Music To Write To: Tom Traubert’s Blues


There is just something about Tom Waits. His voice is incredibly haunting, his lyrics are always so familiar yet just out of reach, and you can feel the emotion emanating from every note and chord in every song.

Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda) gets me into an emotional state that preps me for some deep writing. It’s not the best music to write action scenes to, but when I was writing my recent ebook, Tim and the Breakup of Impending Doom, this song put me in the right frame of mind.

Tom Waits is the kind of artist who, even though his songs often times come off surprising, can still inspire with his voice and imagery.

Music To Write To: Gone To Wonder Edition 2


I’ve been a bit post-deficit lately. I’m sure you’ve all been very disappointed. To make it up to you, today I’d like to share a bit of whimsy.

Gone To Wonder is about, among other things, a steampunk theme park. The closest living analogue is Discoveryland in Disneyland Paris, and this incredible dragon which premiered this year.

In order to get the feel, I read a few books, but there’s nothing like a bit of music to get in the mood. Below is a song from Abney Park. If you fancy it, they’ve got a few albums out. I’d also recommend checking out Steam Powered Giraffe (the video for their song “Brass Goggles” is a lot of fun). Enjoy.

Music To Write To: Suicide Medicine


Here is one that ZT introduced me to a few years. My favorite kind of music to write to is the kind that tells a story. It helps to inspire me to write my own stories, and it helps me to develop deep characters and rich plot lines.


Suicide Medicine by Rocky Votolato is a song that truly brings out the story teller in me. And, with any hope, it’ll do the same for you.

Music To Write To: “Fordlândia”


There’s something about Icelandic musicians. Every artist I’ve encountered from that captivating island has made music that I can write to. I even found out the other day one of my favorite female singer/songwriters was from Iceland, a fact I was ignorant of for a decade (I’m talking about Emilíana Torrini, whose creepy/beautiful voice can be heard singing “Gollum’s Song” from The Two Towers).

Today’s MtWt comes from the moody, fantastic, epic work of Jóhann Jóhannsson. If you caught the trailer for Battle: Los Angeles a few years back then you’ve heard his work before. Fordlândia is an album I can put on and just get lost in. And I suppose it ties in with the World Cup, since the title of the album is a reference to the infamous planned community in Brazil created by Henry Ford. It was a disastrous attempt to establish a source for rubber for the Ford Motor Company, and also a chance for Ford himself to enforce his draconian rules of living on the local workers.

On that fun note, enjoy the music!