Tuesday, February 25, 2020

ScribeTunes: Tragedy

The newest ScribeTunes is here! American and Canadian powers combine in a collaborative project between me and Cassia Schaar to help writers have the best music for their writing. Have you ever spent half an hour or more trying to find the right mood music when you should be writing? Then this project is for you! Every other week we will be releasing playlists on Spotify and Apple Music that are themed for any writing scene you can think of! 

This week we’re releasing a playlist of Tragedy. This can range from the death of a character to a devastating loss of a battle or the burning of a village or forest. Anything that results in some tragic loss for the character or other tragic events. 

Give the playlists a follow because we're adding new tracks as we find them!

We also want to talk a little about why we chose some of these tracks. These and more are included in our ultimate playlist!

My Picks:

"Duck Shoot" by Rupert Gregson-Williams (The Crown)
Though the name may not suggest so this is an incredibly powerful piece. It starts very soft with clarinet and soft strings. Then builds with gut-wrenching French horns into the emotion of an unspeakable tragedy that not only affects the immediate family but the world. Then it ends with soft piano in a tone that says, "What now? How do we move on from this?"

"Sacrifice" by JunkieXL (Divergent)
This piece is just pure raw grief. The waterworks started for me as soon as I heard this in the Divergent film and these emotions continue when I write to this piece. If the strings didn't get you then Ellie Goulding's sad vocalizations will. 

"Sorrow Without Solace" by Yoko Shimomura (Final Fantasy XV)
This is more of a burning and angry sadness. A light was snatched away unexpected and the one who grieves is enraged by her death and wants vengeance. The pensive strings, choir, and piano give this strong sense of unrest. Like the character can’t sleep and can’t function until something is done about this.

"Shutting Down Grace's Lab" by James Horner (Avatar)
This piece goes from stunned disbelief at a tragedy to gut-wrenching pain. As soon as the vocals, horn, and drums come in you can’t help but feel horrified and in pain at whatever tragedy has befallen. Expect to cry while writing a scene with this one!

"Death of the Firstborn" by Hans Zimmer (The Prince of Egypt)
The cello just tugs at your heartstrings in this short but melancholy piece. It has a subtle consistent melody that's perfect for writing. It's very versatile for any kind of soft sad scene but it also carries a bit of tension. You can hear anger in the strings as they accelerate in tempo occasionally.

Apple playlist coming shortly!


These playlists are collaborative! We’d love to have your suggestions for new pieces to grow these music archives. We just have a few guidelines: 

  • No lyrics! Scores only.
  • The tones have to stay consistent. No music that starts in one tone but shifts to another. 
  • No jump scares! Nothing messes up writing flow like flinching. 

To thank you for helping grow this tool for writers and get the word out we’re doing a quarterly drawing for a three month Spotify or Apple Music subscription! Suggested tracks that are already in the playlist will not count as entries.

  • New tracks accepted into the playlist earn one entry each.
  • Follow Cassia and me on Instagram, this blog, and Spotify/Apple Music and comment that you did and that will earn you two entries each!
  • Sharing this post with #ScribeTunesMusic on Instagram will earn you three entries!

Leave your suggestions in the comments! And come back on March 13th for the Soft-Action playlist! Happy writing!

You may also like:
ScribeTunes: Romance
ScribeTunes: Soft Tension
ScribeTunes - Peaceful

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