorite composers. Star Wars, LotR, Avatar, Inception, and anything from the Halo universe makes up my usual playlist. Add a dash of Harry Potter and music from Braid for flavor. I could go on and on. My final thought is that I also love Celtic music of all kinds, and love me a good Pandora station with lots of fiddles and bagpipes.

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:47 pm Post

For the same reasons many others have stated here, anything with lyrics (or words in general) is out. The day I find a way to write and listen to podcasts at the same time (because podcasts are the medium of choice of many of my favorite writers), I'll be in heaven.

Until then, the music I listen to while writing must be very good at being loud without being overwhelming. Somebody suggested Zimmer and Vangelis. Those definitely work. But lately, I've found myself going back over and over again to this one album I have, called Duo. It's by a Belgian artist named Didier François, who plays a traditional Swedish instrument called a nyckelharpa. If anyone is curious, you can check him out, sample some of his music, and maybe even buy his music online, at

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:45 pm Post

I tend to find one piece of music and loop it endlessly, until I can't even hear it properly anymore. At the moment, it's Bear McCreary's "Passacaglia" from Battlestar Galactica. For me, this thread might also be titled "How To Absolutely Ruin Music You Love."

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Sun May 29, 2011 1:51 am Post

Mutemath and Portal 2 music happen to work well for me. Suits my book, and I like it a lot.

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Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:00 pm Post

I've recently started using which is excellent for mood music.

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Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:50 pm Post

Yes indeed, music and the brain. There are learning theories that say that the mind works best with memory retention when listening to the 60 BPB (beats per minute) tempo. This is normally the second part of a lot of classical music, the largo part.

Mozart has a lot of this type of music. Lately I have become a real fan of Chopin. Specifically, try looking for Chopin Nocturne E Flat Major Op.9 No.2 on youtube. Let that play and try some writing. I am also a huge fan of Chopin's Waltz in A minor.

Sometimes I have to set the volume way down - or turn it completely off when the writing starts to flow -I don't want any distractions when my mind gets on a roll. Music is great for setting my creative mind in a good place which helps me to get started (sometimes).

Sometimes, I get filled with doubt. I love Gospel music and some of those pieces truly lift me spiritually and inspire me. Sometimes when I do that and I will feel like I am on a stage, giving a TED talk about something that I am passionate about. Then I write from that place.

Do what you have to do to face the roadblocks to your own creative mind. Music can do that for me. And sometimes, if it isn't distracting me, music can be a friendly companion as I take the journey, and write.