Let the Music Play On!


Music is the soundtrack of our lives

(Dick Clark)

 I believe this is true. Music certainly is the soundtrack of my life. I don’t think I’ve spent a single day without listening to music. It’s the perfect aide to my writing, a companion if you will. It helps me get into the “zone” every single time. It inspires me in a way that nothing ever can or will. In fact, I would go so far as to say that music is my muse. If I hadn’t become a writer, I would certainly have pursued music.

Writing won (for the moment) but music is biding time, waiting patiently in the wings. Like many other writers, I have my favourite playlist that I tune into when I sit down to write. Songs with lyrics don’t work when I’m writing. I find myself singing along, writing forgotten somewhere along the way. These powerful soundtracks provide the right mood. These are just a few of the tunes I like, there are many, many more – too many to list down. From light to noir, happy to maudlin, check them out if you need a muse. You won’t be disappointed! You will notice I have a few favourites, John Williams being a permanent fixture in the list. But I’m very taken with Olafur Arnalds and Shigeru Umebayashi.

  1. Atonement 

2. Broadchurch

3. Inception

4. Harry Potter (Lily’s Theme)

 5. Harry Potter (Courtyard Apocalyse)

6. Dr Zhivago

7. Memoirs of a Geisha

8. Pride and Prejudice

9. Forrest Gump 

    10. In the mood for Love

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