Music While Writing

My Twitter feed has (once again) switched from an obsession with What Is Your Favorite Movie, to What Is Your Favorite Song.

After research into my digital playlists (making me wonder if I’m missing a gene as everyone on Twitter seems to know their fav song like they know their fav ice cream flavor), I came up with multiple favorites, starting with the song that always gets me going if I’m insisting I have writer’s block:

Ray of Light, Madonna (William Orbit produced some of her best, most creative work, IMO)
Dilate (Ani DiFranco, pictured)
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything Good (Elbow)
Some Bjork magic that never leaves me, won’t say which–but whales and hunters and magical orchestras and a squeezebox are involved
Drops Of Jupiter (Train)
Better Days (Eddie Vedder)
California (Led Zeppelin)
She’s A Rainbow (Rolling Stones)
Brian Eno’s ‘Discreet’ and airport compositions
Amelia, Joni Mitchell (actually difficult song to bear when I’m writing as lyrics freeze me like a deer in headlights)

To be honest, if I was ever ordered to come up with just one favorite song, or be killed, I would be killed.

Same with movies. Although, here, the list is shorter: Sense & Sensibility, Ghandi, ET and Jurassic Park, Hitchcock’s ’39 Steps’, The Black Stallion and Fly Away Home (Carroll Ballard is a genius, right?), LOTR, Sound of Music, oh dear–list is carrying on, probably ad nauseum, yes, I would be killed.

Always love to know what I might be missing in music and movies.

Yours in positive vibrations and visuals,


About PB Rippey

Writer, wife, mother, grateful. Fiction, memoir, poetry, kidlit (MG), member SCBWI.
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