The Black God's War (Novel)Writing isn’t nearly as much fun without loud music in my face. I need your help so I can rock (or groove, or float) on.

I recently asked my homeys on Facebook and Twitter to recommend just one song for my next music playlist. These are the songs I’ll listen to as I write my next book, The Gods Divided (sequel to The Black God’s War, which comes out on August 1st). There’s still time to recommend a song (only one, please). I’ve listened to all of the current suggestions (thanks, y’all!), and here are the ten songs I’ve approved so far.

In no particular order:

Map of the Problematique, by Muse (from @AlexJKane).
Crystal, by New Order (from @RinnFalconer).
Call me When You’re Sober, by Evanescence (from @MumofBabyDavros).
The Last of the Mohicans, from the soundtrack (from @Strassur).
Timshel, by Mumford & Sons (from @charlotte_abel).
Roads, by Portishead (from @I_Pagan).
Sigur Ros, by Sæglópur (from Corey Podwinski)
Angels, by Wax Poetic featuring Norah Jones (Alexandra Geraets)
Sign of the Southern Cross, by Black Sabbath (Eric Kent Edstrom)
Remembering, by Karen Thurber (Karen Thurber‘s MySpace)

(I’ll keep adding songs to this list as I approve new songs.)

New songs added since I published this blog post:

Philosophia, by Guggenheim Grotto (@_MoniqueMartin_)
Anywhere on This Road, by Lhasa de Sela (Sarah Bartsch)
For Prayer, by Wye Oak (@iamfantastikate)
Blow Me Away, by Breaking Benjamin featuring Valora (lexcade)
Escape Artist, by Zoe Keating  (Timothy C Ward)
Threads, by This Will Destroy You (bennylol)
A Song for Starlit Beaches, by Yndi Halda (Machine_Gun_Jubblies)
Solitude is Bliss, by Tame Impala (MunkyAU)
Lobby, by The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (thepaganapostle)
Welcome Home, by Coheed and Cambria (Barry Napier)

Feel free to comment with a song suggestion, and leave something like an email address or twitter handle in case I add your song. The first 20 selections will win paper copies of my book. EDIT: I’ve just reached 20 songs, but feel free to suggest a song if you’d like a chance to win a free ebook edition of The Black God’s War.

My taste is eclectic, and I like variety in my playlists. Thanks for your help, and check out the links to the songs above if you’re looking for a good time.

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Broken Pieces by Apocalyptica (w/ Lacey from Flyleaf)

Indestructible by Disturbed

July 28th, 2011 at 10:22 am

Carry on my Wayward Son by Kansas

I can’t get it out of my head, so now I’m putting it in yours. 🙂 Besides, the lyrics could apply somewhat to book writing.

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July 28th, 2011 at 10:25 am

Here’s one I just heard about lately: Fortune Days by The Glitch Mob. It’s electronic, if you’re into that.

July 28th, 2011 at 10:38 am

Oh, there are so many I wan to suggest, but this is the first one I thought of:

Philosophia by Guggenheim Grotto

July 28th, 2011 at 10:42 am
Julie Titus

If you want something to float on, you might want to try Are You Crazy by the Echo Kings

I could only find their live performance

July 28th, 2011 at 11:08 am

Like you, I listen to a lot of music while writing. It stirs my soul and screens out all the distractions. I started thinking about what song I would suggest and nearly gave myself an anxiety attack. There are so many good songs, how could I possibly choose just one??? I could limit it to 10 or even 5 without too much pain, but 1? It’s an impossible request you’ve made, sir, impossible! But I must attempt it. OK… here we go…

River Wide Ocean Deep by Fates Warning

Agh, it feels so horribly wrong to suggest only one song. Let me know if you ever want more suggestions! I’m not on Twitter, but I believe you have my email address already.
Ben recently posted..Creative Death

July 28th, 2011 at 11:37 am

Oh, here’s a link.
Ben recently posted..Creative Death

July 28th, 2011 at 11:39 am
Moses Siregar III

lexcade, I listened to the first one three times before I decided no. It was a close call.

Ben, yours was similar. Close, but just not quite. Since I know it was hard for you to pick one, you can submit a second one, if you want to.

Jason’s was also close, but just a little outside the range of what I’d like.

Julie, thanks. Another close call.

