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Creating a Writing Soundtrack

I’ve always found it difficult to write in silence. Even as far back as high school, if I was writing an essay or report, I needed music in the background or my mind would wander. Now, when I’m working on poetry and short stories, I like to listen to classical music written or featured in soundtracks for movies and TV shows.

I’ve been compiling a playlist with a mix of pieces from soundtracks that stand out to me when I first hear them. I keep adding to and rearranging the songs, but I can still remember the scenes in which I heard them. Below is my writing playlist in its current form, let me know if you have any suggestions to add!

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 If your a fan of spoken word poetry, read this comparison of Ann Sexton’s two performances of Music Swims Back to Me. The article highlights the difference between the two readings in 1959 and 1974, breaking down how each performance puts the poem in a different context.


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Pas De Duex, Michael Abels, Us

Selina Transforms, Pt. 2, Danny Elfman, Batman Returns

Light of the Seven, Ramin Djawadi, Game of Thrones

Heart-Shaped Box, Ramin Djawadi, Westword

Black Hole Sun, Ramin Djawadi, Westword

Paint It Black, Ramin Djawadi, Westword

House of the Rising Sun, Ramin Djawadi, Westword

Back to Black, Ramin Djawadi, Westword

Exit Music (For A Film), Ramin Djawadi, Westword

Sweetwater, Ramin Djawadi, Westword

The Hanging Tree, James Newton Howard, Mockingjay

Every 27 Years, Benjamin Wallfisch, It

Overture, Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack and Sally Montage, Vitamin String Quartet, The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Melody of a Fallen Tree, Windsor for the Derby, Marie Antoinette

Dawn, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Pride and Prejudice

The Secret Life of Daydreams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Pride and Prejudice

Rey’s Theme, John Williams, The Force Awakens

Familiar Scar, Lorne Balfe, Marcella

The Rising Sun, Lee England Jr., Shinsuke Nakamura’s WWE Theme Song

Suspiria, Goblin, Suspiria

Hope Overture, Clint Mansell; Kronos Quartet, Requiem for a Dream

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 II. Alegretto, Beethoven, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Robot

Vladimir’s Blues, Max Richter, The Leftovers

Batman Evolution, The Piano Guys

Unable to Speak, Don Davis, The Matrix

Clubbed to Death, Rob D,  The Matrix


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