the 'Saddest song you've ever heard' thread made me think of this. When I wrote my high fantasy novel, I listened almost exclusively to fantasy sound tracks - primarily lord of the rings. For fight scenes I would switch to a bit of power metal. "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin gave inspired me to write about Orcs in my world. I come from the land of ice and snow. A sci-fi short I wrote recently was created while I listened to Twisted Sister. When writing I almost always have music going (not during editing, though). For some reason my minds eye can focus a lot better, I also pick tunes based on the subject matter I'm writing. Ghetto beats for criminals, epic metal for epic battles, southern gothic when working up a dark character or torture. Has a song ever inspired you? Do you use music to help get the brain-sparks flying? Right now I'm listening to Ornaments of Gold by Orphaned Land. Conjures images of an army marching to battle, not sure why; it's mostly chanting, and the rest is spoken in Hebrew (I think).