TOP TENS SPOTLIGHT
My Top Ten Songs/Music to Write to:
Okay, some of these are albums and some of these are specific songs. I tend to go in for some pretty obscure stuff, so don’t be surprised if most of these are totally unfamiliar. They have, however, seen me through multiple books, so I can testify to their efficacy (that’s a cool word).
1. Everybody Digs Bill Evans – This is the ultimate de-stress album for me and works wonders for taking away the cares of the day and allowing me to write. I especially love “Peace Piece” and “Some Other Time.”
2. Chronotrigger Symphonic – This is a symphony adaptation of the popular game and the music is simply awesome. It not only provides great mood music for writing, but also provides a great beat for an aerobics workout. I really enjoy “Blue Skies of Guardia.” It’s so cheerful and uplifting.
3. Watermark – This is one of two Enya albums on here and the whole Gaelic vibe she has going is pretty much perfect for writing Fantasy. My favorite track of this one is “Storms in Africa.”
4. Ken Burns Jazz – Art Blakey. I love this album because the jazz has such a great edge to it. A lot of it, like my favorite track, “Doodlin,” falls into the hard bop category. If I ever write a gritty detective novel I’ll probably be listening to this the whole time. Even for fantasy, it’s great for those tough, edgy scenes.
5. Oscar Peterson – Jass ‘Round Midnight. This is probably the most romantic jazz I’ve ever heard. My favorite track is “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” Whenever that song comes on the romantic heat in the house goes up ten degrees.
6. The Celts – This is the other Enya album on my list. It’s just great mood music for writing. I can’t tell you how many times I let the album cycle through while I was deep into my work in progress.
7. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady – This is an incredible ensemble effort put together by Charlie Mingus. The album dates from 1963 and the brand of jazz on here may be a little inaccessible, but the music is unbelievably intense.
8. Central City Sketches – This is a wonderful swing album put by Benny Carter some years back. It’s the old kind of music that never gets old.
9. Shiny Stockings: The Lori Mechem Quartet – This is a great collection of Count Basie tunes arranged and performed by a wonderful jazz pianist in Nashville, Lori Mechem. My favorite track is Meet B. B.
10. The Most relaxing Jazz in the Universe – A very mellow collection that allows me to write without distractions.
So, there it is. A collection of my favorite albums. I should probably put all these people in the acknowledgements section of my next book. J
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