Has anyone else heard The Piano Guys? I saw them on TV the other night for the first time and fell head-over-heels in love with their music. When they played Rolling in the Deep by Adele, I felt like I was hearing the melody for the first time. Their two CDs are winging their way to house, or maybe driving in the mail truck. I live a mile from an Amazon fulfillment center, and there are times I wish I could just stop by and pick stuff up, but that’s another conversation.
The Piano Guys CD are going into what I call the soundtrack pile. These are CDs I play while I write. The music is all over the road–everything from country to chamber music to Led Zeppelin.
A quick word about CDs . . . I have an iPod but I can’t write with ear-buds or even headphones. Having music in the background blocks out distractions, but having it in ear is just too much. So, old fashioned or not, there’s an three-disc player in my office that usually one.
For The Maverick Preacher and The Outlaw’s Return, I listened to a lot of Johnny Cash. His song “Hurt” captures the feelings of despair, regret and acceptance with amazing clarity.
Any Led Zeppelin fans? I’m not really big on Led Zep, but The Ballad of Evermore played constantly for West of Heaven, especially during the scenes where Ethan grieves his wife in one breath and admits to loving Jayne at the same time.
One of my favorite performers is Greg Buchanan, a Christian harpist who plays both hymns and other music. No lyrics, just amazing harmonies. I heard him in concert in the middle of writing Of Men and Angels and still play that music regularly.
Movie soundtracks appeal to me as well. The Piano is pretty strange movie, and the music reflects the edginess. Love it! I played this a lot for my old HHs.
The soundtracks for my Love Inspired Historicals tended to be more country. The soundtrack to Broken Bridges, the movie with Toby Keith as an alcoholic country singer getting his act together, played constantly during Home Again. Then there’s the ultimate go-to music for any of my westerns. That’s Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads, especially “El Paso.”
This list wouldn’t be complete with a mention of country singer Gary Allan. I heard Smoke Rings in the Dark driving home from work one day, went to Wal-Mart and bought it. More often than not, Gary’s music occupies one of the three CD slots, sometimes more than three. He’s got a whiskey voice, more emotion than just about anyone, and gut-wrenching lyrics that feed this writer’s imagination. I have a lot of favorites. Among them are Loving You Against My Will, Along the Way, See If I Care, It Ain’t the Whiskey and Just Got Back From Hell.
Another CD I play a lot is Adele. No surprise there! Right now, I’m listening to Celtic Woman, Alison Krauss and Civil Wars. What about you? What kind of music do you like? I’m always looking for something new.