When I’m writing a book, one of the first tasks I complete is making a soundtrack for the manuscript. All of the song on the list mean something to the story. They set the tone or correspond to events happening throughout. I have a Zune and one of the things I love about it is that I can keep a bazillion playlists on my computer. All I need to do is plug in my headphones, select a list and go. Some lists are short. Some are long. The nice thing about playlists on the computer is that I’m not limited to CD space, and since they’re utilizing the same bank of songs, they take up minimal space on the PC.
Here’s my playlist for one of my current works in progress, a mainstream forbidden older woman/younger man story:
1. Two Sparrows in a Hurricane – Tanya Tucker
2. Angels Would Fall – Melissa Etheridge
3. Stain Glass Masquerade – Casting Crowns
4. Follow Me – Uncle Kracker
5. How Do I Live – Tricia Yearwood
6. Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode
7. I Was Made For Loving You – Kiss
8. It’s Not Over – Daughtry
9. Crush – David Archuleta
10. Mrs. Robinson – The Lemonheads
11. Monday Morning Church – Alan Jackson
12. Suffering – Jay-Jay Johanson
13. This Year’s Love – David Gray
14. Losing My Religion – REM
15. Careless Whispers – WHAM!
16. Mrs. Steven Rudy – Mark McGuinn
17. What Happens in Vegas – Phil Vassar
18. Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
19. Life’s a Dance – John Michael Montgomery
20. I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
21. Only Hope – Mandy Moore
Eclectic. It works for me. I encourage anyone who loves music and works by it to make up their own playlist. Yes, it takes time to put together a playlist, but when I write to music, I get at least double the work complete.