25 November, 2011

NaNoWriMo Video Songfest!

This blog event is hosted by Jon Paul at Where Sky Meets Ground.

The Goal of the NaNoWriMo Video Songfest (from his blog):
  • Have a total blast!
  • Share some awesome NaNo writing music, and get a chance to hear the tunes everyone else finds groovy.
  • Give everyone one stop shopping for a right rockin' video playlist throughout the month.  With any luck, the combined energy of all that awesome music will help us get across that 50k word finish line just a little bit faster!  Who knows, maybe that really moving snippet of music posted by a fellow writer helps you nail a difficult scene or understand a character better.
  • Even if you're not doing NaNo this year, why not throw one of your favorite videos into the mix to support your fellow writers and let everyone else benefit from your good taste!

I had meant to post this earlier in the month, but then I forgot about it somewhere in the midst of things--I really must start paying more attention to my own Current Participation page. :P

But anyway, here's the video:

Not exactly a song, I know, but Beethoven rarely fails to get me feeling at least a little bit more energized. Particularly toward writing Science Fiction, though I'm not sure why.


Do you have any favorite music to listen to before/when you're writing?

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nothing wrong with a little classical music.
I tend to listen to heavy metal or progressive rock while writing. The intricate and detailed songwriting behind prof rock really inspires me. And so do the jamming' tunes!

Emily Rose said...

I like listening to classical when I'm writing or working on school. Specifically Mozart's Requiem.

Clarissa Draper said...

Music really moves me, so I choose music appropriate to the scene I'm writing. If I'm writing a dramatic scene, I like to listen to soft music. If I'm writing a fun scene, I like to listen to more upbeat songs.

Susan Kane said...

I am pretty eclectic. It just depends where my mind and mood are.

Carol Kilgore said...

If I listen to music while I write, it almost has to be through headphones that shut out other noise. I feel cocooned in my on little world of the story.

Happy Weekend!

Donna Hole said...

Funny; I tend to blog a while before getting seriously into writing. Writing comments seems to get the creative juices flowing. And, I listen to whatever is out there.

If, however, I were to pick a favorite writing music; it'd be some form of classical. Or movie theme's. I like music without words - but piano music really gets me in the mood.

I'm having some blogger problems that prevents me from watching many video's right now; but I know I love Bethoven, so I'm sure I would get lost in this music for a long time :)


Anonymous said...

I'm with Clarissa, I absolutely adore Music and I always seem to go for music which suits my mood at the time or depending on what I am writing at the time.x

Charles Gramlich said...

Beethoven and SF? Now that's intersting.

Old Kitty said...

Now that's what I call music! Yay! take care

Heather said...

Classical makes me think of sci-fi too. I'm not sure why that is. I'm like Alex though, I like my heavy rock. But then, I'm also very diverse and listen to just about anything and everything to get in the right frame of mind for my characters

anthony stemke said...

I cannot play that video above but music is very important to me. I like most music, but when writing I tend to listen to chamber music.

Happy weekend.

Misha said...

Depends. I like music that suits the story I'm writing, but Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars have songs for every occasion.


The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: Can't beat a good tune. :)

Emily: I love that piece!

Clarissa: I usually like listening to loud music whenever I'm writing a dramatic scene--I like carrying the scene along with the music.

Same here on the second point. :)

Susan: That's sometimes the way it is for me, too.

Carol: I could never get that used to headphones--particularly earbuds. I prefer having music about the whole room. :P

Donna: I love listening to movie soundtracks! Sometimes I'll Google the names listed at the end credits of a movie, just to see who the artist(s) is/are.

Sorry to hear about the blogger issues. They always seem to be having some kind of problem, don't they?

He's one of my favorites. :)

Eve.E: Hooray for music-lovers!

Charles: Don't ask me why . . . his music almost always makes me think of space.

Old Kitty: LOL. Me, too--though there are other types of music that I enjoy. I just don't listen to them as often.

Heather: Good for you!

