One of my biggest creative writing fuels is music. I need to have music all.the.time. Riding Singapore’s amazing public transportation system, washing dishes, running, writing, shopping at the grocery store— music all the time. I create my own soundtracks for my books, with songs for different characters and events and setting. It helps me connect with the world I’m creating. This morning I conducted an experiment. I put my iTunes on shuffle and wrote down the first ten songs that came up. I did not let myself skip any.
Here they are in all their glory:
- “Terrible Lie (Sympathetic Mix),” Nine Inch Nails
- “Hey Brother,” Avicii
- “Marry Me,” Jason Derulo
- “Party Hard,” Andrew W.K.
- “Body Movin,’” Beastie Boys
- “Sister of Night,” Depeche Mode
- “Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus/Floating Free/Searle’s Last Blast,” Underworld & John Murphy (Music from the motion picture Sunshine)
- “No Sleep,” Wiz Khalifa
- “Always,” Blink 182
- “Big Sur Moon,” Buckethead
That actually was not as random as expected. Plus I rediscovered some songs I forgot I even had. Bonus! Guess I’ll have to do it again sometime. Maybe I’ll make it a weekly thing, so if you’d like a peek into my thousands of songs (and my random psyche) follow me and wait with bated breath!
Try it for yourself and see what happens. Post your results here!