10 Top Tracks to Write to

I almost always listen to music when I write. My extensive digital playlist is mostly made up of music from movies, and some classical too. They are songs that I have fallen in love with, and listen to over and over. I was wondering which tracks I listened to most and couldn't quite nail it. I then reached out and asked the Spotify bot, and was surprised at the results.

When I'm in the zone, writing or editing, I almost always listen to music. That said, I can't listen to any tunes with singing. The words are too distracting and take over my limited headspace. Classical is good, yet can lack the drama I need to lose myself. Soundtracks are my thing. Always have been since I saw my first spaghetti western with Ennio Morricone's haunting score. I was hooked and have been ever since.


I was trying to figure out what I listened to most and couldn't quite work out what my top tunes were. So, I took to Spotify and ran their Top Tracks feature, and, have to admit, was surprised at the results. I don't write slow books; the opposite, in fact, yet, with the exception of one or two tracks, almost every one of these songs is pure melancholia. Perhaps that's what I need to write pacy books. Who knew?


I'm always looking for new music so if you have any recommendations, please tweet me at @davyfennell


Variation 15

Benjamin Wallfisch, Edward Elgar • Dunkirk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)











Goodbye Brother

From The "Game Of Thrones" Soundtrack

Ramin Djawadi • Game Of Thrones (Music From The HBO Series)











Song for Bob

Nick Cave, Warren Ellis • The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford











Life

Marc Streitenfeld • Prometheus













Walk to School

Philip Glass, Paul Leonard-Morgan • Tales from the Loop (Original Soundtrack)












Cloud Atlas Finale

Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Kristjan Järvi, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra • Cloud Atlas











A Small Measure of Peace

Hans Zimmer • The Last Samurai: Original Motion Picture Score













Dr. Ford

Ramin Djawadi • Westworld: Season 1 (Music from the HBO Series)











Evenstar

Howard Shore, Isabel Bayrakdarian • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)












Gravity

Steven Price • Gravity (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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