It's great when you find just the right music for a certain scene or character, isn't it? :)

Anthony: There are some great chamber music pieces.

Thanks! Hope you're having a great weekend.

Misha: Will have to check them out. :)

Belle said...

I love Beethovan's 9th. I remember going to a concert once and falling asleep until those cymbals crashed. That woke me up fast. I like the way you ask a question at the end of your posts and include people in your topic. That is so nice.

The only writing I do is blogging and I don't usually have music on. If I did, it would be Frank Sinatra although I'd be singing along so I don't think it would help my writing.

Talli Roland said...

I don't listen to music when I write, but if I did, it would have to be Sibelius or Chopin.

Rachel Morgan said...

Good old feisty Beethoven :-)

When I'm writing I can't listen to anything with words... Recently I've been listening a lot to the score from the first Transformers movie (to inspire action scenes!).

Madeleine said...

I love listening to music, though latterly my thryoid problems have affected this. I like to listen to The Corrs or Queen when ironing as it helps! I tend not to listen to any music with words when I write as I am an auditory person so it would just distract. A good bit of mozart helps the brain cells though.

Angela Ackerman said...

I listen to either the website 'Rainy Mood' or the LOTR sound tracks. I find music with words throws me off my game. :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Flying high in the sky.... said...

interesting!! i listen to music thruout the day!!

C D Meetens said...

I was trying to rewrite my WIP on the train over the weekend, and it was pretty noisy. I stuck the playlist for the WIP on (quite a bit of Within Temptation), and not only did that block out the racket, but kept me in the story's mood too.

Paul Tobin said...

I used to write with music on all the time but as I have got older I tend to work in silence. When I do have music on, which, as I say is rarely, then it tends to be jazz, Duke Ellington or Art Pepper.

Anonymous said...

Just about anything. B-52s, Mozart, The Cars. I can rock out or mellow out and write.

Deniz Bevan said...

I think that's a great choice! I also really like Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

farawayeyes said...

I like it hard and fast. Rolling Stones my favorite. Although I have to admit I get great inspiration from their Country song. Anybody hazard a guess? It's slow and whiny. At one time a guy used to play it for me every time I walked into his business establishment. It was a compliment. Thank You Steve. It kind of stuck.

The Golden Eagle said...

Belle: There are some loud parts to the piece of music. :P

Thanks! I noticed several other bloggers doing it and decided to try it myself--it seems to get more of a response. :)

LOL. I know I'd do that with some music.

Talli: I love Chopin!

Rachel: Definitely. :)

I've never watched Transformers--I'll bet there's some great action scene music in it, though!

Madeleine: I'm sorry to hear it's affecting your listening to music!

It usually helps me, too. :)

Angela: LOTR FTW!

Words sometimes throw me off, too--depends on what the lyrics are like.

Sushmita: We used to play music more often . . . but ever since the major CD player broke, it's been intermittent.

C D: Glad to hear you found the right music for writing on the train! :)

I always have trouble writing when there are too many people around; it distracts me.

Paul: I love listening to Jazz music.

Stephen: Good for you. :) Having a certain kind of music always affects me--if it's too different from what I've listened to before, then it throws me off the writing.

Deniz: Thanks!

I'll have to see if I can find that one. :)

Farawayeyes: Wow. That was nice of him!

Thanks for coming by The Eagle's Aerial Perspective. :)

Mason Ian Bundschuh said...

Ah yes, the "To Write to Music, or Not" designation.

Sometimes I NEED silence, but more often than not I write to music.

And, more often than not I just hit random (and because of the nexus between my eclectic tastes and 6000 song iTunes library, it really is random).

But for those certain, special times, there is only Sigur Ros.

They are an Icelandic post-rock group whose swelling, orchestral soundscapes immediately transport me.

If you are at all intrigued by my description of them, please go have a listen. I recommend starting with Viðrar vel til loftárása or Svefn-g-englar

Oh, and congrats on conquering NaNoWriMo! :)