Today, though, I want to highlight my favorite instrumentals. Songs that move me, heighten my emotions and leave me inspired without saying a single word.
Honorable mention: Love Actually Prime Minister’s Theme
I don’t think I could ever write to this one because it is always and forever associated with Love Actually in my mind, but it sure brings a smile to my face!
5. Boondock Saints Theme
Love this one for fast-paced scenes, where I’m trying to capture coordinated actions and close camaraderie on the battlefield.
4. Prince of Egypt: The Burning Bush
As close to the music of Heaven as you can get with mortal instruments. I've never heard wonder captured more beautifully in a song.
3. Lord of the Rings: The Breaking of the Fellowship
This has a “take me a away” quality that makes me think of starting on a grand adventure. Even though it conveys high stakes, it also makes me think of friendship. And I always envision running over green hills.
2. Requiem for a Dream
If I’m on a tight writing deadline, and I need to get in the mindset for a battle scene ASAP, this is my go to music. Awesome! (And, yes, the video is LOTR...again. But how can you not love it?!)
1. Last of the Mohicans: Promentory
The subtle building tension in this song cannot be outdone. Last of the Mohicans has been my failsafe writing soundtrack for years, and this song is simply incredible. It plays so well for so many different emotions, and for those moments where your characters are getting oh-so-close (to what they want, to each other) but they just can’t seem to touch. Also, for battle scenes, right in that moment when the good guy and bad guy first face each other across the field.