Agnes Obel’s small piano piece, “Chord Left,” has been on my go-to writing playlist since Pandora radio delivered it to my ears years ago. It somehow is both off-putting and calming, classical and modern. And although I’ve heard it thousands of times while typing away, I recently reheard it as background music in HBO’s adaptation of Sharp Objects.
I’ve written about “Dark Horse” by the Shanghai Restoration Project, which I’ve also always connected with Sharp Objects because of how I would listen to it while reading the book. Seems like Gillian Flynn’s exceptional novel is musically stalking me.
It’s Nov. 1, which means it’s time to cannonball into a 50,000 word-deep project over the next 30 days. Because I’ll be focusing on one of my projects, I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to continue ignoring this blog — but in the spirit of constant creation this month, I’m pledging to post a tiny snippet of original writing or a “writespiration” post at least every other day. We’ll hope for better.
So without further ado, your writespiration to enter the month is “Exit Music (For a Film),” originally by Radiohead but adapted by Ramin Djawadi for the Westworld soundtrack.
The morose melody in the beginning. The searing strings toward the end. The inclusion of the Westworld opening theme. This is a perfect tune for action as it escalates and comes to a slamming halt, just like the finale of the show’s first season.