September 4, 2012

YA Misfits Launch Giveaway!!

I have to listen to music when I write. People who need complete silence: I don't understand you. Half the time, it doesn't even matter what's playing, I just need the background noise.



See, as long as there's music playing, when I get stuck in the middle of a scene, it's okay! I can't get frustrated! I'M TOO BUSY HAVING A DANCE PARTY IN MY CHAIR.




I make playlists for all my WIPs, but it usually takes me a few thousand words to decide what exactly needs to be on the playlist. I can't really put songs together until I get a better feel for the story and the characters. So, when I start a new project, I have this generic playlist that I always listen to. It has a mix of all kinds of things on it, just to get me in the mood to write. I thought I'd share it with you guys here!

Random collection of randomness. It fits all moods.

Do you use Spotify? It's the greatest thing since peanut butter. It's free, as long as you don't mind to put up with the ads. Downside (to me): It broadcasts what you're listening to on Facebook, which can be a little embarrassing when you become obsessed with one particular song. 

"Megan is listening to We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift" 
"Megan is listening to We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift" 
"Megan is listening to We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift" 

(But seriously, I love that dang song.)

SO! I thought I'd do a giveaway to celebrate my love of music AND the YA Misfits launch today! One of you lovely readers is going to get a $25 iTunes gift card! 

How?
  1. Follow me (@MeganWhitmer) on Twitter. 
  2. Follow this blog. 
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post- AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT- tell me some good music to listen to. If you use writing playlists, I'd love to hear the song that goes best with your current WIP. If you use Spotify, it would be FANTASTIC to leave the link to one of your playlists. Finding new music to listen to is seriously one of my greatest joys in life. You don't even know. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks so much for all the great music recommendations, guys!! Congratulations Amanda Olivieri on winning the gift card!

This giveaway will end Friday, September 7, 2012 at 12:00pm EDT. You have to complete all three steps to win! I'll use a super high tech method of choosing a random entry, and I'll announce the winner here and on Twitter! (This giveaway is only open to US residents. Apologies to my out of US friends. All three of you. Sometime I'll do a NO AMERICANS ALLOWED giveaway, I promise.)

One more tiny bit of business:

Did you know www.YAmisfits.com launches TODAY? 
Like...TODAY RIGHT NOW THIS VERY SECOND NOW NOW NOW?

If you're here from the Misfits web site, you know that we're doing an AMAZING giveaway over there. (I don't want to spoil the surprise but it rhymes with "schmindle" and you WANT IT.)

Thanks for entering! I'm looking forward to finding out what music you guys love! Good luck!






45 comments:

  1. This is SUCH an awesome idea! I'm in! And as far as playlists (all of my books have them), I can't seem to get one together without Black Lab. They are musical inspiration gold for me.

    Go forth and SPotify.

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  2. @heartlessbstrds and @theblackkeys keep my mind happy. If you want some poetic stuff from a man that truly shares his life through his music, then actually LISTEN to @blueoctober - Justin, the lead singer, is bipolar, has suffered from depression for years. Their music got me through some really dark times....

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  3. I've never used spotify but I am OBSESSED with T.Swift's WANEGBT. SO GOOD. And the music video is fab.

    I've been listening to The Wanted a lot and Maroon 5's new cd. But my fall-backs are usually Passion Pit (they also just released a new cd but I haven't listened to it yet) and Minus the Bear (new cd coming soon).

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  4. I secretly love PittBull and The Wanted!! I toss a little Shakira in the mix and top it off with Lady Antebellum. I know, I know. I'm crazy!

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  5. Following your blog and twitter :)

    I'm still living in the past and using Pandora, not good with change LOL. I love some Dashboard Confessional, Secondhand Serenade, One Republic, Bowling for Soup, Simple Plan, David Gray and the list goes on. Two of my all time favorite songs for writing about the love interests are Stolen by Dashboard Confessional and Your Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. :)

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  6. Hey, Megan!
    Congrats on being a founding member of YA Misfits; it's sure to be the hottest new thing in YA blogging.
    I'm already following you on twitter, and your blog here. Hope it still counts :-)
    I've held off from getting Spotify for the very specific reason you mentioned here: facebook notifications, however you've made it sound more appealling. And you're obviously still standing after the embarrassing fb updates, so maybe it's not all that bad?
    Thanks for sharing your playlist. I loved seeing that your taste is all over the board!
    Some of my go-to music if I don't have a playlist:
    Crawl - Kings of Leon
    Halfcrazy - Music Soulchild
    Make You Feel My Love - cover by Adele
    The War Inside - Switchfoot
    Ring the Alarm - Beyounce

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  7. I'm not a real music obsessive and I need silence when I write. But I love the song Some Nights by Fun. right now. :) It has nothing to do with my current WIP, but I like it anway.

