Music and Writing

When I write I listen to a variety of different music. Sometimes I listen to Studio Ghibli soundtracks on YouTube (I love My Neighbor Totoro!), other times I listen to European or Japanese metal bands or Icelandic and Faroese pop singers. Sometimes I listen to powerful ballads or I find a playlist of sad instrumental music (I don’t know what it is about sorrowful music, but it really gets my creative juices flowing). I’ll even listen to Disney songs – the Moana soundtrack has been on repeat pretty often lately.

More often than not, however, I turn to Viking or Germanic inspired bands for inspiration. My current favourites are Wardruna, Heilung and Danheim, though there are so many great bands and songs out there.

There are a handful of songs that I’ve been listening to obsessively while writing Rise To Fall. Here they are, listed below:

  • Faun (featuring Einar Selvik) “Odin”
  • Garmana “Herr Mannelig”
  • Wardruna “Völuspá”
  • Heilung “Alfadhirhaiti”
  • The Vikings Suite performance by Trevor Morris and Einar Selvik at the FMF 2015 TV Series Gala.

I urge you to check them out, they’re incredible songs. Below is Heilung’s live performance of “Alfadhirhaiti”. Their stage presence, the costume and stage decoration, the power of their music and the guttural, growling vocals, the warriors and their weapons – I can almost feel the atmosphere through my laptop screen, it’s such a spectacular song.

When you’re writing or drawing or working, what do you tend to listen to? What music or songs inspire you?

– GSKT

PS – I know I’ve been saying this a lot, but Rise To Fall should be completed soon. The deadline is set for Rise To Fall to be released by the end of April. I am literally on the final chapter as we speak. 😀 Next is a few tweaks of the cover and everything is done.

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