The Best Music to Write By

I love to write and edit while listening to music. It gives me energy, inspiration, and stress-release – plus it means my phone is hooked into the aux and therefore less of a distraction! So, here are my top 3 writing albums, what are yours?

If I’m working and wearing headphones, there’s a 99.99% chance I’m listening to one of the following:

3. Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra – Boulevard De l’Independence

For one thing, this is just some of the best all-around music on the planet. I love this album a stupid amount. It’s the perfect morning music, and the perfect music to write by when you’re already feeling pretty good. When you’re already inspired and the words and ideas are flowing, Boulevard De l’Independence will keep you elevated and keep you smiling. Particularly good for blasting through first drafts or brainstorming. Chair dancing is a must.

2. Behemoth – The Satanist


How much more black could this metal get?


Behemoth are absolute black metal masters out of Poland, and The Satanist is their masterpiece. The combination of brutal vocals, blitzkrieg drumming, majestic riffs, and epic horn lines is something very special. This album works for almost any kind of writing. I have joyously worked on children’s stories while blasting ‘Ora No Probis Lucifer’ and the only side effect was the maiming of an adorable fictional rat named Nilee. But what it’s really great for is grunt work and late shifts. If you need to edit a 5 000 word essay or finish a chapter at 3am, The Satanist is the aurally ingested stimulant you need.

1. The 50 Greatest Works of Bach

Your words will flow! Your ideas will connect! Your eyes will never tire! Long dead gods will arise to guide your pen!

Bach is just that good. Don’t just take my word for it…

“Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.” – Helmut Walcha, organist

“Although love for music does not necessarily mean love for the composers of all the times, the true love for music, however, cannot exist without the love for Bach.” – Dimitrij Kobalewski, composer

“Bach’s music is the only argument proving the creation of the Universe can not be regarded a complete failure.” – Emil Cioran, philosopher

“Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.” – Roger Fry, painter

“Listen to Bach when you’re writing. Your words will flow! Your ideas will connect! Your eyes will never tire! Long dead gods will arise to guide your pen! Bach is just that good.” – Kinch Kinski, fuckhead

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