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Saturday Night Music Playlist

Music is a huge part of my creative process, whether it is grooving in the car thinking up new ideas or playing the same songs over and over to catch a mood for a particular scene. Sometimes I obsess on a song for weeks at a time. With time being such a precious commodity, music shortcuts the time for me to get in “the writing zone.”

I’ll be updating my playlist on Saturdays.

March 02, 2013

I’ve got an itch to go out on Saturday night. If I do, these are some of the songs that will be on my playlist.

Start it off with “Midnight City” by M83
“Hello” by Martin Solveig & Dragonette
Follow up with Neon Tree’s “Animal”
“Punching in a Dream” by The Naked and Famous
Have a moment with Metric’s “Help, I’m Alive”
“Get Burned” by Sleeper Agent
“Closer” by Tegan and Sara
A Silent Film’s “Love Takes a Wrecking Ball”
Groove to “Need Your Love” by The Temper Trap
And wrap it up with Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”

It’s just about time to get the party on in The Dreamless City too. We’re going to the masquerade!

8 comments on “Saturday Night Music Playlist

  1. interesting how music is a catalyst for creative writing for you. i’ve never tried that myself, though i’m more focused on creating music since i’m a songwriter. but that is cool. music packs such power—i’m often swept away, my moods drastically altered by a tune. i actually just started a video blog discussing the power of music/showcasing some live playing. on the very first of my installments i discussed whether music affects our minds like a drug—altering a our state of consciousness, transporting us places we couldn’t get to w/o music…what do you think?

    • tracycembor
      March 4, 2013

      I was told that if you want to write well, you should read poetry. The problem is that I don’t get most poetry. But music, that I can understand. So I listen to music the way other people read poetry, actively trying to understand, not just the passive experience. Music can definitely alter our hearts and minds. They wouldn’t use it in religious services and movies otherwise. Music is powerful; so are words. Together, songs can make quite a dent on your soul.

  2. Przemek Kucia
    March 2, 2013

    To have a party my personal favorites – Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Date with the night and Pin, Foals – Hummer and good old Royksopp – Happy up here! :D

    The Temper Trap made it to my playlist ;)

    • tracycembor
      March 2, 2013

      Yeah Yeah Yeahs are awesome. I’m trying to decide if I like their new song “Sacrilege.” Can’t wait until I can hear the rest of their album. Too bad it doesn’t come out until April 16th.

      Foals misses the mark with me. I feel like it requires a male chromosomes in order to enjoy it, but I can’t really explain why. Royksopp and the Temper Trap always have good music. I’m a sucker for a good guitar solo, like in “Fader.”

  3. Gus Sanchez
    March 2, 2013

    My five-year-old went through a phase where all she wanted to hear was “Hello” over and over again. Not that I minded, because I found that song ridiculously catchy. And I’m a sucker for a ridiculously catchy song, which explains my love affair for “Call Me, Maybe.” Sue me.

    • tracycembor
      March 3, 2013

      I can’t wait until my little girl is old enough to obsess on a song that drives me batty. “Call Me Maybe” is fun stuff, and at least I can pick it out from all the other Top 40 songs that sound so incredibly similar. Besides, I can’t criticize anyone. Owl City’s “When Can I See You Again?” was released on a videogame-based, children’s movie soundtrack. I freakin’ love it, and Sweetpea likes dancing to it too.

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    March 4, 2013

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Monday through Friday I will be posting about writing as business and craft, the science of creativity, all things steampunk, and progress on The Dreamless City.

Weekends are reserved for my Music Playlist.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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