Most folk know that I listen to music incessantly while I write. In my own defense, I sometimes go without listening to any music at all, especially if I see that the mood of the music is affecting the mood of my writing. For instance, there have been times when I find myself in the middle of a happy scene and, suddenly, I notice that it has turned into a sad scene. That is when I wake up and realize "Oops. I have the mood music going on."... I usually just switch it to something happy, but sometimes I turn the music off all together. So, I don't listen to music ALL the time. *squints at the accusers*
I've had several people ask me what kind of music I listen to while I write. The answer is: it depends on what I am writing. However, it is rarely anything with lyrics. I prefer instrumental and orchestral. I listen to tons of Celtic and Emotional, along with some World. What genre I choose depends on the mood I need in my writing, the nature of the scene I am writing, and the action going on.
Most of the time, I listen to songs composed and preformed by my all-time favorite YouTube Artists.
YouTube Artists are basically the Independent Published Authors of the music world. In fact, I generally call them "Indie Composers".
Who are my favorites? I am so glad you asked!
Adrian von Ziegler was the first "Indie Composer" that I became familiar with, and I quickly grew obsessed with his work. His music tends to be more melancholy and thoughtful, so it works well for all forms of writing. I particularly like his World and Emotional music. Each song just drips with feelings and emotion.
It is difficult to say which song is my favorite. I really like "Fatal Lullaby" and "Pulse" (which is Electronic and SO beautiful), but the one that has never ceased to suck me into thought-filled oblivion is "Where Shadows Cannot Reach".
BrunuhVille would be the second "Indie Composer" that I was introduced to. His music is usually very uplifting and more orchestral. I really like his Fantasy music. It has a very epic and fantastic feel to all of it. I listen to most of his when I need a heroic feeling in my writing.
Again, it is hard to pick a favorite, but if I was only allowed to pick one of his songs to listen to twelve times in a row, it would definitely be "Dance With Dragons".
After finding Zieglar and BrunuhVille, I became hungry for more like theirs. "Hungry" as in "snarling-like-a-starving-dragon" hungry.
That is when I found Peter Crowley, who has a very EPIC style of music:
And I also found Derek Fietcher and Brandon Fietcher (whom I have fondly dubbed "the Fietcher boys"). Derek's music is very fun and upbeat, and I really like his Chinese music. Brandon's compositions have every mystical element that I could ever wish for in fantasy music.
And last, but not least, is my current obsession: Peter Gundry. *sigh* Gundry's music is so smooth and nostalgic. So pristine. So beautiful. I can't get enough of it.
I have made sure to link each composer's YouTube channel to his name, so you should totally click into each name and check out their channel! Each one of them have dabbled in different genre's of music, so I think there is some great music for every kind of person on their channels!
If you like their music, be sure to follow them!
Author of the fantasy series, Tales of the Wovlen, Kathryn spends a great deal of time in the world of her imagination, having tea with fire breathing dragons, writing books on flying space ships, and practicing her mad scientist laugh with gusto. However, on occasion,she returns to this world just to play with her dog and blog about her fun.
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