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What music gets you in a writing mood?

I do most of my new writing at the local McDonalds. Too many distractions, and the constant temptation to check emails and facebook make it hard to focus on coming up with a first draft at home.

Usually, I spend the ten minute journey working through what I want to get written on that particular session, but every now and then, I just play loud and lairy music to get me in a writing mood. Lately, I've been listening to the Sex Pistols at volume eleven, two of there songs in particular, Anarchy in the UK and Holidays in the Sun (you can watch the videos on their official website) have me raring to go by the time I pull up in the parking lot.

Most tracks on Thin Lizzy's, Johnny the Fox also do the trick, as does Raise that Body, by the Guttersnipes.

How about you?

What music gets you in a writing mood?

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Jun. 28th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Generally, I listen to soundtracks (primarily video game soundtracks) that represent the feeling I want for particular scenes I'm working on.

However, I have been known to listen to Marianas Trench or sometimes oldies beforehand, too.
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
For me, it's more about getting me in a writing mood, as opposed to the mood for a particular scene, but I can see ho that would help :)
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about the at-home distractions. I have a few favorite places for writing, including Panera Bread (love coffee and a Bear Claw for tackling new drafts), Barnes and Noble and the library. As for my favorite music to get me in writing gear, Depeche Mode gets me revved up.
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Early Depeche Mode eg: Just Can't get Enough etc. or after Vince left?
Jun. 28th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
The whole gamut. But more the later, darker stuff.
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
I have entire playlists for this purpose...when all else fails, I usually can count on Alasdair Frazer's instrumental version of "Are You Sleeping, Maggie?" Another is a good version of "Carolan's Ramble to Cashel."

Celtic music, usually, is the bedrock, especially instrumentals. My favorite play list starts with this, mixed with a carefully chosen assembly of soundtrack music (Hans Zimmerman and John Williams in particular), two pieces of music from the Tudors, some stuff by Vangelis and Brian Eno, and for contrast, some mellow vocals, like Sting's version of Windmills of Your Mind, a piece or two by Enya, and a splattering of Coldplay, Lifehouse, two pieces from the Who's Quadrophenia, and Emerson Lake and Palmer's Take a Pebble...Eclectic, but it works...
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you have it all sorted Sue :)
Jun. 28th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
At least some days...LOL.
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
I don't listen to music before or during my writing. On occasion, I'll listen to some Buffy or Angel soundtracks in the car while running errands, but that's about it for my foray into the music world. It's strange, because I used to listen to all kinds of music.

I suppose I still do listen to music in a way since my kids play their music and sing along--so I get some Michael Jackson from my oldest daughter; Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Demi Lovato from my second daughter. Oldest and youngest sons don't listen to much music other than what plays on their video games.
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
That's the trouble with today's youth. They've no appreciation of the classics ;)
Jun. 28th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I'm actually more likely to have the TV on than music - there's usually a documentary rolling in the background while I work. Ask me what it is, and I'll have no clue.
Jun. 28th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Some people use TV that way to help them sleep.
Jun. 29th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
Yep, I'm one of them! Can't sleep with silence so I usually either have the TV or an audiobook/podcast playing.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
TVs not a distraction for me, but it doesn't put me in a writing mood :(
Jun. 28th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
I tend to go one of a few ways. If I can gather some music of a type that goes along with the work I'm writing, say medieval music or medieval inspired music such as Anonymous 4 or Medieval Baebes, then I will go with that. If it's a modern piece, I'll go with some good old rock, but if set in say, medieval Japan, I'll try to acquire appropriate music to get myself in the right kind of mindset.

Bur if I just need music, and often it helps me block out other distractions so I find it quite useful, I will default to either some chant (plainsong or gregorian) or instrumental. In particular I'm fond of George Winston, a habit I picked up in college. My roommate was a pianist, and we used to study all the time listening to several of the albums. It kind of pre-programmed me to be able to use that music in particular to focus on writing.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good system :)
Jun. 28th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
It kind of depends but mostly either "celtic punk" Dropkick Murphs mostly or metal or some sort of folk (my MP3 player starts with folk from the US and Canada and then moves east, ending in Finland) but it will change with the sort of peice I am writing.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Mood music :)
Jun. 29th, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
I think my mp3 player likes to remind me that not all my chericters have English as a first languge, and that other launguges have their own cadences.
Jun. 28th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sadly, music puts me in a "clean the house" mood, not a writing mood. Silence generally puts me in a writing mood, or more specifically "silence outside my head" so I can hear the voices better:)
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Clean the house? What's that?
Jun. 29th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Something I can only do to music. Thus, I purposely live in a very silent house:)
Jun. 28th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
When I'm actually writing,
it's either Scott Joplin, Beethoven or an assortment of insturmental stuff.
Lyrics distract me.

As for what gets me into writing mood/mode,
it's not music, usually...
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I can't listen to most music when I'm actually writing, unless there are several songs playing at once.
Jun. 29th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
Soundtracks are a favourite, or classical music (I have written some appallingly gloomy stuff when listening to Gorecki :)
Jul. 2nd, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
I like slightly quieter, gentler music for writing. Jars of Clay (their 1st album, not the newer stuff), and anything by Brandon Heath. Music that transports me instead of distracts me.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
'Music that transports me instead of distracts me.'

Good point :)
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