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Music for Thought

You sit there, I know you do, and type away adventures of your personas here, or there, but I do wonder, WHAT do you listen too when setting the “mood” for your writings?


Be it a blog, spark of a roleplay or the monologue of a reply, what’s piping through those speakers of yours, if anything at all!

Does your persona have a theme song? Feel free to link, or share the name of the music that moves you, or at least your fingers.

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  1. Byron Wexhome Byron Wexhome March 30, 2011

    ((Hmmmm…I do like the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack (Hans Zimmer), and some classic ragtime (Scott Joplin, Rich Zimmerman)…but I’ve also been inspired by the Moody Blues, Nickelback, Schuyler Fisk, and Jason Mraz..))

    ((As to a “Theme Song” for Byron…why, “If I Only Had a Heart,” of course…*grin*))

    • Kristos Sonnerstein Kristos Sonnerstein March 30, 2011

      ((I quite concur on the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack! I have Discombobulate in my playlist. Aside from that, I go for a bit of Abney Park, Dr. Steel if in the proper mood and a few tunes from the Daniel Pemberton TV Orchestra as well as Max Raabe and some other random stuff.))

  2. Holocluck Henly Holocluck Henly March 30, 2011

    When I draw, I always come back to ELO.  When I write anything, I turn all media off. I have to hear the words in my head.  I was one of those weird kids who never had the radio blaring during homework.

    I never listen to someone else’s dramas to get ideas for my own. I had a healthy dose of silent films back in the day when I was majoring in them for film history (a secondary major). Exposure to them can instill one with a sense of plot which you can apply to just about anything without falling into common pitfalls – like reaching for Dieux ex Machina

    btw my collection in music is very ecclectic: turn of last century to 2000’s.  I’ll listen to Paul Whiteman one minute then The Gorillaz the next.

  3. Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 30, 2011

    Sounds like you all have a great variety going there gentlemen, and my thanks for you sharing.


    I can agree with you partly Mr. Henly, I cannot do “studies” or anything too indepth with destraction, but basic writing and even reading a book, I like to have a little music going on in the background.


    Mr. Wexhome: How adorable…

    Mr. Sonnerstein: I’m sure you have the Captains Newest Release (Abney Park), what do you think of it?



    • Kristos Sonnerstein Kristos Sonnerstein March 31, 2011

      Actually, unfortunately I don’t have it, Ms. Namori. I’ve recently had some trouble with my iTunes account being invaded for someone else’s pleasure (My, that sounds like a naughty analogy, doesn’t it?). However, I’m having a listen to the previews on it at the moment and do quite like Victorian Vigilante. A lot of them so far sound much like their old stuff though. Some of them after that point seem quite better th::grabs up the window and throws it out.. the window for too much rebuffering interference:: 

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 31, 2011

      I do like film soundtracks, Zimmer is a musical master and all that jazz, love it too.

  4. Queer Hermit Queer Hermit March 30, 2011

    My audio inspiration while on my current work “Tales of the Kunoichi” comes from the Yoshida Brothers radio channel of Pandora internet radio.  When I was writing “The Neighbors” I was listening to our own Radio Riel and its steampunk channel.

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 30, 2011

      Completely and utterly enjoy the Yoshida Brothers…they are brilliance in musical form. I didn’t know Pandora had a channel! (notes this and stars it like crazy)

  5. Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs March 30, 2011

    Sometimes Radio Riel, but more often classical or new age/ambient music–something without words, so I’m not distracted by the music.

    I mentioned it before, but the song that best exemplifies Bookworm–still, I think–is ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ from the Kooza soundtrack.  (Can’t find the Youtube plain video that had it before, but this one plays the whole song, too.

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 30, 2011

      Thank you for sharing Ms. Book, and it is very fitting now that I’m getting to know your persona better.

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 30, 2011

      All excellent and diverse examples. Love Angus and Julia…I listen to them on the  laptop when I’m out at the coffee shop.


  6. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin March 30, 2011

    hmmmmm….. difficult, i do like a wide range of music playing as background, though tend to listen to what the parcel is playing while wandering sl – some music goes wonderfully with the sim, some….. doesn’t! hehe

    Not sure what Tepic’s theme would be, possibly “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin, for the idea of always being cheerful no matter what?

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 30, 2011

      From what I’ve gotten to know about you little Tepic, I say smile is nothing short of perfect for a theme.

  7. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk March 30, 2011

    my roomates have always complained about the quietness, before they figure out that the real reason i rent the spare room is so someone will make noise.

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 31, 2011

      So…you Enjoy the Silence then, but don’t mind if others bring on the noise? -muses-

  8. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman March 30, 2011

    usually something like The Protomen, Doctor Steel, Muse, MC Chris, Nightwish, Dethklok,  Johnothon Coulton, The Aquabats, Flogging Molly,  or the CowBoy Bebop or Macross Plus soundtracks going, among others, depending what I’m working on or what mood I’m in 

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 31, 2011

      Mr. Footman, your playlist is golden, and it’s nice to see another Bebop fan about! Did you get into Samurai Champloon at all? Nightwish is also lovely…Nemo is my favorite.

