I’m an author who seeks inspiration from the music to which I’m listening while I’m developing and writing a given story or novel. In fact, while I’m working on something, I’ll deliberately choose a certain kind of music, usually by a mixed set of artists, which I find appropriate to the kind of story I’m writing. I call that music the story’s “soundtrack” just as if it was background music for a movie … which it is, kinda, because a novel is sort of like a movie that I’ve got running in my own head.
While writing the Captain Future series, I listen most often to jazz-rock fusion and progressive rock (aka space rock) from the 70’s. Here’s a list of artists and albums as suggestions for stuff you may enjoy while reading the stories. I’ve never put together an actual mix-CD or MP3, but if I did, it would include this material:
Lenny White; Tales of the Astral Pirates (Theme music: “Prelude” and “Pursuit”)
Return to Forever; Return to the Seventh Galaxy
Happy the Man; Happy the Man (first album) and Crafty Hands
Mahavishnu Orchestra; Between Nothingness & Eternity (Live)
Hawkwind: Space Ritual (Live) and Hall of the Mountain Grill
Yes: Fragile and Keys to Ascension (Live)
Forward the Legion!