Writing playlist
September 30, 2005

Someone requested the current version of my "writing" playlist, so here it is. I'm still tweaking it ... I had Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in here at one point and keep toying with putting it back in. And there's a couple of others that need to be repeated more frequently. I also have got to replace some of my early U2 records as some of those early, early songs were on my early writing mix tapes. I'll try to find the mix tape I used to write my first book and post that old one this weekend. This particular writing playlist is a generic, get-the-muse-over-here-and-let's-get-busy kind of playlist. Once I start working on something seriously, I'll develop a playlist specifically for that piece.

For me, when i'm writing a long creative piece, I have to have a soundtrack. There's one novel that I've been working on in fits and starts where both major characters have their own playlist which suits their individual personalities.

Current "Generic" Writing Playlist:
"Wake Me Up When September Ends," Green Day, American Idiot
"Time Passages," Al Stewart, Time Passages
"Time In A Bottle," Jim Croce, Jim Croce
"Reminiscing," Little River Band, All-Time Greatest Hits
"Fast Car," Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman
"I'm With You," Avril Lavigne, Let Go
"Let The Day Begin," The Call, Let The Day Begin
"Under The Milky Way," The Church, Starfish
"Destination," The Church, Starfish
"Van Diemen's Land," U2, Rattle And Hum
"Enjoy The Silence," Depeche Mode, Singles 86-98 Disc 1
"Personal Jesus," Depeche Mode, Singles 86-98 Disc 1
"Wendy," Tapes, Miccah
"Life in a Northern Town," Dream Academy
"Dear God," XTC, Skylarking
"Save A Prayer," Duran Duran, Greatest Hits
"Return To Innocence," Enigma, Love Sensuality Devotion
"One By One," Enya, A Day Without Rain
"Lazy Days," Enya
"Orinoco Flow," Enya, Paint The Sky With Stars
"Book of Days," Enya
"Unwell," Matchbox Twenty, More Than You Think You Are
"Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen, Greatest Hits I
"Freshmen," Verve Pipe
"Superman," Five for Fighting, America Town
"Mother," Pink Floyd, The Wall (Disc 1)
"Landslide," Fleetwood Mac
"Songs About Rain," Gary Allan, See If I Care
"Wake Me Up When September Ends," Green Day, American Idiot
"River," Indigo Girls, 1200 Curfews (Disc 1)
"Thin Line," Indigo Girls, 1200 Curfews (Disc 1)
"Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee," Indigo Girls , 1200 Curfews (Disc 1)
"cordova," Indigo Girls, All That We Let In
"One Headlight," Wallflowers
"Nightswimming," >R.E.M., Automatic for the People
"Try Not To Breathe," R.E.M., >Automatic for the People
"Low," >R.E.M., Out Of Time
Belong," R.E.M., Out Of Time
Texarkana," R.E.M., Out Of Time
"Country Feedback," R.E.M., >Out Of Time
"Philosophy of Loss," Indigo Girls, Come On Now Social
"gone again," Indigo Girls, Come On Now Social
"cold beer and remote control," Indigo Girls, Come On Now Social
"Kid Fears," Indigo Girls, Indigo Girls
"Blood And Fire," Indigo Girls, >Indigo Girls
"Welcome Me," Indigo Girls, >Nomads Indians Saints
"Cool Change," Little River Band, All-Time Greatest Hits
"Live to Tell," Madonna, Immaculate
"Concrete Angel," Martina McBride, Greatest Hits
"Rest Stop," Matchbox Twenty, Mad Season
"You Can Sleep While I Drive," Melissa Etheridge, Brave And Crazy
"Speed," Montgomery Gentry, My Town

So that's the current playlist and I can feel it starting to work its mojo. Between that and the discussion on BlogExplosion's shoutbox last night about National Novel Writing Month, I'm even getting some ideas for complete re-tooling of an old idea. I'd stopped working on that novel long, long, long ago because being in high school at the time, I realized I didn't have the subtlety to do the idea justice. Also, at the time, I was fighting being seen as a "genre writer." Now, I don't care. I love the SF genre. There is so much incredible stuff going on in the genre, so many ideas and topics and issues that are important to me (and, of course, I think they should be important to everyone). Now, don't get me wrong. I don't think a novel should be "about An Issue." Nope. A novel is about a story you need to tell and about the characters. If you can also, by the by, work in an issue that fits that story - and often it makes the story even deeper and more focused - then great.

Anyhow, that's the playlist and a bit of discussion on my ideas about creative writing. What are your ideas and what kinds of songs do you listen to while writing?

Posted by Red Monkey at September 30, 2005 6:18 AM | Storytelling: She was, of course, supposed to be sleeping. | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Courtney said:

Thanks for the great answer! I haven't set up any type of playlist for my writing yet, but music is required. It's almost as though silence is threatening and steals my ideas away from me.

One song I like for it's message is What Are You Waiting For by Gwen Stefani. I know it's poppy and whatnot, but seriously, what am I waiting for? :)

September 30, 2005 10:48 AM


Desk Monkey said:

Good choice of Depeche Mode tracks

October 1, 2005 4:41 AM


Andy Ternay said:

Are you going to participate in National Novel Writing Month?

October 4, 2005 5:58 AM


Red Monkey said:

i'm thinking i will. i'm still trying to see if i can get this idea off the ground. if not, i've got one other novel in progress that i *might* be ready to tackle again.

i did sign up for NaNoWriMo, so i should be doing it. wanna be my accountability partner????

October 4, 2005 2:40 PM


Chelle said:

Mm..Depeche Mode :) You've got a lot of great songs listed there!

October 4, 2005 11:58 PM


shane Newitt said:

I don't think you wrote unwell

Red Monkey says: I never said that I did write "Unwell." In fact, I specificly credit Matchbox 20 and name the album.
August 24, 2006 12:53 PM


shane said:

What's the story behind the writing of the song Unwell for Matchbox 20

Red Monkey says: I don't know.
August 24, 2006 12:56 PM
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