Music, the Soul Healer of a Writer
by Ofelia Montelongo
If music be the food of love, play on.
— William Shakespeare
As writers, we all have different types of concentration and inspirational techniques. One effective technique is listening to the right music. Some people prefer a quiet environment when they are writing, while others are moved by the sound of melodies and rhythms of music.
Music is trapped by our souls and lets us move our typing fingers, and as a result they create inspiring words. However, sometimes writers spend an important amount of time finding the perfect place or the perfect atmosphere, instead of actually writing.
Pandora and YouTube have made life easier for writers with their stations that program and play music similar to that which you originally selected. But what music should we choose for different types of scenes?
For those writers inspired by music who struggle to find the right tunes, here are some suggestions to set you in the right writing mood.
Type of Scene
|Accomplished (content, happy)||“Someone to Love” by Queen||Even though this song is not about an accomplished person, the sentiment and melodiousness within create a content rhythm.|
|Action (i.e. fights)||The Ramones or Limp Bizkit||Loud and straightforward punk rock band and aggressive nu metal style music.|
|Broken heart||“One” by U2||Bono has the right voice to make you tear up the whole night.|
|Drama||Enya||Her voice-layering technique will make you fall into a gloomy mood.|
|Flashbacks||Plain White T’s||Their famous song “Hey There Delilah” is a melancholic melody that will make you hanker those old moments again.|
|Funny/Comic||Taylor Swift or Lilly Allen||Both young women will spark your writing and let you humming their songs.|
|Party||David Guetta or LMFAO||Their music is bumpy and will make you dance on your seat.|
|Pursuit (i.e. car chase)||“Song 2” by Blur||Indie-Alternative Rock band.|
|Random scenes||“Wonderwall” by Oasis||This song has the right rhythm to make feel you are walking with confidence and in direction of your right objective.|
|Revelation||“Walking After You” by Foo Fighters||Most of Foo Fighters songs are fast pace and rock style, but the one suggested is a slow pace song that was used for the X Files movie.|
|Romantic||James Blunt or “I Never Told You” by Colbie Caillat||Calm and acoustic-like songs.|
|Trip to a different country||Julieta Venegas||Julieta Venegas is a pop rock Mexican singer who uses guitar and accordion.|
|Unexpected situations||Beck||This multi-instrumental artist has the right combination of ironic lyrics and alternative-indie.|
|Wedding||“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri||This is the song played on Bella and Edward’s wedding (yes, the Twilight movie), but Christina is extremely inspiring.|
These suggestions will, of course, vary depending on your aural taste. However, it is a good start to set up your music stations and stop worrying about what song will come up next to inspire you.
Happy listening and happy writing!
Where words fail, music speaks.
— Hans Christian Andersen
- Visit: Pandora.com.
- You will be required to register and set up an account. It’s free.
- You will be prompted to create a station. Do this by simply typing the name of an artist or song you like. If you are not prompted to create your station, the option to create a station should be on your upper left.
- Once you create your station, enjoy your music! You can create as many stations as you want and they will be saved forever!
Ofelia Montelongo is an aspiring published author. She is writing her first novel, Pilgrims or Something Like That. Originally from Mexico, she has a Bachelor’s in accounting and finance and an MBA. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing. Ofelia is also a freelance photographer and has her own business in Scottsdale (Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale). Read more at Writing My First Novel. eMail Ofellia here or “like” her on Facebook.