Music to Read and Write To

When I write my fantasy, I love to listen to music to set the tone in my mind. I thought I’d share some of my favorite songs with the readers of Guild of Dreams. These offer a great soundtrack to writing or reading that epic battle scene, that revelation of a dark secret, or that moment when the hero finally overcomes the villain!

“We Are Free” by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
Zimmer has done the soundtrack for various movies: Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, Gladiator, The Last Samurai. They range from modern to

This is one of my favorite songs by Zimmer, “We Are Free” from the Gladiator soundtrack. It’s an uplifting song, upbeat and entrancing.

Pater Noster by Richard Einhorn (Voices of Light Soundtrack)
This is from the Voices of Light (a movie about Joan of Arc) soundtrack. This particular track involves a lot of string, operatic vocals. It starts off slow, incorporating mystery and intrigue through the song.

Lost Song by Olafur Arnalds
With just a piano and strings, this song is haunting, sad, and beautiful. It gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Seriously, this artist is one of my most-played on my iTunes.

“Legend” by Red Arc Music/David Edwards
This company creates music for motion picture trailers, and a lot of their music is up on Youtube under Fringe Element Trailer Series. Their website also has a lot of samples. One I enjoyed a lot is “Legend.” It has that slow build up into a powerful ending with vocals and horns.

“Orion” by Red Arc Music/David Edwards
Here is another from the same project. It starts off with a bang and doesn’t stop. (It kind of reminds me of the Bourne Identity, actually.)

“We All Complete” by Rachel Portman
This is from the soundtrack from Never Let Me Go, which is full of pianos and strings. It’s muic similar to Olafur Arnalds — very emotive and moving. This song is the last track of the OST songs (the last two are not by Rachel Portman) and it’s quite powerful if you know the story behind it. Even if you don’t, though, this could be the soundtrack to your own story, whether you’re creating it or enjoying it from another author.

Looking for more?
If you just search “Epic music” on Youtube, you will find TONS of awesome music! Some people have even put together compilations that last one to five hours. With that kind of music, you can definitely get lost in a fantasy world whether you’re reading or writing it.

About the Author
Emily Ann Ward is the author of Passages, Beyond Home, Finding Fiona, and The Protectors series. Aside from writing, she’s also a content editor for Entranced Publishing. She loves reading, traveling, sociology, religion, and Reese’s sticks. Currently, she lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Chris and their cats. Visit her website at