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.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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2 Responses to Muse-ics

  1. Adrienne says:

    I am so thankful for that wonderful image of you jamming out to some Manson.

    I’m extremely sensitive to sound, in that fun way that compels professionals to diagnose me, and I’m also an obsessively languistic musician, so I can’t listen to music at all when I write. What I have found terribly useful is the white noise app NoiseBox. Very simple, no birds or other noises that stick out. Just walls of that sweet, sweet static.

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