Top 5 Songs to Write to #2
My second favorite song to write to is probably at least as obscure as the last one, if not more so. Although it has a connection to an actual movie soundtrack, it is a unique arrangement that wasn’t in the movie. Making things even more unusual, I first discovered this song via the youtube video for it. The video was so visually arresting and inventive, it immediately drew me in and I fell in love with the song almost at once. It features two men, one playing the piano, and the other playing the cello. The majority of the shots are taken with them performing on the great wall of China. The group is called The Piano Guys and the song they were playing was entitled, “Kung Fu Piano”. As you could probably guess, the song is taken from the movie Kung Fu Panda and it’s a rearrangement of the title theme.
You wouldn’t think that something from an anthropomorphic cartoon set in the Orient would be the best thing to write science fiction to, but the music is so rich and filled with drama it really transcends the film it was drawn from. Though the eastern influences are certainly there, the cello is used to add powerful rhythms to the piece and the piano simply soars at times, churning out a melody that seems so big it might fill all of China.
I listened to this one a lot when I was writing The Jammer and the Blade. I tried to give that story something of an oriental flare and so a song like “Kung Fu Piano” was perfect.
Since it wasn’t part of an album I actually listened to this one on repeat over and over again. For some people that might get a little monotonous, but when writing, the music just fades into the background so I really don’t notice how many times I’ve listened to it.
Do yourself a favor and take the time and enjoy this video. It really is gorgeous set against the backdrop of one of the great wonders of the world and the music is just as beautiful.