  9. Phaedra Underby Phaedra Underby March 30, 2011

    I have a number of playlists I listen to when I’m trying to get in a creative mood, there is, in fact, a playlist in my Ipod called “The Phaedra List,” which often alters itself depending on what she’s been up to lately.  Currently it has the following songs on it (in this order): 

    Undisclosed Desires-Muse
    Howl-Florence + The Machine
    El Tango De Roxanne-Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
    Living Dead Girl-Rob Zombie
    Wayward & Down- Cory Branan 
    Cosmic Love-Florence + The Machine
    Veronique-Pink Martini
    Casual Affair-Tonic
    Lies- the Once soundtrack
    Drumming Song-Florence
    Take this waltz-Leonard Cohen  

    Line those up and play them and enjoy a brief glimpse into my brain, just don’t stay there too long. I wouldn’t want you to get hurt. 

      • Phaedra Underby Phaedra Underby March 30, 2011

        Cudos, Mr. Lupindo, for discovering where my name came from. 

        • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo March 31, 2011

          The song some how seemed appropriate for you. *Grin*

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 31, 2011

      I’m a dear friend of Ms. Veronique so it’s always a thrill to see others enjoy her music! I’ll have to sit down and listen to all of these songs again plus what was also referred for you by the other gent.

      Thank you for sharing.

  10. Gabrielle Riel Gabrielle Riel March 31, 2011

    I am almost always listening to one of the six Radio Riel streams as I go about my work. The stream depends on my task. If I am doing something that takes a lot of concentration and from which I do not want to be distracted, I listen to Main or Reverie.

    When I wander New Toulouse doing Estate work, I usually listen to RR NT. I listen to Steampunk when I want an energy boost.

    As for a personal theme song…I have several, although I associate them with the different communities in which I live.

    When I think of myself in New Babbage it’s “Gabrielle” by Paul Roland: .

    When I think of my “younger years” in Caledon, it’s “Nightingale” by Yanni:

    Yes, Yanni.  ;-) I just *dare* you to mock me!

    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo March 31, 2011

      Dear Miss Gabrielle, Consider yourself mocked.

  11. Bianca Namori Bianca Namori March 31, 2011

    Thank you for sharing Ms. Riel, though with your musical background I’m suprised at the rather short list, THOUGH very fitting. I do like Yanni, especially after one of those days where strangling seems more like a need, instead of a crime.


    Mr. Lupindo, what about you? What’s in -your- playlist my tauntalicious friend?

    • Gabrielle Riel Gabrielle Riel March 31, 2011

      I kept it short for a reason. That being that I have far, far too many songs that I associate with my Avatar, Second Life and my SL Exes.

      If you want to hear all of my music for these things, tune in to Radio Riel Main on April 21. I have SEVEN hours of music that I consider “my”music for SL…and I am going to play it all on Main for my 5th Rezday.  :-)

      Here’s a song that always reminds me of a certain gentleman in New Babbage:

      *watches the gossip mill go crazy as people try to figure it out*

      I *think* he will figure out that it’s him, but I could be wrong!  ;-)

      • Edward Pearse Edward Pearse April 1, 2011

        *knows far too many of the skeletons in your closet* :-)

      • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska April 4, 2011

        Mr Valeska regrets the lack of video on your link (big Zoe Deschanelle fan, and Mss Perry does favor her some) <g>

  12. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse April 1, 2011

    Despite my interest in music I rarely have music on as *background*. I tend to listen to music to listen to it: putting together playlists for events and that sort of thing. I’f I’m writing or something I’m usually listening to the sound of the computer fan :-)

  13. Yang Moreau Yang Moreau April 1, 2011

    I have sort of general sounds for when playing Hono or Yang. For Hono it tends to be Abney Park’s Aether Shanties, especially Wanderlust and plenty Beats Antique. For Yang it tends to be the Sherlock Holmes track or (and here I must agree thoroughly with Ms. Hermit) Yoshida Brothers, and in general some instrumental stuff, sometimes Epic Score. Dear little Scald doesn’t have a flavor of music to himself, I don’t think. I suppose some of Mike Oldfield’s songs suit him. The peacefully light and celebratory feeling of this one seems to well. 

    Okay, this one might be better suited.. But now I’m just digressing into listening to more of his stuff and it’s  getting me about ready to just take out some of my CDs and go sit outside in the sun with the player.

    In general I’ve got Dr. Steel, Johnny Hollow, Chris Vrenna’s Wings of Steam has been on my list for years, Muse is a definite as is Apocalyptica. There’s a lot more on there. All depends on mymood and what I’m doing. 

    Oh, and if I’m feeling really light hearted, some Kerli and Royksopp… Anyone got a spare umlaut for that one..?

    • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska April 4, 2011

      Goodniss grayshuss! I started reading this thread without knowing what a volley from the past I would receive! This particular Mike Oldfield piece I used to listen to ad infinitum whilst buried in the basement of my dormatory in Austin learning Calculus for the first time. A nice ethereal, even eerie mood, what with the mysterous vocals and all…

  14. Senjata Witt Senjata Witt April 3, 2011

    “Zydrate comes in a little glass vial- A little glass vial? -A little glass vial. And the little glass vial goooooes into the gun like a battery.  -Battery!- And the zydrate gun goes sssomewhere against your anatomy. -Atomy- and the gun goes off and it sparks, and you’re ready for surgery- SURGERY!”



    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori April 3, 2011

      sighs and goes to blast Repo….

      • Kristos Sonnerstein Kristos Sonnerstein April 3, 2011

        ::bows to Bianca:: Shall we go hop in costume then, Shiloh?

  15. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska April 4, 2011

    Radiohead! Some of their stuff is a bit screechy, and most a tad meloncholy, but fine for the brain. For a more rousing experience, the old Song Remains the Same live offering from the Plumbum Aerostat, and for a martial muse, Kashmir by the selfsame impractical airship.

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