I hear about so many writers who need to listen to music while writing to get in the groove. I can’t do that. I wind up singing the lyrics or humming along—and staring at a blank page.
However, I compile a playlist for each book and listen to it while I’m not writing—in the car, while cooking dinner, in the shower (TMI? Sorry). I often wake up with one of the songs in my head.
Below is poor Isaac Laroche’s list. The guy’s caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place with no clear solution, and his playlist reflects that struggle, as well as his training in classical piano.
· “Back Against the Wall” by Cage the Elephant
· “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park
· “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon
· “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran (it’s an oldie but a goodie)
· “Undisclosed Desires” by Muse
· “Add it Up” by Violent Femmes
· “All the Right Moves” by One Republic
· “Not Strong Enough” by Apocalyptica (featuring Brent Smith)
· “Dirty Little Secret” by All American Rejects
· Etude-Tableau no. 5 in D Minor by Rachmaninoff (Chapters 5 and 9)
· Moments Musicaux Op.16 - No.4 E Minor Presto by Rachmaninoff (Chapter 7)
· Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3 - IV: Polichinelle, Allegro vivace by Rachmaninoff (Chapter 7)
· Piano Concerto no. 23 in A by Mozart (Chapters 7 and 9)
· Piano Concerto no. 1 in F# Minor by Rachmaninoff (Chapter 9)
· Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini XX. Variation 18: Andante cantabile (D flat major) by Rachmaninoff (Chapter 16)