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More for Your Muse: Backatown by Trombone Shorty

Album: Backatown Artist: Trombone Shorty This is an album that’s great for many occasions, especially ones where you just want to have some fun: grilling in the backyard with a beer in your hand, hanging out in the house, or doing some daytime driving. There’s so much style, personality, and pop in Backatown that it will […]

More for Your Muse: Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon is a large ensemble chamber-rock band from Austin, Texas. They’re known for their collaborative songwriting and it’s clear in their music that each member of the band loves what they’re playing as they’ve all added ingredients to the pie, so to speak. The instruments used are strings, horns, guitars, and percussion, which are led […]

Write To: “haunted dreams” by magthree

A picture is worth a thousand words, or even a novel. One photo can spark an idea for a story, be the basis for your main characters, or even be a critical story event that then becomes the catalyst for a grander narrative. Such a photo came across my feed by photographer magthree, a Miami transplant in New York […]

More for Your Muse: “My Way” by Frank Sinatra

If you need a piece of music to help you through a character’s closing statement, or even a piece for a character’s funeral, you should check out Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. The lyrics establish a finality of personal ideals in a lifetime and thus are perfect for an ending. Check it out. My Way (Remastered […]

More for Your Muse: Tabletop Audio

If you really want to immerse yourself in the environments where your scenes take place, you need to check out Tabletop Audio (http://tabletopaudio.com/). Tabletop Audio is a fantastic resource of original, 10-minute environmental and contextual ambiances. Currently there are 91 different ambiances to choose from, such as Dark City, Lively Cafe, Sleeping Dragon, Winter Woods, […]

Soundtracks for the Road – Mad Max: Fury Road

For a movie that can be summed up as one long, incredible car chase, Mad Max: Fury Road has a soundtrack that fits dangerously well into your commute. I say dangerous because these are not pleasant, hum-along tracks but rather bouts of intense percussion, strings, and electronic pounding that should be used cautiously in your car, […]

More for Your Muse – Rainy Mood

I have a particular love for rain; I love that it gives me an excuse to stay inside and how it puts me in a creative mood, possibly because the tapping on my window reinforces my feeling that, though I should stay inside I should still be productive, or perhaps it’s because of old movies where writers […]

More for Your Muse – Youngblood Brass Band

Albums: Center:Level:Roar (2003), Is That a Riot? (2006), Pax Volumi (2013) Artist: Youngblood Brass Band Description: Youngblood Brass Band mixes the New Orleans-style brass band with elements of improvisation, punk and hip-hop. They are unique in the brass band scene due to this mixture and their music is immensely enjoyable, catchy, wild, and full of spirit. Vocalist/rapper David […]

Soundtracks for the Road – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

John Williams did for the Harry Potter franchise the same he did for Star Wars: created a household identity with his music. The primary melody, played on glockenspiel, is instantly recognizable and immediately conjures something magical in your imagination. For his third and final entry on the films, John Williams created new and exciting music […]