Writing Music: Leningrad11:00
I love listening to instrumental music while I’m writing. It’s perfect for setting the mood of a scene without the interruption of distracting lyrics. But though there is a lot of happy music and plenty of peaceful or dramatic music, I always find it hard to find good sad pieces. And while peaceful and dramatic music good, sometimes I just need something to set that sorrowful mood. This week’s writing music, Leningrad by a recent discovery of mine, pianist William Joseph, is perfect for those sad scenes.
In Leningrad, the combination of haunting violins and the delicate notes of the piano give this piece the feelings of a quiet lament. At the same time, it’s a subdued sort of sorrow, not a melodramatic emotional breakdown. This piece sounds like it would suit a scene of quiet despair or dark memories when the character just wants to sit down and weep quietly for a bit.
What sort of scene do you think this piece suits? Do you know of any sad songs? What are you listening to this week?