Hello, hello! As you can probably tell by the title, I’m having a hard time coming up with topics again. Suggestions are most welcome. Anyway, I decided to do an A to Z list (by song title) of songs that (usually) end up on my writing playlists. Granted, every story is different and requires different music, so this is in no way comprehensive. In fact, my current WIP has been written with little to no music. Sometimes, noise just gets in the way. But, when I do use music, you can be pretty sure the following songs will be playing.
A: “All of Me” by John Legend. In case I have to write one of those sappy love scenes. You know the ones.
B: “Battlefield” by Blind Guardian. Because power metal makes everything you write sound more epic. Even when you’re sure it sucks.
C: “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by Yoko Takahashi. “A” and “The” don’t count. But this is the opening of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which reminds me of Shinji, who reminds me that it’s okay to write characters you know some people are going to hate. Because I love to hate Shinji.
D: “Did You Hear the Rain?” by George Ezra. It’s a new addition for my list, but it’s awesome and that’s enough of a reason.
E: “Eres Tu” by Kany Garcia. Because sometimes you just need a bouncy song when you’re slogging through the tedious parts of stories.
F: “Float On” by Modest Mouse. To remind me make everything worse before it gets better, but to have my characters take most of it in stride.
G: “Girl Anachronism” by the Dresden Dolls. The song is great, but anachronisms are bad in stories.
H: “Hiai to Melancholy” by Matenrou Opera. No special reason. It’s just lovely.
I: “I Come with Knives” by IAMX. For all those weird scenes that you sit there going “what the hell is wrong with this person?” as you write them.
J: “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Because sometimes I have to remind myself that I originally liked these characters for some reason.
K: “Kraam” by Bodyslam. A soothing Thai song is always appropriate.
L: “Love Me Dead” by Ludo. Because sometimes I have to write about unhealthy and creepy relationships, but Ludo makes it fun.
M: “Muma -the Nightmare-” by Buck-Tick. Because Buck-Tick, that’s why.
N: “Neo Universe” by L’arc en Ciel. Upbeat for all the happy moments, rare as they may be. Plus, they have Hyde-san.
O: “Odd One” by Sick Puppies. Because everyone needs moral support sometimes. Even the voices in your head.
P: “Postcards” by James Blunt. For the sappy scenes. I swear.
Q: “Quitter” by Edgewater. Sometimes rage is needed in stories.
R: “The Rest of My Life” by Less Than Jake. To remind me to include internal conflict as well as all the fun stuff.
S: “Sympathia” by Versailles. Just because I really like it.
T: “Thank God I’m Pretty” by Emilie Autumn. To remind me that even the luckiest of my characters need to have issues. Everything, even beauty, has a downside.
U: “Ugly” by the Exies. Because sometimes I forget how to do teenage angst. Songs like this help me remember.
V: “Vinushka” by Dir en grey. Creepy, rage, dark, disturbing. That’s the kind of stuff Diru is helpful with. Also, beauty and depth.
W: “Wolfen (Das Tier in Mir)” by E Nomine. Epic music makes for epic stories. Also, werewolves.
X: “Xanadu“ by Moi dix Mois. It’s actually the only song on my computer that starts with x.
Y: “You Can’t Be Missed if You Never Go Away” by Cobra Starship. In other words, heed that call to adventure and leave me alone.
Z: “Zakuro” by Vaniru. It’s another one of those that I just like. I don’t know the words, so I can tune it out if I need to in order to write.
What are some of the songs that usually go into your writing or painting or whatever other creative outlets you pursue playlists? Feel free to share some links in the comments or on my social media pages. And don’t forget to suggest some blog topics or ask me some questions if you have any.