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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Music - Inspiring the Writer's Muse #music #muse #mustread #amwriting

Welcome to BRB, everyone!

As a pianist, I find that music is one of several gateways to the soul. Music can influence a person’s mood, as well as their behaviour and it can ignite flights of artistic fancy. As for my taste in music, it’s similar to my taste in books: I enjoy a wide spectrum of styles, from pop to classical and everything caught in between. And I believe to really appreciate any form of creativity you have to be willing to sample a little of each. My favourites are classical and soundtracks because there are usually no vocals, just a wonderfully arranged set of notes that never fail to arouse my muse.

Some of the best motion picture soundtracks that I’ve heard this year so far are:

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
By Daniel Pemberton

Wonder Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
By Rupert Gregson-Williams

John Wick: Chapter 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
By Tyler Bates & Joel J. Richard

I wrote my entire Reaper series to the John Wick soundtracks (both movies)

Of course, movie soundtracks aren’t the only kind I listen to, the world of gaming and anime have produced equally amazing music. Here are just a few of my personal favourites:

Attack on Titan (Original Soundtrack)
By Hiroyuki Sawano

Haikyu!! (Original TV Animation Multiple Soundtracks)
By Various Artists

The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2)
By Various Artists

Yuri on Ice (Collection)
By Various Artists

Red Dead Redemption (Original Soundtrack)
By Various Artists

Kuroko no Basket (Original TV Animation Multiple Soundtracks)
By Various Artists

Assassin’s Creed
By Jesper Kyd & Lorne Bafle

Bleach (Original TV Animation Multiple Soundtracks)
By Various Artists

Ajin (Original Soundtrack)
By Yugo Kanno

Final Fantasy VIII (Original Soundtrack)
By Nobou Uematsu

I will stop here, as my list could continue indefinitely. If you’ve ever experienced writer's block, I’m sure you will appreciate listening to any one of these soundtracks. For me, music is usually the best remedy for those rare times when my brain draws a blank. And even if it doesn’t help, I still love to sit back, close my eyes and listen.

*Wikipedia: Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years. Throughout history, writer's block has been a documented problem. 

OMG I hope I never encounter this problem "unable to produce a work for years". Yikes!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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