I want to start things off with thanking Michael R. Fletcher for his guest-post last week! It was an honor having one of my favorite authors appear on my little blog and I hope I get to do similar things with other authors in the future.
So, for you that missed it (https://thereisnomuse.com/2015/11/25/michael-r-fletcher-guest-post/), Michael talked about music and writing in his post, and I will continue on the same subject today. A funny side note is that Iron Maiden will be mentioned by me as well.
Before I go any further, I have a confession to make: I almost exclusively listen to what is considered “epic” music. I have a playlist called EPIC/EMOTIONAL on Spotify, with just about 1100 songs (https://open.spotify.com/user/sadirsamir/playlist/1mjGNelark9CF7thITvNXU). You might think that this is weird, and I don’t blame you if you do. I often find myself thinking “what would people say if they knew what was playing in my headphones right now” while commuting on the train every day.
I have found that my imagination is deeply connected to this sort of music, and while I listen to it, my mind shuts everything else out. It’s like a portal that takes me straight to Al Alem (the world in my novel), and images begin to flash before my eyes. I have one track, that I can’t reveal unfortunately, that is the main theme for one of my characters. When I listened to it, everything fell into place. It was hearing that song, that I knew what destiny awaited this particular character.
I have mentioned this earlier, but one thing that I really love, is getting those goose bumps when experiencing something really awesome. The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a perfect example of this. Every time I watch the footage on my screen, the same result happens: excitement, happiness, and so on. The music in the trailer plays a HUGE part in achieving this feeling.
Very rarely, I can get affected by lyrics in a song. I remember a few years back (when I was on the train), listening to Iron Maiden, when the song “The Wicker Man” came on. During the duration of that track, a character was born in my head. This character plays a big part in my novel I’m writing today.
When I’m writing a specific scene, I try and find a song that fits that scene specifically. This can take some time to find, but when I do, it’s amazing. I make that track go on repeat until I finish the scene. A recent example of this is the song “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts” from the season 3 soundtrack for Game of Thrones.
If anyone is curious, I mostly listen to rock, metal or electric music when I find my brain too tired from thinking.
2 thoughts on “Music & Writing: Part 2”
“I have one track, that I can’t reveal unfortunately, that is the main theme for one of my characters.”
Exactly! For me, the track which I listened to most while writing Beyond Redemption was “Living to Die” off Hypocrisy’s 2005 album, Virus. That one track really set the tone and became the soundtrack for that book. Other tracks evoked the feelings for different characters. “Let the Knife do the Talking” (off that same album) was very much Stehlen’s song.
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I love it when that happens! I’m curious now and need to listen to “Living to Die” to see if I can make a connection to BR 😉 The reason I can’t tell what song I’m talking about, is that it would give away too much. I was really struggling with a big choice the character would have to make, but when I heard that particular song, I instantly knew the answer.