No, not the song you wish would start playing when you walk into a room. ...though that would be pretty cool. I'm talking about music for writing, songs played while working or before working, all that kind of thing.
I've developed this habit of finding a CD (yes, I still get my music in old-fashioned physical form) that suits the book I'm working on and listening to that every time I sit down to write said book. For THE ACCIDENTAL WARLOCK, it was U2's "No Line on the Horizon"; I don't really know how to explain it, but somehow, it fit. I also edited the entire thing to the double-CD 20th Anniversary edition of "The Joshua Tree", so now I know both those albums pretty much by heart.
All of TAW is from Shiloh's perspective, but if I ever get to write the sequel, some of it will be from Alexi's POV. I've realized that, when that time comes, I'll have to write Alexi's scenes while listening to U2's "Achtung Baby", as it's better-suited to her.
Also because Alexi does in fact move in mysterious ways.
While writing to music is nothing new, I've also gotten into the habit of finding a song to listen to before I start, sort of mentally preparing me to get back to work on the story. Finding this isn't always easy; feeling out how a book is going to be is difficult enough, so figuring out what song suits it before it's even written seems kind of ridiculous. But I found one for TAW: "My Eyes" from "Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog". The whole thing is this awesome duet of duality, and duality is a big issue in TAW, as the main character learns to deal with two very different kinds of power.
I'm still in the plotting process for two different novels, though I haven't yet given a lot of thought to what to listen to while writing them. I feel like it's the kind of thing I won't really know until it's time to start writing. Here's hoping I actually figure it out by then. O_o
So: am I the only one who does this? Do y'all work in total silence, have playlists or other music set at random, or do you just need a certain amount of background noise? I've heard some people say they prefer film soundtracks, and while I can say that the extended soundtrack to the first "Hobbit" movie has done me very well for plotting, I don't know if it'll do as well for writing. So what does everyone else out there listen to while writing?