Some Epic Music (for those epic scenes)

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the newest writing-related thing I’ve stumbled across:

Epic Music.

Perfect for helping your eyes stay open into the late hours of the night, perfect for giving that boost of energy to push through just one more paragraph.

My new favorite song is called Eternal Flame, by Audiomachine.

Take a listen.  Your life will be better because you spent four minutes of your time on this song.

And if you loved it as much as I did, check out the other music by Audiomachine.

Aaaaaaand since you spent four minutes listening to that song, I’ll keep this blog post nice and short today.  🙂  Especially since I already talked about writing and music here.

If you’re interested in more epic writing music, check out this playlist:

“One Day” by Hans Zimmer (from the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack)

“Binary Sunset,” “Jedi Temple March,” “Across the Stars,” and “Duel of the Fates” by John Williams (from Star Wars)

“Flying Theme” and “Forbidden Friendship” by John Powell (from How to Train Your Dragon)

“Flying With Mother” and “Where No One Goes” (from How to Train Your Dragon 2)

“Asgard” by Brian Tyler (from Thor)

“Summer Solstice” by Audiomachine

“Berlin,” “Waterfall,” and a bunch of others by The Piano Guys

“Flight of the Order” and “Fireworks” by Nicholas Hooper (from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

“The Battle” and “Prince Caspian Flees” by Harry Gregson-Williams (from Narnia)

“I am the Doctor” and a bunch of others by Murray Gold (from Doctor Who)

“Song of the Caged Bird” by Lindsey Stirling

“Forth Eorlingas,” “The Last March of the Ents,” “The Lighting of the Beacons,” “The Breaking of the Fellowship,” “Concerning Hobbits,” “The Misty Mountain Song,” and soooo many others, by Howard Shore (from LOTR)

Literally any song from the movie Spirit

“Expression” by Helena Jane Long

“Meet Princess Zelda” a others from Legends of Zelda: Twilight Princess (and many other Zelda games)

“Mountains” by Hans Zimmer (from Interstellar)   oh my gosh this song gets me every time

Basically any song by Hans Zimmer

okay I know I said I was keeping this post short but you’re the one who’s been reading this entire list.

🙂

While Writing, I Listen To…

MUSIC!

It works like this: pull up my MS, pull up Itunes.  Hit “playlists –> Writing Music” and BINGO!  Got my inspiration to write – everything I need to keep my creative juices flowing.

My personal preference is purely instrumental music, at least while I write.  Most of it’s soundtracks from movies.  Recognize any of these?

soundtracks

The far off, fantastic images that go with these soundtracks fills my subconscious with everything needed for dramatic writing and incredible, impossible settings.

What about music for a specific scene?  Sometimes I use a certain song to give me just what I need to plow through a scene.  My favorite time this happened was with the song Arwen’s Vigil by The Piano Guys.

It’s a dance scene.  Oh, what the heck.  I’ll give you the song and the scene.

And now the scene:

A murmur of excitement filled the air as the elves parted to make room for Irsong and Emma. The music began, quiet and mysterious notes of a lonely piano. The sound paused, and Irsong bowed as Emma curtsied.

A hush fell over the crowd. The piano grew louder, and smooth voices of deep stringed instruments joined in. The tempo increased, and Irsong and Emma swirled like phantoms in the night, chasing each other with a haunting beauty.

Star stood transfixed, her eyes tracing the footsteps of the two dancers.

The melody gained a ferocity, a desperation, which drove Emma and Irsong to run and leap about each other to keep time. Star’s heart pounded to the tempo, and images of swirling shadows filled her thoughts, and she was lost in the magic of the music for a time. Ever the song grew ever faster, until it reverberated across the deepest parts of Star’s being, filling her with fantastic terrors.

In an instant, the music slowed, and Emma and Irsong danced lightly to the last measures of the music. Star had a fleeting wish that she had been the one to dance such a song with Irsong.

Another song began, and soon the elvish king entered the dance floor with a lady that Star assumed to be his wife. Then Rella and a male elf, and other couples joined Irsong and Emma in the dance.

More and more of the elves joined in, pairing off and swirling in the light of the fountains.

And there you have it: one of my favorite scenes in my entire MS.  And one of my favorite songs.

coffitivity

Now to shift topics: sometimes I don’t listen to music.  If there’s a seen that just needs my sole attention, a part where my music distracts me… well, then I tend to use Coffitivity.  It’s a website that provides a “white” background noise, simulating the murmurs of a cafe, or the flipping pages and whispers of a library.  Just enough noises to keep your creativity flowing, but not too much to distract you.

And it’s free.

What keeps your brain working while you write?  Do you have some favorite writing music?  Or do you use something else?  And let me know if you enjoyed my dancing scene!