So, to keep my mind thoroughly off the release (those butterflies won’t settle down), I thought I’d talk about something I don’t mention much. When writing, the biggest and most important thing for me is what I’m listening to. Some people can’t write if they aren’t in a room that’s dead silent. I’m the opposite. Give me silence, and I won’t get anything done, nine times out of ten. I don’t recall what I was listening to when writing Ancient Ruins, but I do for Spells of Old.
Thunderstorm & Rain Sounds – 3 hours of rain and thunder. I live in Utah, and we get about 1 or 2 good thunderstorms per year. This was most of what I listened to, because it helped me relax and think properly.
Now, on to my favorite music for writing/brainstorming. I’ll generally link my favorite song from a given artist.
The Mummer’s Dance by Loreena McKennitt – I love all her work, but this one is hands down my favorite.
The Sound of Silence by Disturbed – I like some of their stuff, but for me it’s hit or miss. I listened to the album Immortalized a lot.
Children of the Sun by Thomas Bergensen – I love tons of Thomas’ work, and it is wonderful for me in particular to listen to. It’s just so thematic.
The Nexus by Amaranthe – I like most of Amaranthe’s work. Not all of it, but I’ll commonly put an album on repeat while writing.
Poison Remix by Groove Coverage – My favorite of the covers by Groove Coverage, I like the beat that they add to their songs. Runner up is the Last Unicorn.
All the Things She Said by t.A.T.u – I like pretty much all of their songs. Funny thing? I loved them before I had a clue about the artists themselves.
Carnival of Rust by Poets of the Fall – This is less common in that it’s the only song I really like by the artist, but I do enjoy it.
She is my Sin by Nightwish – First song I heard by Nightwish, and the album got me interested in buying music for the first time. Honestly, I’m glad I did. I adore pretty much everything by them.
Sisters of the Light by Xandria – This inspired the title of Sisters of Radiance, and I love the song. It isn’t terribly accurate or applicable to the story I’ve written at all, but I still adore it.
Bring Me to Life by Evanescence – I love the original album by Evanescence. With The Open Door I felt they changed their roots too much… but I also have some unreleased tracks from before they released Fallen, some of which are quite good. I don’t know where the friend who shared the disc with me got them, but I jealously guard them, since I only have a single copy of the files, and no names for them.
In Control by Nemesea – I enjoy this particular song. The other songs on the album are fairly good, but this is the one that stands out to me.
Other artists who I like but don’t stand out to that degree… Enya, Apocalyptica, The Azoic, Within Temptation, Blackmore’s Night (Airship Pirates!), ATC, Delain, E Nomine, Leaves’ Eyes, Linkin Park, and Kelly Clarkson.
…Come to think of it, that’s a lot of artists, but yeah. I like a variety.