So far Monique’s is the winner from this group, and I added one more to the blog post from Facebook.

July 28th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I suggest the classic DECEMBER, by Collective Soul. Love that song.

July 28th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

You need some indie bands…

I recommend Wye Oak’s “For Prayer.” You can listen to it here:

July 28th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

A lot of these suggestions are really awesome songs that I would never have heard otherwise. I’m glad you are doing this—for my own sake!

Actually trying to pick a second song, after the first one failed, is even worse! Haha. Maybe I’ll go a completely different direction. Try I Cannot See His Color from The Village soundtrack.

Good luck with your playlist!

July 28th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I’m with Ben. I haven’t heard a lot of these songs, either.

One you might like is Blow Me Away by Breaking Benjamin. The newer version.

July 28th, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Moses Siregar III

Classic song that I like, Shaun, but not for this playlist.

That is a great song, Ben. If it was longer I’d say yes. Sorry, man!

Kate’s song’s a winner (“For Prayer”). Added.

lexcade, I listened to both versions, and the new on featuring Valora is amazing. I added a link to it in the blog post.

July 28th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Escape Artist by Zoe Keating
Tim Ward recently posted..Acts of the Apostles by John F.X. Sundman

July 28th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

It’s all good, Moses. You could always spring for the whole album. It’s an amazing soundtrack, probably my second favorite soundtrack ever next to Last of the Mohicans.

July 28th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Moses Siregar III

Tim, that song is amazing. That’ll be #15. I’m not sure how to contact you, so email me your mailing address at mosesmerlin ~a.t~

Thanks, Ben. That sounds like a good idea. I’ll do it.

July 28th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Forgot to say you could contact me @Azrael52 on Twitter. Sometimes I’d forget my brain if I didn’t have Post-It notes all over my desk.

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July 28th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I’m so glad you liked it! It’s quickly become one of my favorites.

July 28th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Not sure if you’ll like it, but here is a suggestion: The Writer by Ellie Goulding. Twitter: @LordReblik

July 28th, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Sonya Selbach

I reccomend Solitary, by VNV Nation–which straight off my own writing playlist.

July 28th, 2011 at 6:46 pm
Sonya Selbach

Meant to give you link to it:


July 28th, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Moses Siregar III

Thanks, everyone. I’ve updated the post with all of the songs. We’re up 16 now, so 4 more max.

July 28th, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Jane Hughes

Myself, I have trouble listening to lyrics while I write, so all my playlists are instrumental. Therefore I’ll say… Corynorhinus, from the Batman Begins soundtrack by the brilliant Hans Zimmer.

July 28th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Heart of Courage – Two Steps From Hell

Epic Song (instrumental) that could inspire an equally epic scene.

July 29th, 2011 at 11:39 am

**link sorry

July 29th, 2011 at 11:42 am

Some awesome choices so far (and a BIG kudos for whoever recommended the Kilamanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble).

My suggestion is not particularly one of my favorites, but it’s been stcukin my head for days and could encourage some pretty killer scenes:

“Weclome Home” – Coheed and Cambria

July 29th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Feed the Machine, by Red

July 29th, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Moses Siregar III

I just added the 20th song to the playlist.

I’ve heard so many good songs, but some of them just didn’t fit my ideas for the playlist.

Barry Napier, yours was #20. 🙂

July 29th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Well it looks like you’ll be making money cuz I’ll buy the book myself.

July 29th, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Moses Siregar III

Thanks very much, RKesman!

July 29th, 2011 at 5:14 pm


Congrats in advance on release of The Black God’s War.



July 30th, 2011 at 11:43 pm
Ron C. Nieto

Hello Moses,

I know this comment is fairly late, but I think this song is just for you, and just for The Black God’s War series. Probably you know it already, but…

And then there was silence, by Blind Guardian

is a circa-15-minute song telling a beloved story of yours… the Illiad 😉

Well, okay, a remarkably shortened version of the Illiad, but still. I love how it sounds. I think you’ll, too, if you enjoy metal – and in any case, there’s always the lyrics.

Cheers, and best of lucks with your newly released novel!


August 3rd, 2011 at 7:36 am
Tiffany Brazell

Fata Morgana by Imperia and The Grand Design by Edenbridge. 🙂

August 4th, 2011 at 1:18 am

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