I love instrumental music, especially soundtracks.  

I often run and write to them.  I like the way they carry me away, emotionally.  They just work their way into my head and do things to me.  Lately, I've had a few stuck in my head.  You're about to get them in your head, too.  

First, there's Johan Johansson.  I am not quite sure how or when I found his album and in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees, and particularly this song, Theme, but I'm sure glad I did.

Johansson's work utterly destroys me.  Often when I listen to it I just cry.  There's something haunting, melancholy, beautiful and devastating about it.

The other day, on a whim I started watching Star Trek: The Animated Series on Netflix.  It's surprisingly good.  The very best part of it is the soundtrack.  It's spectacular!  I stumbled across a YouTube video with lots of the music from the show in it.  I particularly like the bit that starts around 7:40 and goes to 8:30.  I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about this music, but it is stirring!  I feel like I'm in an action movie about my own life listening to it.

Lastly there's this oddball soundtrack that's a disco concept album of The War of the Worlds.  Yes, I know, it sounds like a ridiculous idea.  (And strictly speaking, it's not instrumental music, at least not all of it.)  But it's amazing.  A musician named Jeff Wayne recorded it back in 1978. There's one song in particular that really, really pumps me up when I hear it, Thunder Child.

When I feel the creative urge hit, I'll put stuff like this on, and it fans a tiny spark of inspiration into a roaring flame.  I love this stuff.

AuthorMako Allen
Categories365 Gratitude