Brett Battles totally got me into writing to soundtracks. I have a long relationship with soundtracks: from the time I first started tracking my expenses to when composed movie music gave way to using popular songs a few years back, I would go to movies and write the composer on my movie ticket.
It was true: this helped me in gigs and teaching students, because they often want to hear (or play) a certain movie's music.
Many of the composers I knew by sound: movie composers tend to have a trademark, easily identifiable sound. And they have a bit of a habit of recycling bits. (Lately, I've heard old soundtracks applied to new movies; I HATE this.)
Nowadays, I can't even figure out who composed the music for a movie from the credits, especially if it's just pop songs with only a few minutes of original composition. Have you noticed? They often don't list the composers; they list "music producers," I think they're called.
Are they composers, too? I don't know: the names are unfamiliar to me.
I'm starting to organizing certain "writing" music by mood. This is handy when I need to slip into a certain mood "instantly" when I sit down to write. I can write to movie music because it's a bit repetitive; it's not composed for foreground consumption. And it's composed to evoke mood. So I don't go into analytical mode, and I don't "overly" listen to it as I do any other music.
I've decided to drink coffee. One, it helps me focus and write. Two, I read this article and several like it. I suspect I have a high likelihood of developing Parkinson's. My mother has it, and I've inherited Every. Single. One. of her health issues (biologically, she's my grandmother). Hers developed late, so late that by the time it would become a problem, she'd be 120 or so. I wonder if it's due to the smoking and coffee like the article suggests, LOL.
Couldn't hurt. I fear Parkinson's. Sometimes I... drop things and my hands go sorta weird. I'm sure this happens to everyone, but still I fear Parkinson's.
I'll probably change my mind, but hey, maybe I'll get lots of writing done beforehand.
Do you drink coffee? Tea? Listen to soundtracks? Have a favorite soundtrack?