I often wrote in silence--no music, no radio, no sound distractions. But sometimes, I needed to conjure up a certain mood or feeling to write a new scene or passage. On those days, I'd play a single song over and over again as I wrote, until I felt like I was under the song's spell. For the sad scenes, I listened to Roy Hargrove's "Always and Forever" and "Remembrances" from Schindler's List. For the happy scenes, I listened to "Hang on Little Tomato" by Pink Martini and The Wallflowers' cover of the Beatles' "I'm Looking Through You." When I wrote of love, I listened to "I'm Gonna Make you Love Me" as covered by Michael McDonald and "Hey Mann" by Lizz Wright. I had a bunch of songs I listened to when I was writing about heartbreak and heartache: "A Lucky Guy" by Rickie Lee Jones, "When Someone Doesn't Want You" by Art Garfunkel and "I Used to Love Someone" by Anthony Hamilton. And when I just wanted to settle into the mindset of my narrator Rachel I listened to "Seven Years" or "Blackbird" or any of Homesickness and longing were written to Danish children's song by Alberte like "Manebarn" or "Med Dyne og Marmelademadder." My favorite songs to listen to were the ones that made me feel "pluckier" and just a little bit more resolved --much like my character Rachel-- "Out There" from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame; "Someone to Watch Over Me" both Julia Fordham's and Etta James' versions; and Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World." I've turned the whole playlist into an imix you can see on itunes. A few of the songs were left out because they aren't sold on itunes including: "Love's Been Rough on Me" by Etta James; "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" by Michael McDonald; "Med Dyne og Marmeladermadder" by Alberte; "Calling You" by Caecilie Norby (a Danish jazz singer extraordinaire); "The First Letter" from The Color Purple soundtrack; "Maanebarn" by Alberte; "Out There" from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame; and "Someone to Watch Over Me" from Mr. Holland's Opus soundtrack. Check the imix here! So, what do you think?