Music to write by

Yes, I’m planning to start a new book and that means time to cause my charge card to smoke in my wallet as I head out to amazon to download about 20 songs.

It would be more but I just bought an album by new country artist Maggie Rose titled Cut to Impress. I found her while watching the Country Network with her hit song, I ain’t your Mama. When I searched in youtube, I found other songs (and another name) and to my surprise I liked some of them better. My favorite is the gospel-esque Preacher’s Daughter (it’s been slowed down on the CD) and Wiskey and a Gun (renamed Looking Back Now on the CD–see authors aren’t the only one to change names).  While I enjoy the entire album, I’ve also found myself drawn to Better and I Know Better Now.

Listening to her album, I realize that there are songs that never get airtime but appeal to me in some way or another. From Taylor Swift’s Red album, I love the duet, The Last Time. Hunter Hayes’s  More Than I Should, and Green Day’s American Girl.

So am I know I’m missing potential favorites by just downloading a few songs but I have to start somewhere.

These are will soon be switched to my MP3 player:

Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel

It’s Only a Paper Moon by Ella Fitzgerald

I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice

Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go by Wham (I blame Glee for this)

Highway Don’t Care by Tim McGraw

Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert

Only Prettier by Miranda Lambert

Downtown by Lady Antebellum (I will buy this album)

I Can Take It From There by Chris Young

Rebel Beat by Goo Goo Dolls

You Don’t Know Her Like I Do by Brantley Gilbert

I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons

God Love Her by Toby Keith

If You’re Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins

Shuttin’ Detroit down by John Rich

Rich Girl by Hall and Oates

If You’re Never Gonna Move by Jessie Ware

River Deep, Mountain High by Ike and Tina Turner

As usual, it’s an eclectic mix of music. The truly  weird thing is I don’t really hear the songs when I’m writing at least not consciously, but I do come out of my fugue state to realize I’m signing along. That’s multi-tasking, not crazy:-)

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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3 Responses to Music to write by

  1. danrshaw says:

    I think you have an excellent choice in music. Though my collection would include some of Thompson Square and the Zac Brown Band. I know exactly what you are talking about as far as having to listen to music when you write. Way back in my younger days I used to write technical/training manuals for Navy Correction Officers and Correction Counselors. I had two cassette tapes I had to listen to when working.
    Andrew Webbers Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy directed by Ken Russell. I remember getting upset when my concentration was broken because I had to stop and turn the cassette over.
    Anyway my typing WPM would increase from around 40 up to over 65 WPM. I never realized this until I had it pointed out to me and then we did several timing tests. Like you I would hear the music while working.

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