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Weekend Playlist: Music to Read To

Last week, I was laid up in bed with a nasty cold, unable to do much but prop myself up with a good book. If I’m going to be missing work, I might as well be somewhat productive and take my mind off of the coughing.

When I read, I tend to get distracted. I think it’s the silence around me that makes me more aware of what’s going on; cars and trucks going up and down the road, the neighbors upstairs, or something crashing in the kitchen. To combat this, I’ve got a handy playlist of songs that I put on that helps keep me in the mood. It’s not so much that it’ll be distracting to me, but not quiet enough that I’m either falling asleep or not hearing it.

There’s not a whole lot to say individually, except that I like them quite a bit. Here we go:

Welcome to Lunar Industries, Clint Mansell

Re-Entry, Philip Sheppard

We Built Our Own World, Hans Zimmer

They’re Calling My Flight, Cliff Martinez

The Son of Flynn, Daft Punk

Solar Sailer, Daft Punk

Hand Covers Bruise, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

The Island Awaits You, Steve Jablonsky

Obliviate, Alexandre Desplat

The Card Game, Bear McCreary

The Passage of Time, Bear McCreary

Inama Nushif (Montage), Brian Tyler

Frozen Moment, Chris Bacon

Is That What Everybody Wants? Cliff Martinez

Xibalba, Clint Mansell

The Surface of the Sun, John Murphy

Define Dancing, Thomas Newman

Listen to (and Watch!) This Playlist on YouTube

Happy reading!

About Andrew Liptak (180 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

1 Comment on Weekend Playlist: Music to Read To

  1. crypto nomico // March 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm //

    I love these playlists. This one is intriguing as I’ve never heard most of them. I prefer no lyrics when reading or writing at the computer.

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