Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Create Soundtrack…check

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.

Happy Writing!!


  1. What a great list. I absolutely love 1, 4, 13, and 20. The rest are awesome too, but I can totally see those four songs in a book.

    Great post Brynn.


  2. There are very few on that list I don't know:)

    Great idea!

  3. Great list and yes, very eclectic!

    I think I wrote almost all of BLP to number 2!

  4. Dakota: 13 is one of my favs too. But then you know that, lol.

    Bron: Could you imagine me NOT eclectic?

    Molly: Try it!

  5. Wonderful list, I'm not even going to start with which ones I really love, there are several. I'd be singing and never write a word. LOL For me, it's one or the other, I'm afraid. Can't lose myself in my writing if I'm already lost in song.


  6. Ah, well. Different time, different era. The only one I recognize is #20.

  7. Quite a few my favorites on your list, but also lots that I don't know.

    Songs definitely evoke memories and emotions for me. But the notion of creating a soundtrack for your book is something new and a bit foreign to me. I can't listen to music and write at the same time. I can tune out distractions, but that's not listening!

    But I'll say more about this in my guest blogger post on Saturday!


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