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My Music List; Or, What I Listen to While I'm Writing by jeffreymartin

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My Music List; Or, What I Listen to While I'm Writing
I'd heard about people that listen to music while they're writing. I thought it was crazy.


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I was taking a writing class from Shonda Rhimes a couple of years ago. She wrote the tv show "Grey's Anatomy", along with a number of other tv shows. She mentioned that she listens to music while writing. "How odd," I thought. It seems like you would need to focus, and you couldn't while music was blaring in your ears.



Maybe she listens to classical music or something. It seems like having words ringing through your head while you're trying to write would be difficult. Nope. Shonda Rhimes listens to heavy metal while she writes. Crazy. That is, until I tried it.



Probably around a year ago now I decided to listen to a few of my favorite songs while trying to write. Just as an experiment. I wrote faster and better. I was surprised. Now, I almost always listen to music while I write. I can write anywhere, any time, but I prefer to be standing in front of a computer listening to my music list.



A number of my Chinese students asked for the kind of music that I like, so I made a list of the songs that I listen to while writing so that they can check them out. I've even let a few of them listen to a song while we were in session to satiate their curiosity.



Here's the list.



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A Place for My Head by Linkin Park

Maximize by Amaranthe

Feel Good Drag by Anberlin

The Resistance by Anberlin

Are You Ready by Disturbed

Becoming the Bull by Atreyu

Hail to the King by Avenged Sevenfold

Hear Me Now by Bad Wolves

Zombie by Bad Wolves

Tears Don't Fall by Bullet for My Valentine

Welcome Home by Coheed and Cambria

Courtesy Call by Thousand Foot Krutch

What If by Creed

Out of Line by Device

Inside by the Fire by Disturbed

Just Stop by Disturbed

Legion of Monsters by Disturbed

Pain Redefined by Disturbed

Remember by Disturbed

Voices by Disturbed

What are You Waiting For? by Disturbed

You're Mine by Disturbed

Beautiful by Eminem

Mockingbird by Eminem

Not Afraid by Eminem

The Monster by Eminem

Till I Collapse by Eminem

Bring Me to Life by Evanescence

Unbreakable by Fireflight

Fully Alive by Flyleaf

Remember by Gemini Syndrome

Stardust by Gemini Syndrome

I am the Fire by Halestorm

Here's to Us by Halestorm

Happy by Mudvayne

I'm Alive by Disturbed

Thunder by Imagine Dragons

Adrenalize by In This Moment

What Should I Do by Jaymes Young

Become the Beast by Karliene

Coming Undone by Korn

Never Never by Korn

Enjoy the Silence by Lacuna Coil

Heaven's A Lie by Lacuna Coil

Losing My Religion by Lacuna Coil

Our Truth by Lacuna Coil

Lose Yourself by Eminem

No Plan B by Manafest

Come Alive by Matty Mullins

Don't Stop by Nothing More

This is the Time by Nothing More

Face Everything and Rise by Papa Roach

Papercut by Linkin Park

Pioneer by House of Heroes

Do You Call My Name by Ra

Die Easy by Rag'n'Bone Man

Human by Rag'n'Bone Man

Smooth by Santana

What Lies Ahead by Semblant

In Chains by Shaman's Harvest

State of My Head by Shinedown

Life is Beautiful by Sixx A.M.

Stars by Sixx A.M.

We Will Not Go Quietly by Sixx A.M.

Feel Invincible by Skillet

Rise by Skillet

Animal by Smash Into Pieces

Let Me Be Your Superhero by Smash Into Pieces

Stronger by Smash Into Pieces

Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park

Breathe Again by Spoken

Through It All by Spoken

Carnivore by Starset

My Demons by Starset

Aerials by System of a Down

Hypnotize by System of a Down

This Is Gonna Hurt by Sixx A.M.

Black Honey by Thrice



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It's not every song that I like, but it's a solid list. I think listening to familiar songs is key. If you didn't know what was coming on next, or if it was a new song for you, you would probably pay too much attention to the music and not be able to let your mind keep that as the background so that you can focus on what you're writing. Every now and then I even put it on a single song for awhile, but I have found that I do like some variety.



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I recognise a few of these.  Good play list. Can definitely see how music can spark up creativity.

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