Ah Mike Oldfield

Posted in Writing music on September 24th, 2010 by Mercedes Lackey

On our trip to DragonCon and back I was reminded just how much I adore Mike Oldfield’s music.  The man is absolutely brilliant.  And perhaps his best piece is arguably “Music of the Spheres.”

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Oddly enough my classical music station was playing this tonight.

That should keep all of you inspired for a bit.



Posted in Writing music on August 16th, 2010 by Mercedes Lackey

Sometimes you need music to get into a particular mood; Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is pretty much guaranteed to get me into the state of reaching for the Kleenex ™ box.


Bella’s Theme

Posted in Character Theme Songs, Writing music on August 5th, 2010 by Mercedes Lackey

Bella Dawn Parker, that is, aka Belladonna Blue of Secret World Chronicles.  I don’t watch a lot of anime but the first time I heard this song from The Ghost In The Shell it gave me shivers, and it absolutely was Bella.

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The Waters and the Wild

Posted in Writing music on August 4th, 2010 by Mercedes Lackey

Sometimes I get direct inspirations.  The “Bedlam Bards” short story called “The Waters and the Wild” was one of those.  If you have never heard Loreena McKennit performing “Stolen Child,” then you are in for a magical experience.


A little something for Reserved For The Cat

Posted in Writing music on August 2nd, 2010 by Mercedes Lackey

This piece, The Girl from Corsica, is what I was thinking of when describing the “ballet” piece Our Heroine was doing for the Arabian Nights number.


Music. Just music.

Posted in Valdemar, Writing music on August 1st, 2010 by Mercedes Lackey

This blog is only going to be about music.  What I am listening to, what I am writing to, what inspires scenes, and why on earth I used “X” as the title to a chapter.

For instance, turning on the Wayback Machine, in 1982 I spent most of the summer listening to Ralph Vaughn Williams Sinfonia Antarctica as I wrote Arrow’s Flight.

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Alan Hohvaness is my co-pilot

Posted in Writing music on July 27th, 2010 by Mercedes Lackey

Listening to the first piece I ever heard by him: Mysterious MountainALWAYS good for doing mystical/magical stuff