    Congrats on the new group blog!

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  8. Okay. I'm a musician, and have been getting shit for not mentioning it more often, so here are a couple of MY songs.
    Slower sadder one called Way Away: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31463949/Way%20Away.mp3

    Okay, I like this because it's called, Who's hotter now? And has the word gallivanting in it. Cuz it's an awesome word and I decided it needed to be in a song. :)
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31463949/Who%27s%20hotter%20now.mp3

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    1. Aw, you sing real pretty! :D How did I not know this already? I knew you were a singer, but how did I never hear it before? Do I absolutely suck, or what?

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  9. YAAAY music! :D

    I'm kind of a hardcore musical theatre geek, and The Secret Garden especially links up quite well with my current wip. I also write a lot to film soundtracks - it makes everything feel pretty epic.

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  10. Yay, awesome giveaway! I'm at work right now so I can't link up my Spotify playlists, but I always listen to music for writing, too. Here are some of my favorites: Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine (This is the mood setting song for my current WIP), Comes and Goes (In Waves) by Greg Laswell, Winter Song by Sara Bareilles, I Will Possess Your Heart and Some Boys by Death Cab for Cutie, Legions (War) by Zoe Keating, Brightest by Copeland, Ghost Towns and A Pound of Flesh by Radical Face. I could keep going, but I'll leave it at that :)

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  11. No Spotify for me in Canada (boo). I listen to music when I write too. For the YA I'm querying, "Two is Better than One" by Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift. For the adult contemp redux I'm revising, Michael Buble has been my go-to playlist and also Taylor Swift's "The Story of Us" describes the MS perfectly. And inspiration for my new WIP is "On My Own" from Les Mis.
    Congrats on the new blog launch!

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  12. I don't have a specific song, per say, but I do have a playlist for my current WIP. I start it up when I write and plays in the background. For some reason, I have to use an entire album. Maybe I'm just old I don't know. So here are the albums on my current WIP.

    New Medicine -- Race You to the Bottom
    Emphatic -- Damage
    Slash -- Apocalyptic Love
    There are a couple other albums on there, but I'm not at my home computer so I can't remember.

    I also use Spotify when I'm not at the main computer. It's awesome. As a matter of fact, I'm using it right now at work. :D

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  13. Following both blogs and your twitter. :)

    I'm the same way as you -- I love love love finding new music to listen to. When it comes to writing, I tend to listen to instrumental movie soundscores (currently Pirates 3 is a big one). But I also listen to some music with words. Here's a mix of songs on the playlists of my current WIP and my other ms for you to look up if you so desire!

    Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
    Shelter - Birdy
    End of All Time - Stars of Track and Field
    The Letter that Never Came - Thomas Newman
    Boats and Birds - Gregory and the Hawk

    Also...I don't usually link to this...but I do write some music of my own. :) http://www.myspace.com/stephaniediaz7

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  14. Um... I follow you, obviously. :)

    Great music - hmmmmm.
    Currently, I'm listening to Love is Real by Mraz for one MS. I cannot stop listening to the Civil Wars album. And my newest invention with words is heavy on the Jeff Buckley. So there you have it... now, pick me!

    And I think you've heard my playlists right????

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  15. Just followed your blog. Already following you on Twitter. I love Taylor Swift. When I was writing my latest ms, I had Marie Digby's Miss Invisible and Spell on repeat because they fit my heroine so perfectly. I love anything by Matt Nathanson. And Kate Voegele's Lift Me Up and Forever and Almost Always.

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  16. I follow you on Twitter. I found you through some Kentucky tweets, and I had to follow a fellow KY gal. Go Cats!

    I follow your blog.

    I don't have spotify, and am actually embarrassed to say I don't even know what it is. My top songs right now are Glass and I Kissed You Goodnight. Yep, they are older, but I love singing them in the car. I can belt it out like no other.

