Adagio For Strings, OP.11 - Samuel Barber

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Adagio For Strings, OP.11 - Samuel Barber

It's crazy to think that this was written in 1936 and yet it is one of the most popular pieces of American "classical"music and enhances the stories of some of my favorite movies: Platoon, The Crow, Gattaca, Amélie - the list goes on and it's always appropriately gut wrenching.

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Portrait Gallery - Luke Howard

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Portrait Gallery - Luke Howard

I love how certain things just start appearing in your world - you know like - if you haven't heard a certain song for years and then suddenly you start hearing it all the time - I love the weird random shit like that.  And while I'm sure there's some cognitive explanation - I personally think it's magic and I'm all for it.

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Sireli - Viken Arman

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Sireli - Viken Arman

You should probably know by now that I'm a total hippy - that I believe if we all just got to know each other better and hung out and shared our music - that the world would be a happier place.

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Light of the Seven - Ramin Djawadi

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Light of the Seven - Ramin Djawadi

Well come on - the series started again this week so it was a pretty easy choice!  Having said that - this is a killer track and really rewards repeated listening.

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Fiel - Igor Longhi

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Fiel - Igor Longhi

Essay writing music is essentially Trance music - well, OK - that might be a little broad but really, what we're talking about is music that you can fall in to, that doesn't freak you out, that becomes familiar quickly & allows you to get lost in your own thoughts.

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Swear - Moby

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Swear - Moby

It's the insistent high hat that makes this perfect for the playlist.  I'm all for pure instrumental percussion free tracks - what is often referred to as "New Age" but - there has to be a sense of movement in the track - it has to give energy rather than take it.

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Miraflores - Feathered Sun

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Miraflores - Feathered Sun

So I'm breaking my own rules on this track but hey - sometimes you just gotta try something a little different - this track has words - not a lot - but definitely a sense of lyric, and yet...

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Las Claves - Dr. Fuego

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Las Claves - Dr. Fuego

Alright, we know - it's summer and you're all out on break earning dough in shitty jobs or heading south to the good weather - (or maybe even running north - it was 108 here in LA today!)

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Piano Sonata No.12 In F - W.A.Mozart - Maria João Pires

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Piano Sonata No.12 In F - W.A.Mozart - Maria João Pires

The Piano Sonatas of Mozart (as played by Maria J Pires) are an obvious choice to cool down, concentrate and get in a flow.

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North of The Prairie Stars - Peter Ostroushko

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North of The Prairie Stars - Peter Ostroushko

The sense of longing throughout Ostroushko's album, *Minnesota* is remarkable. Any track gets me writing. "North of the Prairie Stars" is a fine representative from this inspired album.

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Grunwald (feat. Stereospread) - Keats' Handwriting

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Grunwald (feat. Stereospread) - Keats' Handwriting

I've been away on vacation for a week - Australia - it was awesome - but - trying to get back into the writing groove has been a bear.  Which is why I've been particularly stoked about this track.  It's been on repeat for the last hour and I just burned through the first 6 items on my to do list that could have taken my days!

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Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich

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Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich

I love tracks that open like this - there's an immediate sense of energy and urgency and yet - it's not overwhelming or overpowering - it just picks you up and gently carries you along.  Perfect opening track for an essay writing playlist. 

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Sadeness - Enigma

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Sadeness - Enigma

Anybody who had ears in the early 90's couldn't move without hearing this track, it was one of those things that just exploded on the scene and was suddenly everywhere.  

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L'alternativa - bzur

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L'alternativa - bzur

Originally placed on the Music to Grieve to playlist I knew it would be perfect for essay writing too.  Put it on repeat and it works brilliantly.

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Ave Maria - J.S. Bach and Charles Gounod

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Ave Maria - J.S. Bach and Charles Gounod

If there's one thing I abhor above everything else on the planet - it's snobs!  People who know, or even profess to know more about a subject and who hold it above you like a double edged sword to invalidate how you feel about something.  Fuckers!

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Lux Aeterna - Clint Mansell

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Lux Aeterna - Clint Mansell

Another writer from the PLOS article, this time Ed Yong, Science writer at The Atlantic.  He only had one recommendation - this track and here's what he had to say about music to write to:

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Marooned - Pink Floyd

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Marooned - Pink Floyd

See that big ass Cathedral in-between the two statues, stuck in the middle of nowhere like a ship on the ocean?  I sang there.  I was a chorister.  It was amazing!

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Lyra Angelica - William Alwyn and Rachel Masters

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Lyra Angelica - William Alwyn and Rachel Masters

Recently I’ve been finding great writing inspiration in the British composer William Alwyn’s “Lyra Angelica,” a concerto for harp and string orchestra. It has many moods and tones, and both wrenches and uplifts me, soothes and galvanizes me in ways that I’m grateful for.

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Ambient 1 / Music for Airports - Brian Eno

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Ambient 1 / Music for Airports - Brian Eno

I've been aware of this album for as long as I can remember - it was only when I got into the whole music2work2 thing that I really started to listen to it.  

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In A Silent Way - Miles Davis

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In A Silent Way - Miles Davis

Another Steve Silberman track but Man am I digging this to write to.  It's almost 20 minutes long which - to my ears anyway - is a perfect length for essay writing music...

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