90 songs to write your novel to

It’s that time of year again. Countless hordes are sitting down in front of their computers, hands sweaty, minds ablaze, ready to unleash their masterpieces on the world . . . or die of caffeine consumption. So in honor of NaNoWriMo, or for anyone doing creative work, here’s a soundtrack for November. (Because good instrumental music is hard to come by, and procrastination oh-so-easy.)

About the list: The genres are only suggestions. I tried to avoid well-known songs and soundtracks.

Period Piece
  1. Dustin O’Halloran – Opus 36
  2. Max Richter – Luminous
  3. Alex Heffes – Opening Title from Dear Frankie
  4. Gabriel Yared – Ada Plays
  5. Paul Cantelon – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  6. Dustin O’Halloran – Opus 17Plato, on music
  7. Bruno Coulais – Pepinot
  8. Thomas Newman – So Was Red
  9. Aaron Zigman – Steve’s Theme
  10. Kevin Kern – Scene in a Dream
Love Story
  1. Ludovico Einaudi – I Giorni
  2. Yiruma – River Flows in You
  3. Sylvain Chomet – Illusionist Finale
  4. Stephan Moccio – Seven
  5. Jennie Muskett – Hampshire
  6. Steve Gibbs – Contention
  7. Adrian Johnston – Always Summer
  8. Yann Tiersen – 8mm
  9. Classical New Age Piano Music – Butterfly Waltz
  10. Classical New Age Piano Music – Morning’s Glory

Drama

  1. Josh Kramer – All That Remains
  2. Issac Shephard – Gentile
  3. Max Richter – Dinner and the Ship of Dreams
  4. Brambles – In The Androgynous Dark
  5. Marc Teichert – One Day in August <<
  6. Yann Tiersen – La Plage
  7. Karen Olson – Capturing Rainbows
  8. Max Richter – On The Nature of Daylight
  9. Chad Lawson – Nocturne In A Minor
  10. David Nevue – The Night Season
Melodrama
  1. Lee Byung Woo – Epilogue
  2. William Zeitler – The Dragonfly’s First Dawn
  3. Ryo Yoshimata – The Whole Nine Yards
  4. Norihiro Tsuru – Last Carnival
  5. Eleni Karaindrou – By The Sea
  6. Adrian Johnston – The Runaways
  7. Classical New Age Piano Music – Fly Away
  8. Abel Korzeniowski – Swimming
  9. Ludivico Einaudi – Love is a Mystery
  10. Ennio Morricone – Nostalgia/Looking for You
Sci-Fi
  1. Harry Gregson-Williams – Shrine Of The Times
  2. Paul Schwartz – Nocturne
  3. Bruno Sanfilippo – Aquerelle sur bois
  4. InuYashi – Longing
  5. Takashi Kako – Blue Horizon
  6. Zbigniew Preisner – The Beautiful Country
  7. Alexandre Desplat – Dreamcatcher
  8. Matthew Fisher – Ballroom for Ghosts
  9. Brian Crain – Wind
  10. Javier Navarrete – Town of Austere
Epic Fantasy
  1. Darol Anger – Aran Boat Song
  2. Gary Chapman, Hymns from the Ryman – Amazing Grace
  3. James Horner – The Legend Spreads
  4. Immediate Music – Sonata
  5. Joe Hisaishi – The Legend of Ashitaka
  6. Mychael Danna – The Blood of Cu Chulain
  7. Julie Murphy & Annie Ebrel – Farfarwell Fo I Langyfelach
  8. The Taliesen Orchestra – Lothlorien
  9. Noella – Lacroix Island in Fog
  10. e.s. Posthumus – Ulaid
Tragedy
  1. Luigi Rubino – Glace of Dust
  2. Kathleen Ryan – Bells, the Veil, and Victory
  3. Michael Nyman – The Sacrifice
  4. Christopher Young – Humility and Love
  5. Niall Byrne – Juliette is Happy
  6. Brian Crain – At the Ivy Gate
  7. Bruno Coulais – In Memoriam
  8. Ludovico Einaudi – Fly
  9. Jorane – Film III
  10. James Newton Howard – The Gravel Road
Thriller
  1. Mike Foyle – Pandora
  2. Mike Foyle – Firefly
  3. Brian Tyler – Hymn
  4. Mychael Danna – In My Line of Business
  5. Jamin Winans – John’s Walk
  6. Music Junkies – Fatal Fantasy
  7. e.s. Posthumus – Nara
  8. Clint Mansell – Death is the Road to Awe
  9. Zoe Keating – Flying and Fighting
  10. Dune – In the End
Off-Beat Dramedy
  1. Alex Wurman – Arrival At The Sea
  2. Dirk Reichardt – A Rainy Day In Vancouver
  3. Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla (Piano Version)
  4. Nick Urata – She’s Real
  5. Lowercase Noises – A Highway Shall Be There
  6. Brian Crain – Imagining
  7. Yann Tiersen – IV
  8. Yann Tiersen – Derniere
  9. Emancipator – With Rainy Eyes
  10. Nancy Wilson – River Road

Did I miss anything? The best song? Your genre? Drop me a line below, or tweet @steviesmiff. And maybe I’ll make another list!

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