Friday, June 06, 2014

Fight Songs for Writers

Football teams have fight songs.




Runners have their battle playlists.




Even Snow White's seven dwarfs had a song to inspire them.




Nobody needs a fight song more than a writer.




When I started, my fight songs were on a CD.




Then came mp3 players. We can now create entire playlists to help us throughout the day. The question then becomes...which songs do we add?




Of course, you'll likely want your own, but I have a few. This one reminds you to keep going in the face of rejection.



So does this one.




And this one reminds you to never give up on your dreams. The hopes we had were much too high, way out of reach but we have to try...



What songs are on your Fight Song playlist?

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66 comments:

  1. Hilarious! What about the songs: 'We Are the Champions?" from Queen or "We Will Rock You?" - A good story rocks! :o)

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  2. I have a youtube playlist that I run while I'm blogging :D Lots of techno/trance music, which gets me in the creative zone for writing reviews!

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  3. I've always like Don't Stop Believin by Journey.

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  4. How about "I get knocked down but I get up again"!?

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  5. My playlist has a lot of Insomnia, Pantera, In Flames, Mastodon, Dream Theater, Rush... Stuff that would scare most people but the pounding beat inspires me!

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  6. Hi, Stephanie,

    I love all types of music so my gamut of songs runs from classical to top forty...

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Reading this I couldn't help but think of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team who surely must have the 'fight song' to end all fight songs.

    Though not exactly a fight song as such one of my personal mantra songs has to be Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)by Mika.

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  8. that Munchmallow guy has a funny hairdo :)

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  9. Love your list! And there's always the theme from Rocky...

    Yvonne

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  10. What song? What do you mean what song? CLICK!

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  11. Blue Grumpster--Eye of the Tiger...awesome! It has it all. Inspiring words AND it reminds you of Rocky!

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  12. Love the theme here! And the videos were great... put them on my play list! I have a bunch of lists on YouTube so I can find songs when I need them, as well as just having a mix to play when I want...

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  13. I don't really have a list for writing as such. I have lists for the stories I'm writing for inspiration and for helping create scenes...

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  14. Whatever strikes my mood really at my sea, but I just let the ideas flow and keep on the go.

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  15. I don't have any songs to inspire my writing. Maybe I should. Most of my "themes" are predictably angry songs like "Had Enough," "I Don't Care Any More," "Behind Blue Eyes," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy!"

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  16. Hi Stephanie, love your playlist. I am going to borrow a few of your songs :)

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  17. i don't listen to music - my songs are bird songs. :) and whistling ducks!

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  18. Birds can inspire writing...unless you're trying to concentrate on a scene and one is chirping VERY loudly outside your window...

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  19. Unfortunately, I can't listen to music while I'm writing, but I wish I could.

    However, I actually had to pick a for-real fight song, for fighting in the ring! After much deliberation, I went with a classic: "Eye of the Tiger." Some may call it cheesy, but it never fails to inspire me.

    And I'm convinced that song by Corey Hart saved my life when I was a teenager. Good pick!

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  20. Always a little Blue October for me, of course. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    xx
    LuLu
    Breakfast After 10

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  21. I can't listen to music unless I'm a passenger in a car or I'm eating a relaxing dinner. I love music, but it distracts me and gives me a headache.

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. Cool songs! I like Don't Stop Believing by Journey.

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  23. I listen to a lot of country, the eye of the tiger, We are the champions, Meatloaf...yeah I think my list is pretty eclectic. There are some good suggestions in the comments here too!

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  24. I love Classical so i listen to that and also show tunes and things like "Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf. I even love the zither music so I am a strange one. Beethoven's 6th makes me feel like I am in nature and it is so inspiring. Hmmm-"We are the Champions" was my motto to myself in high school. What about "I will Survive"?

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  25. When I need motivation (honestly, I never WANT it) it starts with relaxing to some Sinatra followed by some approximated Roman musical comps. If that doesn't get it rolling the Country comes out to remind me of the days working on the uncle's farm. Nothing motivates more than memories of the farm.

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  26. I love the one by Corey Hart! Thanks for sharing these! I can't write while listening to lyrics, but I do love a good Star Wars or LOTR soundtrack in the background, and getting ready to write, I would definitely go with "Never Surrender," "We Are the Champions," o "We will Rock you." Or some of the others everyone mentioned.
    Great post!

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  27. My husband likes "Centerfield" to warm up to before games :) Personally, I like the opening riff to Welcome to the Jungle by GNR...get my blood going!
    ~Katie

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  28. I've never really thought about how we might need a fight song. I can't think of a single one, though, at the moment. Heh.

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  29. Everyone's musical tastes are so different!!! I didn't really listen to Never Surrender's lyrics as a teen. I just thought he was hot. Now he looks like he'd be a little dark...

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  30. Can't listen to music when I'm writing.

    Fun post :)

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  31. I also love the song Eye of the Tiger. It gets me moving in good ways.

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  32. funny how some songs just motivate us

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  33. Hmm.. I love music but I am sure I would have to think about this one... there are definitely ones that inspire me...