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  17. RX bandits. I LOVE them.
    They're ska, which, for those of you who don't know, is an awesome mix of rock/punk (depending) and bigband/jazz (rock with a sax and trupet= AWESOME!) It's my favorite kind of music EVAR.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XgwMhLY-e0&feature=related

    I'd also suggest Five Iron Frenzy (Christian ska, though in most songs you wouldn't notice the christain part. They're equally awesome, maybe more awesome than RX Bandits but their music isn't as good for writing IMO)This is my all time favorite band.

    Heres a video for them.. but excuse the actual video for this one, I have no idea what it is. I couldn't find a none random video with this song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUYlCwBHRZs

    Sorry for going overboard here but you gave me an in to talk about my favorite bands ever. and SKA!

    Thanks for all the awesome give aways!

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  18. Yay! Giveaways! And music! I am one of those freaks who has things quiet while writing, but that's probably because I just don't think to turn on any music. I might start doing that. Who doesn't love chair dance parties? My writing playlist will probably have lots of random music from the 80's and 90's. Plenty of Spice Girls, TLC and En Vogue. Some Snoop Dogg (back when he was still Snoop Dogg), Dr. Dre, a little Run DMC, Madonna... and obviously some T-Swift, because girlfriend speaks to me. I'll probably throw in some new dance-y stuff too. For dance party purposes. Anyway, can't wait to win all the things! ;)

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  19. I haven't used Spotify, but I do believe I'll go check it out now. I have to have playlists for each of my stories. It's a must.

    For my WIP, I have such a weird mix. For my action scenes, I've been listening to the Hunger Games soundtrack.

    -"Eyes Open" by Taylor Swift is sort of perfect for the story as a whole.
    -"The Ruler and the Killer" by Kid Cudi is the theme for my villain.
    -For the lovey-dovey scenes, I have Matt Kearney and Jon McLaughlin on repeat.

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  20. Can I just share a playist I made on spotify? I've been meaning to find more tweeps to follow there.
    Also, congrats on the launch. Site looks like a BOSS.

    http://open.spotify.com/user/1246390585/playlist/0TgGp54L1MlLOiNO2XJuID

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  21. Yay! Spotify love! I have a disproportionate sense of pride over Spotify since I'm Swedish and it's a Swedish invention, but it's such a great invention — but I may be biased since I pay the extra $15 a month to not have to listen to the ads.
    Anyway, not entering the giveaway since I'm not in the US (well, duh) but thought I'd share some good music since I love going through music recommendations. My Spotify list for my WIP may have an overdose of Florence + The Machine (including Shake it Out, actually!) but I'm still kind of fond of it. :)

    http://open.spotify.com/user/nemivicious/playlist/3ZKcFmE5Fs9OdhcYwP3TzR

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  22. Okay. I already follow you on twitter, and I follow your blog via Google. I do make playlists for my books, though I never listen to them when I am writing. I can't write my own words when someone else's words are all up in my head. If I need to drown out kids fighting, I will sometimes use instrumental music when writing.

    Here is a Spotify link to the playlist for the book I am currently editing and revising:

    http://open.spotify.com/user/madamerubies/playlist/4CLdHn6ix85s8Qi8tG9Dck

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  23. Ok, Megan, get ready for my punky recommendations. I am obsessed w/ Fall Out Boy, so check out Bang the Doldrums and Of All the Gin Joints. Then there's Green Day, where I recommend 21st Century Breakdown and Jesus of Suburbia. Love this Misfit stuff, baby! Already follow on twit and the blog. :)

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  24. loving the YA Misfits blog, and loving discovering all your blogs!

    this is my go-to playlist (nothing if not eclectic? at least that's what I tell myself lol)

    http://open.spotify.com/user/bethellynf/playlist/37cvEwdw13DTOMG6jzhkDA

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  25. So I just followed the blog, even though I've been following on Twitter for awhile now. (Which you probably didn't know, since I'm one of those randoms who has a Twitter pretty much just to read the tweets of others, not to actually tweet myself. Awkward ...)

    Check out the soundtrack to Fantastic Mr. Fox. It's charming, whimsical, and upbeat. Excellent writing music.

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  26. okay I am already stalking you so I filled all the requirements. Also, I am a Karmin FREAK. They make me happy. And so does Ingrid Michelson

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  27. And I will forever love Stevie Knicks, but she's not very current.

