Music is one of my greatest passions. I absolutely love to listen to the latest tunes by big name bands such as Kasabian, The Stereophonics and The Arctic Monkeys. However, I've found that it's difficult to concentrate at the same time as listening to their uptempo rock and roll sounds. It's for this reason that I've created a writer's playlist. Here are some of the standout tracks:
Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home
This song is sung by the highly talented lyricist, Patrick Watson. His atmospheric vocals interweave with the gently flowing piano and violin music. The song gradually builds to a great crescendo, which should leave you feeling suitably inspired.
Rodrigo Y Gabriella - Stairway To Heaven
Stairway To Heaven is a modern masterpiece, originally created by Led Zeppelin. It has been covered by other musical stars such as Dolly Parton and Rolf Harris over the years. However, Rodrigo Y Gabriella's latino version is the best in my opinion. The interplay between the two guitarists is absolutely breathtaking.
Air - La Femme D'Argent
There are plenty of downbeat electronica tracks that may be played as you write. This stripped back tune is a prime example. It was created by a French ensemble known as Air and it features a magical blend of bass and synth.
Ludovico Einaudi - Una Mattina
This Italian composer has produced a number of exquisite piano based tracks over the years. Many of them feature on his best selling album Una Mattina. The title track is subtle, refined and emotionally laden. It is the perfect track to play during the creation of deep and meaningful texts.
Michael Nyman - The Promise
I was reminded of this track while watching Jane Campion's television drama, Top Of The Lake. She also directed The Piano, a highly dramatic film featuring a superb Micheal Nyman soundtrack. The Promise was the standout piece in the film and it has stood the test of time. I often play it when writing blogs and articles.
Please feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments section below!