My favourite music for dark days

It’s nothing new that music can influence mood – sometimes quite significantly. Music can conjure up old memories – both good and bad – but also take you away from the present moment into a place of serenity and calmness.

I find that music can help me on dark and difficult days – and it is then, also, that I especially need some music that will lift my spirits. It’s not to say that I will suddenly be giddy with happiness, but the music can be an escape and can bring back good memories. Here are just a few of my favourite artists and types of music to listen to.

Search for “epic music” on YouTube and you’ll definitely find some brilliant artists creating beautiful instrumental pieces. I not only work while listening to this type of music but also use it when I’m writing fiction.

One of my favourite artists is Two Steps From Hell. While the name makes them sound more like a metal band, Two Steps From Hell is known for their cinematic music that is about as epic as it comes. Their “Never Back Down” is one of my favourites to listen to.

BrunuhVille, Matti Paalanen, and Adrian von Ziegler are independent artists who create beautiful music that ranges from fantasy pieces to Celtic music and more. They truly take you into another world.

Medieval and Early music isn’t really everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s is wonderful when your brain needs something in the background to keep it occupied while you’re trying to work. It also works wonderfully for falling asleep to. Anonymous 4 is by far my favourite artist.

Some other music I also listen to includes some dark music as, for some reason, it sometimes seems to help! Artists like Linkin Park, Chris Chameleon (a brilliant South African artist, who’s also the lead singer of Boo!) and Radical Face; who’s another independent artist. Radical Face’s “Family Tree” albums are not only haunting but also fascinating. Lastly, I definitely also have to mention Third Day.

Some of Radical Face’s lyrics I’m most fond of is: “…farewell to the chains we were born into. And as we danced among the ashes of our lives we laughed it off, and then we burned our tiny worlds and found the ocean just beyond those paper walls.”

The last song I’d like to share, which is incredibly powerful is “One More Light” by Linkin Park.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

1 comment

  1. I don’t play music for the mood I’m in, I play music for the mood I want to be in. Specifically to put me in the mood to write. 🙂 Most songs by Sleeping At Last, God Is An Astronaut, If These Trees Could Talk, Light & Motion, and a bunch of other post-rock bands do this for me. Music is a powerful tool!


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