Music Prompt #2

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This collection has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

Below is a list of the songs and where they begin and end, just in case one of them really hits you.

0:00 – 2:36 ‘Dawn’ – Pride and Prejudice – Dario Marianelli
2:37 – 5:17 ‘Going to School’ – Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
5:18 – 8:20 ‘Kitty’s Theme’ – The Painted Veil – Alexandre Michel Desplat
8:21 – 11:12 ‘Kisses & Cake’ – P.S I Love You – John Powell
11:13 – 13:16 ‘A Life So Changed’ – Titanic – James Horner
13:17 – 15:40 ‘Silver Leaves’ – Treasure Planet – James Newton Howard
15:41 – 17:30 ‘Arrivals no.2’ – Like Crazy – Dustin O’Halloran
17:31 – 19:24 ‘Romantic Flight’ – How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
19:25 – 20:39 ‘Finale’ – Anastasia – David Newman
20:40 – 21:35 ‘Little Birthday Girl’ – Brave – Patrick Doyle
21:36 – 23:04 ‘A Gift of a Thistle’ – Braveheart – James Horner
23:05 – 25:17 ‘The Cave’ – The Hunger Games – James Newton Howard
25:18 – 30:37 ‘Fairy Dance’ – Peter Pan – James Newton Howard
30:38 – 34:11 ‘Atonement’ – Atonement – Dario Marianelli
34:12 – 36:25 ‘Harry & Hermione’ – Harry Potter 6 – Nicholas Hooper
36:26 – 38:48 ‘Campfire’ – Tangled – Alan Menken
38:49 – 40:11 ‘Mayan Bowl Breaks’ – Chocolat – Rachel Portman
40:12- 42:35 ‘River Waltz’ – The Painted Veil – Lang Lang

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