I guess I'm on a music kick this week! Today is all about writing music. I wanted to share some of my favorite soundtracks for writing and get some soundtrack suggestions from you!
While writing It Took a War I listened to the Gettysburg soundtrack and made separate playlists on youtube for different emotions such as calm/sad (Men of Honor, Reunion and Final), suspense/battle (Armistead is Hit, Battle of Little Round Top), and patriotic (Fife and Drum, Main Title). Gahhh this soundtrack is amazing!! Also, the movie is SO GOOD.
For Ain't We Got Fun, I didn't listen to a soundtrack until more toward the final letters. I listened to Miss Potter, and one of my favorites songs from it – When You Taught Me How to Dance. I seem to listen to Miss Potter for quite a few of my projects. It just love it!
In 2011 when I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote a novel about the American Revolution titled Riding Through Raindrops, I listened to Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, and the Anne of Green Gables soundtrack. Not only are these songs beautiful, but they bring back memories of cozy November days spent pouring over my book, eating chocolate and drinking scandalous amounts of coffee and tea while trying to make the word count for the day. My life was so stressful, as you can see. =)
For my current WIP I've been listening to instrumentals by Helen Jane Long, Schindler's List, and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days soundtrack. But mostly Schindler's List. I haven't seen the movie yet so the music doesn't bring any unwelcome images into my head...I hear the movie is intense. Ahh the music gives me chills! Also, it reminds me of the Olympics when that teenager from Russia did that amazing ice skating thingy. Yeah, I know all the technical terms.
A few other soundtracks I enjoy are War Horse, Gods and Generals, and instrumentals by Brian Crain. Oh! And I just had an epiphany! I really should write while listening to the soundtrack of one of my all time favorite movies...Emma (2009). My playlists are ever growing!
What about you? Do you listen to music while writing? What soundtracks do you enjoy?