I mostly write to music. Most of my novels have theme songs -- oddly, A Marriage of Insects is the one that doesn't, having been written before I discovered that bit of magic. And it really is magic, in the terrestrial psychological-effect sense. I have trained myself to focus on Mating Flight when I hear Morning Musume's Onna Ni Sachi Are, or Wrath of Trees when I hear Varttina's Maahinen Neito. For more extensive writing, I have a whole playlist -- which I constantly tinker with, and some of which I listen to elsewhere, but is suitable for writing that story.
Sythyry doesn't have theme music.
Theme music, or a solid playlist, would help me write more Sythyry.
So here's the contest. Suggest music for Sythyry to me.
- First Prize: Super-cameo: a character of your design will be Sythyry's favorite musician in Srineia. Hijinx and/or doom may be involved.
- Second Prize: Everyone who tells me something useful (or something new that I like even if it doesn't work in the Sythyry playlist) gets a cameo as a musician. Or, if you prefer, is allowed to decline a cameo as a musician.
- A successful entry has to suggest Sythyry or World Tree when I listen to it.
- I have to be able to listen to it, and buy it legally, somehow.
- (Pointers to Amazon mp3s or iTunes songs are perfect for me to buy it.)
- (Actually, something that I happen to have around and hadn't thought of would be even better.)
- Pointers to sites where I can listen to at least a sample before buying are good.
- If it's too much work to get ahold of or I can't figure out how to, I won't listen to it.
- Multiple suggestions are fine, and even encouraged.
Here are my suggestions:
- I do like vocal music for writing, especially energetic stuff. Not required, but helpful.
- Music with English lyrics mostly interferes with writing, though. (Scraps of English, as often found in J-POP, seems OK.) French and Welsh music is only a little of a problem -- I don't speak them well enough to fuss about the words in music -- and other languages are all good.
- I'm not that fussy about artistic merit or stylistic appropriateness. Morning Musume is aimed at adolescent Japanese girls, but works really well as writing music for me.