Sarah J. Carlson

Contemporary Young Adult Author


iTunes Playlist Challenge!

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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:

  1. “Terrible Lie (Sympathetic Mix),” Nine Inch Nails
  2. “Hey Brother,” Avicii
  3. “Marry Me,” Jason Derulo
  4. “Party Hard,” Andrew W.K.
  5. “Body Movin,’” Beastie Boys
  6. “Sister of Night,” Depeche Mode
  7. “Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus/Floating Free/Searle’s Last Blast,” Underworld & John Murphy (Music from the motion picture Sunshine)
  8. “No Sleep,” Wiz Khalifa
  9. “Always,” Blink 182
  10. “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!