I’m really curious. Because music is super important to what I do.

I’m a writer. But I’m also a mom. A mom with three kids at home (all day long!) It’s not easy to balance homeschooling, a newborn, and writing. So when I sit down to write between the spelling lesson in the morning and the peanut butter catastrophe that’s sure to happen in the next hour, I need something to help transport me to the world my characters live in.

I have dozens of play lists put together. Countless songs for particular emotions, experiences or settings. But I’ll name just a few. Keep in mind the list changes as I do. It changes as my characters evolve. As they grow. As they experience their world–emotions that are as unique as the characters themselves.

Sorrow. Joy. Tension. Anger. Bittersweet yearning.

So without further adieu, here are a few of my top choices right now:

Don’t wait for me by Josh Garrels
Silver coin by Angus and Julia Stone
I will exalt you by Hillsong United

…and of course lots of Adele and Iron and Wine

Often times, I listen to folk music, like the Cold Mountain soundtrack. It helps me feel my setting and my surroundings. Helps me dive into the Appalachian culture I write about. I’m excited to expand on this in another post soon.

I’d love to hear from you. What songs stir your emotions? If you’re a writer, what songs do you listen to that reflect the setting of your stories?

Photo credit: Cold Mountain, 2003