I've been writing since I was 15 and since then I've found that I have criteria for what music I listen to while I write. Ideally, it should:
Though these are labelled, they're not really in a particular order. These are just a handful of my favourites.
8 - Deep Sea Ranch from Ponyo
This song is from one of my favourite movies, Ponyo. It helps me concentrate because it's light and magical. I listened to this song to keep me calm when I was on a plane (heading to New Zealand), and it was taking off. I'll always remember being in the air, listening to this song, and looking down as the earth fell away beneath me.
The song makes up the first two minutes of this video, but I highly recommend listening to the entire thing.
7 - A Window to the Past from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite Harry Potter movie. When I was a teen and feeling low, I'd watch this movie. This movie was (and sometimes still is) my lumos and patronus charm.
6 - Sho's Lament (Instrumental Version) from Arrietty
This song is from another favourite film of mine, Arrietty. I love this song because it reminds me of that movie and one of the main characters, Sho.
There's a version of this song with lyrics, but I find it easier to concentrate without them. I get distracted from my writing if a song has lyrics, and I end up singing to the song instead of writing.
5 - One Summers Day from Spirited Away
The piano is one of my favourite instruments, I even used to play the piano when I was a kid. I love the live version of this song in particular because it really shows off this instrument and the passion behind playing it.
I especially love this song because it's from Spirited Away which, you guessed it, is one of my favourite movies. It's the first Studio Ghibli movie I watched, and I fell in love with it.
4 - Night Mist by Adrian von Ziegler
This song is twenty minutes of instrumental music, and it's a bit repetitive, but it has helped me write because it's relaxing. What really makes this song great is the storm and rain foley, which I find soothing.
3 - Love Like You from Steven Universe
Even though this song has lyrics, it's mellow enough for me to write to. Plus I adore Steven Universe so it has that personal pull.
2 - Lucy Meets Mr Tumnus
As you may know, I love the Chronicles of Narnia movies especially The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Listening to this song gives me those warm and fuzzy feelings.
1 - Cave Of No Mind from Howl's Moving Castle
If any song deserves to be number one, it's this song. It has more depth and darkness than the other songs on this list. This song is from my favourite scene in Howl's Moving Castle and is also my favourite score from a movie soundtrack. It's just one of those songs that has so much emotion and feeling that I can't help but love it.
There are many other great songs I listen to when I write, but these have are my favourite because they are all personal to me. Without that personal connection, they wouldn't have had as much of an impact on me as they do.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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