Writers often work to music. I’ve wondered what was playing in the back ground sometimes when a certain pice of writing was born. Yesterday I shared a few of my favorite musical muses. I often work in silence, but I have a few pieces that are guaranteed to put me in a rich, creative frame of mind.
One album stands apart from the rest. David Bowie’s Low album is my all time favorite writing music since I was 15 years old. How many candles have a burned as I slammed away at my old, harvest yellow typewriter?
Another favorite is Vitalic’s Poney Part 1 from his Ok Cowboy album. His music is featured in the film Birds. I can’t explain what is so hypnotic and amazing about this piece. The visuals are incredible, communicating glamour and high art with simple dogs. There’s a nod to The Cure as well, another thing to love.
Sometimes I need something with more bite. I mentioned Marilyn Manson and NIN, but She Wants Revenge, Mindless Self Indulgence and Kill Hannah are also regulars on my playlist when I need to feel noir. A favorite I go back to repeatedly is Manson’s If I were Your Vampire.