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!

Music to Write to: “Entr’acte”


Whew, what a weekend. Don’t know about anyone else, but I took full advantage of my writing time and churned out a big chunk of words (with a long way to go still to meat my deadline — see what I did there?).

But I couldn’t have done it without this track, from the always-tremendous The Cinematic Orchestra. About midway through the weekend I had a ‘crisis of plot’ moment. The threads were fraying and I didn’t know how to tie them back together. Listening to this song helped me find the plot again, which will hopefully lead to greater heights than I thought possible from my current project. I’ll share a bit about that soon, but until then, relax, listen to “Entr’acte”, and maybe you’ll find the plot, too.

Music To Write To: “Morton’s Fork”


It’s almost the weekend, so now is as good a time as any for a bit of perspective. Today’s MtWt is from Typhoon’s most recent album, White Lighter, which I am obsessed with at the moment.

and the sun will explode
but not before you and everyone that you’ll ever know
will be gone
long ago
You are alone in this together
You are alone in this together

Dang. Gets me every time. Feeling sufficiently humbled? Because I am. And now, to write.

Music to Write to: Water From Wine


It’s Monday morning. You’ve had a great weekend. But, alas, you realize that you’ve gotten almost no writing done (this is the exact scenario that I’m in right now!). How about you crank up the tunes, get out a note book or on the word processor, and get some writing done.

Here is a great tune from The Ascetic Junkies to help you get your creative juices flowing.

Write on, you crazy writers.

Music to Write to: “The Earth Prelude”



Here’s another track I quite like as a tone-setter while writing. Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian composer/pianist who has done a lot of film and TV score work, and the narrative spirit shows through in his solo stuff.

“The Earth Prelude” is a piece that I associate with intense, somewhat cathartic character moments, like witnessing a loved one’s death or running after of a bus in the rain. Even in the quieter moments, the pace is fast, giving it a frantic, desperate tone.

Other tracks of note from Einaudi are “Love is a Mystery”, “Eros (Remix)”, and “Nightbook.”

What kind of scene does this track conjure in your mind?