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  28. The Hush Sound, the band, is amazing to write to. I especially love the song "That's Okay" by them.

    Also, the Avengers Assemble soundtrack is one of my new favorites. ;D

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  29. Whenever I'm coding I can't help but blast my 80's playlist!

    http://open.spotify.com/user/sigpibro/playlist/3IuR0BfwIaCBlCgcIIVu4P

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  30. I just wanted to stop by and say congrats on the blog launch! This isn't an official entry - just leaving my well wishes. :)

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  31. I totally got this in the bag!
    The only thing I listen to is classical musical when I'm writing. The best of Beethoven and Mozart on pandora.

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  32. I love finding new blogs to follow! And I did follow you on twitter after I reset my forgotten password... I do not get twitter! When I work, I usually listen to ridiculous reality tv for my background noise, but I have a lot of playlists too. I listen to everything from journey to ingrid michaelson (far away is my favorite) to kanye west (all of the lights) to all sorts of country! I like to use grooveshark.com because they don't blast my embarrassing playlists all over facebook :) Aimee
    PS I think you tweeted 6 times while I was writing this comment! I need a tutorial!

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  33. I'll try to keep it short, but knowing me I'll go on and on and on, but here we go. Break up scenes are best written while listening to Jeff Buckley's Grace album. Talk about a wonder to take in; here is a man that understood relationships on a level that most don't. It's also a very sad, for Buckley's fate and the promise missed. Drive-By Truckers write some of the greatest story-songs I've ever heard, and when I listen to them, I get ideas like crazy. For that short story I wrote, I kept listening to the same song over and over again; Dum Dum Girls' "Coming Down." Just a very moody, dark piece of music. Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" is one of the most creative pieces of music I've ever heard. The song, let alone the album, is so imaginative whether it's your first listen or your 500th. Here is a blog post I wrote about my 25 favorite songs; songs worth a listen. http://teamhellions.com/2012/08/07/25favoritesongsofalltime-yeah-thats-a-hashtag/

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  34. Okay, I usually don't listen to songs with words, but I'm gonna skip those, because I really don't think you're interested in "In A Sentimental Mood" by John Coletrane and Duke Ellington, or anything by John McLaughlin. So, the few times I do listen to words--here are my top six!
    1.) "That's A Beginning, Isn't It?" cast of Zorba
    2.) "DO you know what it means to miss New Orleans?" by Louis Armstrong
    3.) "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday
    4.) "What kind of man am I?" by Sammy Davis Jr
    5.) "Stairway to the Stars" by Ella Fitzgerald
    6.) "Try A Little Tenderness." by Otis.

    There you go.

    J

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  35. I'll list some of my favorite songs by Megan and Liz :)

    BAD FOR ME: http://youtu.be/kn1ZVJeZUVU
    ARE YOU HAPPY NOW: http://youtu.be/Lq3iagZzloU
    PRINCESS CHARMING: http://youtu.be/MStFOr2BI40

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  36. I'm not American (gah, why must I live Down Under???) but I'm going to have a look at the blogs of ALL you Misfits. They sound great, and since I'm a teenager writing teen fiction they might be helpful. Good luck to all the entrants :)

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  37. Oh man, I'm jealous! 90% of the time, I CANNOT write with music in the background, much as I wish it were otherwise. I'm such an aural person I'm incapable of ignoring it, particularly if it's music I know.

    That said, a few things for you to listen to (be aware: my musical tastes are pretty odd/eclectic)...

    1. "La Jeune Fille aux Cheveux Blancs" by Camille
    I don't know how you feel about non-anglophone music, but my current roommate (who does not speak French) turned me onto Camille's stuff, so clearly you don't have to be francophone to enjoy it. This song is from her album called "Le Fil" ("The Thread") in which every single song begins and ends with the same continuous note that threads its way through every track. SO cool, and the songs are great: http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/La+Jeune+Fille+Aux+Cheveux+Bla/3B72uS?src=5

    2. "The Kid" by Cry Cry Cry
    I grew up listening to this, and it's actually one of my favorite songs and in my top-ten-most-played songs on my iTunes. I love the lyrics and the melody and just...gah. *sigh* Musical comfort food: http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/The+Kid/2UqKeG?src=5

