Music to my Words – Selected Songs to Help you Write Better.

About this project: 


Music to my Words is intended to be a column about the art of writing and the music that can spark specific emotions, moments, transitions or (yes!) sex scenes in your work.

I wholeheartedly believe music is an essential, unavoidable part of writing and I felt it was a subject that was not covered enough in the writing community so here I am.

Now the concept of this column is to squeeze the most (and the best) words out of your brain as you are typing away. Some of these songs may be hard to listen to in a different (non-creative) context but the point of this selection is to use the music to foster creativity in a different field. You may use those for design, drawing, painting… anything in fact.

If you are a writer, I absolutely invite you to poach these songs to use for your own craft, otherwise, you may just have stumbled upon a pretty damn good playlist and feel free to enjoy it as it is.

Here are the 52 masterpieces I intend to cover in the future. While my own taste is deeply rooted in heavy and noisy music, I am aware that it is not the only emotion out there and so, I’ve made conscious efforts to include many eras, styles and atmospheres, from punk to rock to noise, to hip hop and electronic or soul and yes, even pop and folk and country.

I want to cover massive superhits as well as absolutely obscure local bands.

First song will be up tomorrow,

I hope you enjoy,


The songs (In almost alphabetical order):


1 – Alicia Keys – In Common

2 –  Amy Winehouse – You know I’m no good.

3 – Aphex Twin – Jynweythek

4 – Atmoshphere – YGM

5 – Aun – Falcon

6 – Billie Holiday – Lover come back to me

7 – Billy Bragg and Wilco – Eisler On the Go

8 – Bjork – Hyperballad

9 – Calvin Harris – Faking It.

10 – Chelsea Wolfe  – 16 psyche.

11 – Chuck Ragan – Do you pray

12 – Converge – Cruel Bloom

13 – David Allan Coe – Take this job and shove it.

14 – Dead Prez – Mind Sex.

15 – Death From Above 1979 – Freeze Me.

16 – Dropkick Murphys – Rose Tattoo

17 – Elliott Smith – Between the Bars

18 – Erik Satie – Gnossiennes

19 – The Faint – I Disappear

20 – Hatebreed – Beholder of Justice.

21 – Jacob Bannon – The Blood of Thine Enemies.

22 – Kygo and Selena Gomez – It ain’t me.

23 – Lana Del Rey – High by the Beach

24 – Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans.

25 – Marylin Manson – Long hard road out of hell

26 – Metric – Help I’m Alive

27 – MF Doom Feat. Rza – Books of War

28 – Mike Patton – Snow Angel

29 – Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix

30 – Mogwai – I Know You Are But What Am I

31 – Murder City Devils – Bunkhouse

32 – NAS – You Da Man

33 – NAS – NY state of Mind

34 – Neurosis – Fear and sickness.

35 – NIN – 28 Ghosts IV

36 – NIN – La Mer.

37 – Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz.

38 – Plaid – Where?

39 – Portishead – The Rip

40 – Quantic – Time is the Enemy

41 – Radiohead – Idiotheque

42 – Red Clay River – Carolina

43 – Sage Francis – Going back to Rehab

44 – Sage Francis – Over Under

45 – Supermachiner – Treading in the wake of it all.

46 – Tom Waits – Alice

47 – Trentemoller – Moan

48 – Tricky – Aftermath

49 – United Steel Workers of Montreal – Emile Bertrand

50 – Method Man – Release Yo’ Delf.

51 – Sneaker Pimps – Roll On.

52 – Yann Tiersen – Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain – Les Jours tristes.


Music to Write to: My Summer 2014 Playlist

I’m in-between projects right now so I have time on my hands and not much to think about.

The first draft for “Grand Trunk and Shearer” is simmering for a week or two before I get into the re-writes.

I also have a short story in the works that’s almost done and that’s pretty much it.

As I am standing in the eye of the storm, getting ready for the next wave of self-and-not-so-self-inflicted deadlines, I needed to take a minute to recharge my creative juices.

And when I need that, I usually turn to music so I wanted to share with you my recent playlist. Of course, most of these are really old now, but good music ages well.

These songs are textured, atmospheric or have a very steady beat which has proven to get me writing faster. Depending on what mood the scene I’m working on requires, I just put one of these in loop and my brain gets to work like a steady locomotive on a railroad track.

In no particular order

National Anthem – Radiohead

Mexican Grand Prix – Mogwai

Right Where it Belongs – Nine Inch Nails

Snow Angels – Mike Patton (this was cut out of The Place Beyond the Pines soundtrack and someone made a 10 minute loop out of it and put it on youtube. I find it amazing!!!)

The Blood of Thine Enemies – Jacob Bannon

Truth – Bossk

Aftermath – Tricky

Coma Black – Marylin Manson

This City – Plaid (Tekkonkinkreet Soundtrack)

Blue – Sage Francis

That’s all for now.

Take care,