Get Pumped Up (for Writing)!

I apologize for missing my usual Thursday 9 a.m. Eastern posting time. Still trying to get adjusted from holiday hours. However, I’ve been thinking a bit about music lately and how it inspires me. I try to play instrumental music when writing and editing because singing involves words, which clogs up my speech processing. Today, as it’s a Friday and we all might not be in heavy-thinking mode yet, I’ll share some of the pieces of music that I enjoy to keep myself writing happily.

I am a big fan of “heroic” music. I would characterize this type of music as bold, upbeat, usually up-tempo, and often in some major chord. I wish I understood music better to give you a better feel for what I mean. Anyhow, the point of listening to such “heroic” music while I write is to get and keep me motivated. It’s go-get-’em-tiger music, right?

As I am also a science fiction fan, two of my favorite SF movie composers have been James Horner and, of course, John Williams. Sometimes I like complete albums, sometimes individual pieces of music. I’ve also found bits of classical music that keep me motivated and humming along when I’m writing.


John Williams

The Boston Pops: Out of This World
   “Battlestar: Galactica Main Title”
   “Star Trek: The Motion Picture Main Title”
Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection
   “Raiders March”
“Desert Chase”
“Slave Children’s Crusade”
Star Wars: A New Hope, Disc 2 
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
   “Main Title and Attack on Coruscant”
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Disc 2

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
   “Rey’s Theme”
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
   “Duel of the Fates”
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Disc 1
   “The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault”
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Disc 2
   “Parade of the Ewoks”
“The Battle of Endor I”
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
   “Anakin Vs. Obi-wan”
Superman: The Movie (1978)
Theme from Superman (Concert Theme)

James Horner

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Enterprise Clears Moorings”
“Battle in the Mutara Nebula”
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


1812 Overture, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Don Giovanni,
Wolfgang A. Mozart
   “Don Giovanni, a Cenar Teco”
Gladiator Soundtrack, Yvonne S. Moriarty & Gavin Greenaway
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack,
 Howard Shore
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Soundtrack, Howard Shore
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Soundtrack, Howard Shore
The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang A. Mozart
The Planets, Gustav Holst
Requiem in D Minor (K.626),
Wolfgang A. Mozart
“Tuba Mirum”
The Right Stuff Main Title, Bill Conti
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Main Title,
Dennis McCarthy
Star Trek: Voyager Main Title, Jerry Goldsmith
Star Wars: Rogue One Soundtrack, Michael Giacchino

What music inspires you?

About Bart Leahy

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2 Responses to Get Pumped Up (for Writing)!

  1. Ally says:

    I’m a huge fan of epic movie scores, especially the Star Wars ones 🙂 My favourite piece of classical music is Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

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