playlists for optimal writing performance
Following the ~profgrrrrl~
Although I currently have 1,658 tracks on my laptop, the following subset is what I tend to listen to while writing. My options are limited to the CDs that I've ripped, which means I've owned them in the last year. There are plenty of CDs that I owned and didn't rip, then sold and haven't re-purchased. In a perfect I-have-lots-of-money-to-buy-music world, there would probably be old Echo & the Bunnymen, old Cure, old Depeche Mode and old Cocteau Twins on this list. Someday.
Lists below are in alphabetical order, because ranking would be difficult.
In the "anything by...." category:
- Fatboy Slim
- Kronos Quartet
- Massive Attack
- Toad the Wet Sprocket
In the "soundtracks" category:
- Evita (Madonna/Antonio version)
- Romeo + Juliet (Leo/Clare version)
- Velvet Goldmine
In the "specific releases" category:
- DJ Spooky "Riddim Warfare"
- Doves "The Last Broadcast"
- Eagle-Eye Cherry "Desireless"
- EBTG "Temperamental", "Love Not Money", "Amplified Heart"
- Filter "Short Bus"
- David Gray "White Ladder"
- Guster "Lost and Gone Forever"
- Jane's Addiction "Nothing's Shocking"
- Luscious Jackson "Fever In Fever Out"
- Metallica / San Francisco Symphony "S&M"
- Moby "Play"
- Throwing Muses "Hunkpapa"
- Twilight Singers "Twilight"
- U2 "All that You Can't Leave Behind"
Upon hearing Green Day's "American Idiot" in my friend's car yesterday, I believe this will go into "writing music" rotation.