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What Music Do You Listen To While Writing?

I was wondering if anyone out there has suggestions for great writing music.  I listen to a variety of musical genres myself and am open to suggestions (iTunes anyone?).  Please leave a comment if there are any particular bands, albums, songs that you would recommend I check out in the future.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.


  1. somnambicsand says

    Good question! I personally find it hard to write if the music is lyrics based, or if I know the words too well. Instrumental elctro-ish sounds like the Dirty Three work well for me, or music where the words aren’t key like the Cocteau Twins. For a while I used a collection of sounds I first downloaded for insomnia, like the sea or footsteps in snow, and various others, and I find those can take the edge off the silence.
    Just spotted this under the ‘writing’ tag, interesting to think about…


    • First off, thanks for reading my blog! I didn’t want to limit people’s suggestions by x-ing out music with lyrics but I agree that the words can be a distraction. Sometimes I listen to music in a foreign language (Rufus Wainwright’s version of “Complainte De La Butte”, for example) as if I’m not thinking about what the lyrics means, it’s easier to write. I haven’t tried a collection of songs but I like the idea of it. Are there any albums you’d recommend I check out? I love writing to movie soundtracks (So epic!) and to classical music but some contemporary classical is great too. I’m not familiar with the Dirty Three but I’ll check them out too.


  2. somnambicsand says

    Foreign language is a good idea. I might look for some the next time I’m getting distracted by music. I use 8tracks.com sometimes, it’s a site where people post mixes, and often they have themes like reading or writing.. can be a bit hit and miss, but I usually come across something good!


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