    3. anything by Loreena McKennitt
    Another form of musical comfort food, since I grew up listening to her (my mom has a bunch of her CDs). And while I don't write to music, Loreena McKennitt's music is so AWESOMELY atmospheric that certain songs of hers have had an enormous influence on certain scenes/stories I've written, even if I wasn't actively listening to her while writing. I love that she often sets famous poems to music, and that her songs are often telling a story of some kind. A few favorites:
    "The Highwayman" http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/The+Highwayman/2DFayl?src=5
    "Stolen Child" http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Stolen+Child/2rbPt7?src=5
    "Marrakesh Night Market" http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Marrakesh+Night+Market/3BK4P4?src=5

    4. "The Fault Is in Our Stars (Lastufka Remix)" by Meghan Tonjes
    Inspired by John Green's novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. The lyrics are great on their own, but they take on a whole new set of meanings if you've read the book. The original is great, but I particularly like this remix. http://alandistro.tumblr.com/post/29625072270/short-post-version-this-is-the-remix-of-meghan

    5. "What If" by Eric Whitacre
    Eric Whitacre is easily the most popular choral composer of the last 10 years (and the subject of many a choirgirl's crush, given his rock star good looks). He's known for his crunchy, dissonant chords and haunting melodies, and he's done some AMAZING stuff: http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_whitacre_a_virtual_choir_2_000_voices_strong.html ). Several years ago, he decided to write an musical combining electronica tracks with a more classical vocal style. I have mixed feelings about the show as a whole, but the music is fascinating. (That said, it had to grow on me, so I recommend listening to the song all the way through before passing judgment.) http://soundcloud.com/ericwhitacre/what-if-demo
    (And for what it's worth, this is my favorite choral piece of his. It's called "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine" and it is just DELICIOUS to sing: http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Leonardo+Dreams+Of+His+Flying+Machine/2WZjlU?src=5)

    OOoooooookay, I'll stop throwing music at you now. I follow your blog with Google Reader, and hmmmm...you know, I'm JUST NOT SURE about Twitter? Better go check...:-p

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  38. First of all, I love the new pretty background!

    Second of all, I don't have a playlist for writing. Half the time I listen to whatever my daughter is playing in her room. Lately that's been a lot of Oasis and XTC.

    I also have The Heavy playing on permanent repeat in my head.

    I listened to Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger the other day, and now my current earworm is Slaves and Bulldozers.

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  39. I'm a pandora girl. I have spotify, but never get around to messing with it. My pandora stations are old and finely tuned, and when I have time at the computer, I use it to write or blog, not mess with duplicating my playlists!

    So, my go-to station is called "Don't Stop Believing" which, I think, is pretty obvious. Lots of Journey, Queen, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, ACDC, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, BTO, Eagles... you get the idea.

    When writing YA, though, I turn to my Gin Blossoms station. It's Gin Blossoms with a Britney Spears twist, and it throws me right back to high school, putting me in that perfect frame of mind. No Doubt, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Sugar Ray.

    If I need more adrenaline for a pivotal scene, I turn to New Found Glory. They always make me bounce up and down like an idiot, and it gets the creative juices flowing.

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  40. Hey! Followed you on here and twitter! My favorite band right now is NeedToBreathe. I'm apparently one of those very odd people who can't listen to music while writing...I start singing the songs and don't write...I love music, but for me it's never background. I tried writing to instrumental music once, but I kept stopping to listen to that too! Ah well, there's always time to listen to music when I'm not writing! I'd love to win! :)

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  41. I like to listen to Band or Horses, Imagine Dragons, Augustana, and Scar 45. All great bands for my current WIP.

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  42. Following you on twitter
    @mommyluck13

    I love spotify
    It has saved me I was so bummed I have no music on my laptop..
    I am not sure how to share my playlist with you ..
    I have it named favs..
    =) tell me what you think!
    Also can't figure out how to follow your blog. No gfc button anywhere!
    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I heart Spotify so much. Here's the link for my writing playlist:

    http://open.spotify.com/user/1241022453/playlist/4nEAI6dA4KDwZizSQ019j4

    But my FAVORITES are:

    Dreamer by Elizaveta
    Six Days Remix by DJ Shadow and Mos Def
    Mausam & Escape by AR Rahman
    Angry Angel by Imogen Heap
    Nursery Rhyme Breather by UNKLE

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