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Top 5 Songs to Write to: #1

songs for writingOk, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Bring out the karaoke lights and the dancing bear, it’s time for the number one song on my “Songs to Write to” list!

I mentioned in one of the comments to an earlier post how much I love the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, but how the music was just too evocative of Middle-earth for me. Somehow I can separate Jack Sparrow from the Pirate’s soundtrack, but when I hear those riffs from the Shire I can’t help but feel the hair grow a little bit on the top of my feet.

And yet today’s song is actually connected to the Lord of the Rings movie. How can this be? Well, that’s because this song was never released as part of the official soundtracks (at least it’s not on any of the ones I own and it certainly was not in the movie). In fact, I didn’t even find out about this song until probably a decade after the first trilogy had left the theater.

Rescued from the Scrap Heap

The song I am talking about is entitled “Requiem for a Tower”. Apparently it is the re-arrangement of another song, “Requiem for a Dream”, which was written for the movie of the same name. The tower version was featured in the trailer to a video game for Lord of the Rings of all things and was never intended for actual release, but thankfully, due to popular demand, the studios eventually saw fit to make it available to the general public.

I used this song a lot when writing both Into the Vastand Through the VisceraLike many of the songs on this list, it has an anthematic, haunting feel to it. The choral voices are powerful and brooding especially when contrasted to the high strings which fly in over the top of them. As amazing as this song is, it makes me wonder what other orchestral masterpieces are just sitting around on someone’s computer somewhere or lost in the dustbin of time as the composition to some forgotten commercial or promotional video.

Well, at least in this case, the music didn’t die such a cruel fate. And hopefully it will be around for listeners (and this writer in particular) to enjoy for years to come.

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Comments (3)

  1. […] the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite songs to write to. However, when I read, I usually prefer to read in silence. I know some people do choose to read to […]

  2. I love the Requiem mixes! and I had no idea it had been used in a video game trailer. Interesting.

  3. […] most wonderful gifts God has given us in this regard is music. I’ve written about how I use music for writing, but today I’d like to offer a playlist of hopeful songs that have helped me keep pushing […]

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