I use music a lot in writing. I’m not someone who can sit in monastic silence: I need there to be a background track to what I’m doing to help me concentrate or to set the mood (or on rare occasions, to drown out external irritations [like my neighbour’s alarm clock…]), but what that backing track needs to be varies tremendously.
First up on the playlist, then, is Silent Lucidity by Queensrÿche.
If you’ve never come across Queensrÿche, they’re an American progressive metal band who probably hit their commercial peak in the late 80s/early 90s just prior to Grunge. Silent Lucidity is from that period of their career and it’s a beautiful, symphonic-style piece of progressive metal with Michael Kamen conducting the orchestral parts.
Part of what I love about the track is the instrumental parts. I’ve always been a sucker for layered production (see also Queen and Pink Floyd!) and this song has plenty of that, but (appropriately enough) there’s a dreamlike quality to it that lets my mind wander off down plot holes and come back up with a solution.
And speaking of appropriate, that brings me on to the lyrics and vocals (yes, when the mood strikes me, I write to stuff with lyrics – although I do make sure what I’m listening to is something I’m familiar with!), which I love as much as the instrumental parts. They’re almost as dreamlike as the music surrounding them and there’s something very soothing. It’s not actually a lullaby (the song is about lucid dreaming) but it definitely has that feel.
All in all, as the first piece of the Elsehere soundtrack, we’re off to a good start.
And by the way, as I compile it, the Elsehere Soundtrack will be available as a Spotify playlist.
That’s all for now. Happy reading!