This November marked the first in seven years of participating in NaNoWriMo that I did not purchase a new album to use as writing inspiration. Last year, I added some Doctor Who to my Write Music playlist. This year, I listened to the soundtracks from Rome, Last of the Mohicans, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings.
Over the past two days, I decided to re-watch the first eight episodes of Starz Outlander. Not only is the acting great, the scenery magnificent, and the story one I adore, but the music is one of the most stirring scores for anything on the screen – big or small.
I’ve been scouring the internet in hopes of finding Bear McCreary‘s score since I originally watched the first episode, but without luck. The opening title is available, but not the entire score. Apparently, like other soundtracks for television series, the release occurs at the conclusion of the season. Given that we have to wait until April 2015 for the season to continue, it appears I must wait to listen to the score in its entirety.
I find this score emotionally evocative. It resonates with me in a way that raises the hair on my arms with its penny whistle and strings, at other times, it echoes in my chest with the sounds of pipes and drums. The music is sweeping, layered, and haunting.
I definitely want to add this score to my Write Music playlist – hopefully in time for NaNoWriMo 2015. The wait will provide me ample time to dream up my next story!