I always write with my headphones on. Various strange tunes blare into my tympanic cavities at any given time, making my neurons dance. I work with music and write with music, but I’m not one of those zombies walking down the street with their earplugs wedged into their brain. (I never got that; are they trying to escape reality? Does every move they make require a soundtrack? What?)
Music has always been an integral part of my life. I’ve done my homework listening to music; written my first diary entries humming to some tune; composed my first poems swaying on the flow of music. Music is within me, always was, in the most various of forms (Is that even a grammatical possibility? Most various? Anyway, I mean ‘a whole damn lot’.), from church music (I sang in a choir, and as a soprano soloist for most of my youth)(shut up), to heavy and alternative metal.
And when it comes to writing fiction, music is as much part of my mental vocabulary as the written word.
I listen to a lot of stuff, but there are a handful songs that have had a particularly significant influence on me. Their vibes have permeated my writing, melted into it, mutated it, and now forever alter its DNA. They have shaped my creativity, and I bet my writing would feel different if I hand’t nested into them.
You might like these songs, or you might hate them. Or think I’m some weirdo. *shrugs* It is how it is, and inside my head it’s complicated. 😉
So let’s hit it!
Here are my top 10 absolute favorite songs of all freakin time, in no particular order.
1. Muse – Madness
I don’t think this needs an explanation. You must like this song.
2. Nine Inch Nails – The Great Below
NIN music is incredibly haunting. Trend Reznor is a fucking genius. This song, in particular, is like crack cocaine to my neural pathways.
I even wrote a short story based on it. You can read it here.
3. Swallow the Sun – Don’t Fall Asleep
Creeped out a little? To me, this song feels like hot chocolate sliding down my aching throat, despite its lyrics.
4. Marilyn Manson – Dissassociative
I am HUGE Marilyn Manson fan, ever since I was 16. Love everything he’s poured into the world (creatively speaking, of course, what are you thinking?!) from music to paintings to general wisdom. To those people who dismiss him saying he’s insane, a fake, a drug addicted perverted hobo masquerading as an artist, I say whatever. YOUR LOSS, man.
5. Linkin Park – In The Darkness
Most everybody likes something from Linkin Park. I like this here.
6. Muse – Citizen Erased
Yeah, Muse again.
While they are not my most favorite band (that place is fiercely fought over by various bands each season, none of them ever winning clearly), some of their songs have had me addicted for very long periods of time. Citizen Erased is one of those. I discovered it while I was watching DS9 back in 2009, and it just exploded in my brain, spawning several characters and plots.
This song basically mated with Star Trek and made hundred of tiny little idea babies in my head, like a Tribble infestation.
7. Bring Me The Horizon – Can You Feel My Heart
Practically the only metalcore band I like, BMTH has a bunch of really awesome songs. This is one of them. Give it a chance.
8. End of Green – Bury Me Down
This is fairly unknown (internationally, at least) German band that I immediately liked. They’re quite decent. And this song is a little gem.
9. Massive Attack -Risingson
Massive Attack is one of those bands that doesn’t create music. They create mood in carefully calibrated doses.
Risingson is forever tied to a sentient alien planet in my mind, made of a mist that can take the shape of those closest to you, and lead you into certain death. What? I was reading a very interesting novel at the time I first heard this song. That planet/creature was freaking awesome.
10. Sia – Breathe Me
I just recently discovered that it’s Sia who sings this song, and I became addicted to it once again. Her voice is just… velvet wrapped in whipped cream and puffy Pegasus dreams. She’s one of the very few singers I listen to outside of “my” genre (which is alternative metal).
I bet you have favorite songs too, among those that accompany (and sometimes shape) your writing process. And I bet yours are pretty different — which is awesome. Care to share?