{31 Days of Playlists} Day 9…A Quiet Place (Music For Reading & Writing)


If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

~Toni Morrison

When I curl up with a good book, or sit down with my journal or laptop to dash off a few lines, I most always listen to music while doing so.  And while my daily playlist usually includes my favorite acoustic/folk/indie tunes, (that playlist will most definitely be on deck soon), when writing or reading, I usually want wordless, peaceful music.  Hence, a quiet place playlist.

The first song I gravitated to for this set was ‘Dawn’ from the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack.  I think it may be one of the most perfect pieces of music for tranquility and peace.   I’ve also included a smattering of styles and genres, including folkie Sufjan Stevens, and the serene melodies of Windham Hill.

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31 Days of Playlists – Music For Reading & Writing


  1. Dawn – Pride & Prejudice
  2. The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe – Yo-Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone
  3. Claire de Lune – Debussy
  4. Postcard From Far Away – Coldplay
  5. The Bricklayer’s Beautiful Daughter – Windham Hill
  6. Prelude from Cello Suite #1 (Bach Variations) – Alex DeGrassi
  7. Hallelujah (Tribute to Jeff Buckley) – Vitamin String Quartet
  8.  With Or Without You – 2 Cellos
  9. The Secret Life of Daydreams – Dario Marianelli (Pride & Prejudice)
  10. Comptine D’un Autre:  L’Apres Midi – Yann Tiersen (Amelie)
  11.  Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) – Sufjan Stevens
  12. Arrival of the Bird – The Cinematic Orchestra
  13. The Piano – Michael Nyman
  14.  Dolphins – Mike Marshall & Darol Anger (Windham Hill: A Quiet Revolution)
  15. Flowers of Edinburgh – Pete Huttlinger (Appalachian Picking Society)


What is some of your favorite music for creating a quiet & peaceful space?

4 comments on “{31 Days of Playlists} Day 9…A Quiet Place (Music For Reading & Writing)

    1. So glad you liked the playlist Susie! And thanks for the pandora radio tip! (I’m always looking for good stations).

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! (I knew a kindred spirit would like ‘Dawn’ 🙂 Were you saying the playlist isn’t quiet, or your house isn’t quiet? 🙂 I’m loving your series too – reading everyday! 🙂

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