If you’re in the mood to discover new music, please support my friends at Musicto by visiting their site and listening to the custom playlists I’ve made for them below.
“Music to Summon the Guardian Angel” [metal]
“Becoming the Boomer” [rock]
Let me know if you find something you like and hadn’t heard before! Thanks to Musicto for the opportunity.
The Welsh have an interesting word, hiraeth, which is meant to express homesickness, especially for a home that either cannot be returned to or does not exist. This word best expresses the type of songs that I seek out in order to grow my writing playlist–a collection of songs that (subjectively) amplify, rather than disturb, the creative process. Unsurprisingly, these songs typically gravitate to archetypal or Hero’s Journey themes. Their lyrics are engaging but utterly unsurprising, like the dialogue of dreams. And their melodies are often haunting enough to seem more at home about an ancient campfire or cathedral or battlefield than radio waves. Finally, they frequently follow classical music’s structural penchant for crescendo rather than the rinse-repeat of verse and chorus. Here are a few samples below, hopefully to inspire you in making your own writer’s playlist.