The Writer's Playlist


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!

What Is A Blog?


Do a search for the word blog on Google or Bing and you will see a wide range of definitions. Wikipedia informs us that a blog is ' a shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called 'blogging'. Individual articles on a blog are called 'blog posts.' Unfortunately this doesn't tell us about key aspects of blogging such as the suitable frequency of posts, subjects discussed or layouts.

Key Features

There have been millions of blogs written on a fantastic range of subjects during the last 30 years. They are all bound by a common set of features. Each blog is written and published in chronological order, just like a diary. The popular blogs are also updated on a fairly regular basis. Power bloggers may publish content 3 times a day, while busy business people may only find the time to blog once per week. Visitors are usually able to leave comments, which are then verified by the blog owners.

A Personal Publishing Platform

The earliest blogs were written by individuals as a means of keeping friends and family updated. They featured stories about weddings, births and other important personal occasions. The bloggers also chose to include images and use snazzy designs. The personal blogs were typically published via popular platforms such as the Open Diary, Live Journal and Blogger.

Business Blogs

It didn't take long for business owners to catch on to the benefits of blogging. They were keen to position themselves as industry experts by writing informational blogs on the latest happenings in their respective industries. The business bloggers have been able to build a sense of community by generating content that is of direct interest to their website visitors and engaging in online conversations about the different blog topics.

Further Information?

If you're keen to learn more about the history of blogs or the importance of hiring a professional blog writer then please leave a comment at the end of this post. I will do my very best to answer any questions that you pose!

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