Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up with a head-banging older brother who cranked up AC/DC and KISS every night, and a mother who loved Frank Sinatra, big bands, and splashy MGM musicals. When I was a fourth-grader, I started playing flute in my school band, and I began singing in the choir at an even younger age. Music followed me into my adult years. My husband, Keith, is an accomplished musician who writes about music, teaches, creates, and plays on a daily basis. Our house is always filled with the sounds of guitar, piano, drums, or someone’s iPod playing a favorite tune. My twin boys, now seventeen, have even introduced me to new musical trends like dubstep. I can’t imagine my life without music.
As a writer, I find this to be doubly true. Quite often when I’m writing, I play music in the background to set the mood of a piece or to somehow inspire me if I’m feeling blocked. While writing my novel MERLYN’S RAVEN, iTunes looped the artist Loreena McKennitt over and over again. Her music invoked just the right atmosphere of magic, love, and the ancient world to help me capture those images in the story. Here is one of my most favorite of her songs, in case you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing her music.
As I work on my newest writing project, I find that I’ve been listening quite often to Sully Erna’s AVALON record. My newest work delves back into my love of the Arthurian world, but it has a modern spin, and his music seems to be the perfect fit for the energy of the story. Here’s a cool sample of that. I’m so glad a friend of mine introduced me to his music.
You can probably tell from these music samples that I write fantasy. But what about the romance part? That’s what Soul Mate is all about, right? Well, I’ve written love scenes with all kinds of music playing as inspiration. Some I can think of right off the bat:
Def Leppard’s POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME
Amy Winehouse’s YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD
Pink’s GLITTER IN THE AIR
For some, these might not exactly be love songs, but for me, they fit the flavor of each scene and truly added something to the writing that might not have been there had I written in silence.
So, what about you? What are some of your favorite pieces of music when you’re writing? Please feel free to share them in the comments below. I’m always looking for new, exciting stuff to help inspire my work!
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