Music can be very influential to the writing process as I’ve mentioned before. For me, certain scenes or stories demand a specific kind of music. When I’m trying to get into a flow I usually put on something electronic like Amon Tobin, Pretty Lights, or Red Snapper.
It’s when I’m diving into stranger, darker waters that my musical tastes become more eclectic. These songs put me in an odd state of mind, hitting me more in the gut than the brain. Being in an off-balanced mood allows me to tackle pieces that I want to inject with more emotional context.
This is far from an all-encompassing list, but these songs have been rattling around my head and if I didn’t put them down into a post they were going to keep bouncing in my noggin.
I’ve provided links to all the songs through YouTube or Vimeo.
- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand from “Songs in the Key of X”
- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – People Ain’t No Good from “The Boatman’s Call”
- Nick Cave and Dirty Three – Time Jesum Transeuntum from “Songs in the Key of X”
- On the Outside from “Songs in the Key of X” [sorry, I could only find the live version online]
- Vicious from “Transformer”
- Perfect Day from “Transformer”
Walk on the Wild Side from “Transformer”
- Sally Can’t Dance from “Sally Can’t Dance”
- Wild Child from “Lou Reed”
(link to the entire album)
- Step Right Up
- The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
- Pasties and a G-String
- One That Got Away
- Small Change
“As Above, So Below”
The Crow soundtrack
- All the songs [This is one of the few albums that I listen to almost exclusively from beginning to end]
Donnie Darko soundtrack
- Hurt from “American IV: The Man Comes Around”
- The Man Comes Around from “American IV: The Man Comes Around”