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How does music inspire your writing?
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Music has been part of my life always. Most people can say the same, regardless of how seriously they seem to take its influence, and respect its forms. True music lovers aren’t just those who go to festivals or actually play in a band. They’re the ones who don’t judge genres based on cultural stereotypes. The people with catalogs that range all over the board. They might not be able to afford concert tickets or to hang out at venues in the evenings, but they know the lyrics to the songs inside and out. They sing in their cars and don’t age out of turning up the radio. Speaking of which, radio probably isn’t good enough, so they stream uninterrupted tunes.
I’d say I fall into this latter group. I’d like to have gone to a lot more concerts than I did when I was younger, but I never had the money, and the tickets were very expensive. Also, concerts aren’t really great places for young teen girls to hang out. Not every band is family oriented and there are all kinds of folks at the venues. It can make parents super nervous, especially when they don’t know your friends very well, that there will not be a chaperone, and what to expect. My parents went to a lot of concerts in the 1960s and 1970s, so they were quite familiar with the scene. They were more comfortable with my brother going than I, and that’s just the way things were, and remain in this man’s world. One day, things will get better if we address that, and young women won’t have to worry about who’s also going to events and will they be safe.
That aside, music has influenced a great deal of my writing. For each of my books there is a playlist that helped me focus in on the settings and topics. Listening to them assists a meditative state, in which imagining the characters, places, and things is more like a film on the back of the mind. Writing in that state makes the process like taking dictation. Sometimes I find it hard to keep up, as its all going quite fast (in real time).
Check out the lists I’ve built:
OP-DEC: Operation Deciet and OP-GHO: Operation Ghost Play List on YouTube
I‘ve also written on this topic here: Music & Writing: Guest post by K. Williams for #MusicTuesday
The playlists I’ve built aren’t on a whim, either. I don’t hear a hot new song and think how much that goes with my book in some convoluted reasoning to include it, when in reality I just like the song and it has nothing to do with the book. Maybe that’s about wanting some kind of ownership over the music because it touches us in that moment? Songs can certainly do that without having to be linked to a piece of writing or a seemingly important moment in life. Perhaps, we also search for an answer as to why the song touches us so deeply. Sometimes we just won’t know because it’s not that obvious. It could be the tones that remind us subconsciously of something (important or unimportant), which will be rather elusive to figure out.
The songs you’ll find on the lists are there because they fit moments in the books, scenes from the books, and/or characters. The songs might not be new, but sometimes they’re newer. For the historical pieces, they’re period appropriate. Having music from the time, or sounds like music of the time, is important to creating that spell to build the film inside one’s head.
Let’s see how the other authors use and are inspired by music…
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