    I like the ones you chose, especially the Cory Hart one...

    I need to make a playlist just for writing too... I have a ton of songs to go through... :)

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  34. Oh wow. Heigh-ho brings back memories. It was the one part my almost 13-year-old niece wanted to see from Snow White. Over and over again.

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  35. Poor guy needn't despair if his CD skips while he runs. Skipping is good for you, best accomplished while holding hands with others and feeling silly. Following!

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  36. Cute to have a fight song; I don't have one (or two or three or four), but I can see they could be very beneficial!

    betty

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  37. I'm a strange bird. I fluctuate between anything punk rock and/or anything from the big band era. Yup, from the Ramones to Tommy Dorsey.

    See ya 'round the web. All Things Kevyn

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  38. I'm partial to Try! The lyrics seem aimed at writers like me.

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  39. My music varies a lot according to my mood. Often I write with quiet, though when I'm really stuck I have been known to compose my prose.

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  40. It's nice to have some little songs like that to help you.

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  41. Great post! I tend to listen to Pandora while writing- but I listen to a wide variety of music to keep my inspired. From old school rap, to rock, to even some hip hop- it all depends on my mood. I also like peaceful music with more instrumentals. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  42. I used to listen to a lot of music but lately I find that I seldom take time to listen to CD's or DVD's. Life is a bit too busy and I'm getting older. I really like It's a Wonderful World. I do appreciate life and try to take it all in while I still can.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  43. I love all three of these songs. I agree that you just can't give up on a dream. Go for it and if you fail, get up, dust yourself off and move forward.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  44. Corey Hart - YES - flash from the past. Love that song and of course Sunglasses at Night. I still sing along to that one :-) Hope your writer's block is unblocked...

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  45. I listen to all kinds of music, but I get so caught up in it, I'm better off not having any playing at all when I'm trying to write.

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  46. I'd have to choose Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" for my fight song. I tend to listen to my shuffle when I write...but not really listen...most days I can't tell you what songs played, but I like the groove it puts me in, the happy place.

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  47. Ooh, good picks! I love the idea of writing fight songs. :)

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  48. Hi again, Stephanie. Thanks for the follow. It's ludicrous on my part, but I'm following over 400 blogs. So I occasionally scale down by deleting the ones that aren't current (haven't been updated in months) and/or didn't return the follow. It's the only way I can get my reading list to a place that's a little less overwhelmingly unmanageable. I hope you understand. =)

    PS I also love Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway.

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  49. Wow! I LOVE your playlist! NEVER SURRENDER is a favorite, but the others are perfect. What a great idea (and a smile-maker!)

    Diana

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  50. I love heard music when Im baking:)
    Love your playlist!

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  51. Ahhh never thought about that! I think I like listening to sad songs while writing! Strange no?

    Absence...

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  52. Stephanie, you totally took me back to the 80s! I loved your choice in fight songs. I'm gathering up my "battle" songs as we speak for my 10 mile run today=)
    As far as success and writing, some of my favorite songs which push me to go the distance are "Shake it Off" by Florence and the Machine, "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Do or Die" by 30 Seconds to Mars and "Intro" by M83, "Anything Could Happen" by Ellie Goulding, and "All the Things That I've Done" by The Killers. These songs really inspire a lot of my writing!

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  53. I linked this post to Silly Sunday, because it made me laugh.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. ☺

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  54. Hahaha that Bill Lumberg one is funny. I love Corey Hart's Never Surrender--great song. One of my favorites is "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley. "Don't worry, bout a thing, cuz every little thing gonna be alright!"

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  55. I had fight songs when I was querying, but now I can't really say I do. I should though. I could use a little encouragement as I write this draft. :)

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  56. Yeah! We need fighter songs more than anyone else!

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  57. When it comes to writing music, nothing beats soft classical. Dim the lights, turn on classical, and you'll get back into a writing mood.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/06/mm-we-were-all-young-once.html

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  58. What an interesting idea, Stephanie! I had never thought of having a writing playlist. My first thought is that I would play piano instrumentals. I'll have to mull it over.

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  59. the song "Happy" would be at the top of my play list. Not sure if it would be a fight sound, but it does make me feel happy!

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  60. Hahaha funny, I don't really have fight songs.

    I have inspire songs. IE songs that always inspire me to write, no matter what.

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  61. I listen to a lot of soundtracks when I write. ;) Pretty inspiring! I love Florence + the Machine for my "fight songs", though. Always epic!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

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  62. Whenever I'm feeling rejected or sorry for myself, I play "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor. :)

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  63. Ahh, I have too many that none come to mind, haha. I'm pretty obsessed with the Wicked soundtrack, so I'm playing that everyday. Oh, I got one. Break You by Marion Raven, and Not Enough by Our Lady Peace are my favourites. :)

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  64. Anything fast-paced will get me motivated. I also like rock music.

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  65. What fun ~ I haven't thought of Corey Hart's song NEVER SURRENDER in AGES. That's a good one. Personally, Come On Eileen and Our House (by Madness) always get me going. I'm clearly a child of the 80's!!! :-)

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