Rachel Bublitz


May 25, 2018

Favorite Writing Tunes

Hello and happy Friday!

I have one of those rare and wonderful days where my kids will be taken care of by other people until 5pm (an early Christmas miracle)! I have big BIG plans to get some work taken care of, including tackling my #submissionmission and finally finishing the first draft of a new TYA one-act. On writing/working days like these I gotta bring out the big guns music wise to keep my fingers tapping and the words flowing, here are some of my favorites tunes to write to:

For serious writing-writing: first drafts and major rip-apart rewrites:

  • Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis
  • Tokyo Adagio - Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
  • Birthdays - Keaton Henson
  • Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites - Yo-Yo Ma
  • Shake Sugaree - Elizabeth Cotten
  • In Roses - Gem Club
  • Come Sunday - Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
  • Ambient 1/Music For Airports - Brian Eno
  • Mingus Plays Piano - Charles Mingus
  • My Favorite Things - Joey Alexander

For submission-ing:

  • 100 Days, 100 Nights - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • Seven Swans - Sufjan Stevens
  • Begin To Hope - Regina Spektor
  • Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
  • 69 Love Songs - The Magnetic Fields
  • Version - Mark Ronson
  • St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley
  • It’s Impossible - Odetta
  • Tell Mama The Complete Muscle - Etta James
  • Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall (Live) - Buena Vista Social Club

For those times I want to write, ugly cry, and sing at the top of my lungs (and off key), I have special and specific songs:

  • Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits
  • Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
  • A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell
  • Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
  • We Close Our Eyes - Oingo Boingo
  • Madness - Muse
  • Jolene - Cake’s, Dolly Parton’s, and Ray LaMontagne’s - it’s a miracle not I haven’t named all my characters Jolene.
  • The Joke - Brandi Carlile
  • Why Can’t He Be You - Patsy Cline
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right - Bob Dylan
  • America - Simon & Garfunkel
  • The Animals Were Gone - Damien Rice
  • Elephant - Damien Rice
  • Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday… Actually anything and everything by Billie Holiday
  • Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor

…. And now you know all my music secrets. What are your go-to writing tunes?