I just realized how long it's been since I posted any writing music! Perfect timing, because this gives me a chance to share one of my absolute favorite pieces and tell you what I'm currently reading.
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is the first book I've read by Diana Wynne Jones, and I absolutely LOVE it. I love the fresh, whimsical storytelling, and I so identify with Sophie, the main character, as I am also the eldest of three (which happens to be a kind of curse in the story!) and wouldn't mind setting off on a grand adventure.
Since Sophie is 17, I think the book is technically YA, but at times there's this sweet MG feel to it that I adore. A fairy tale-esque fantasy is always right up my alley! I HIGHLY recommend this.
As for the movie, I first saw it years ago and didn't like it all that much (I prefer Spirited Away), but it's grown on me... mostly because of the awesome music.
I've mentioned Joe Hisaishi before and I think his work is just brilliant. Listen to his Okuribito or Hana-Bi scores, or just look up "Eminence Symphony Orchestra" on Youtube. This waltz he wrote for HOWL is a mainstay on my writing playlist. (Some of you might remember it from the playlist/iPod I used to have up on my blog!)