I have always had to have music to listen to as I write. Even when I was working on the Scottish epic, I listened to bagpipes and celtic music. As I started to develop Broken, music became very important, because the hero is afterall the lead singer of a rock band. I think I spent just as much time searching for the right songs and creating a playlist ( that’s a mile long) for my hero and his heroine, as I did writing the story. I have songs like the Foo Fighter’s “Pretender” and 3 Doors Down’s “Not My Time” that I see the hero singing on stage. Then I have background music, like The Smith’s “How Soon is Now” for when the heroine first sees the hero. And I have the love song, actually two. One has all the lyrics that capture how I think my two characters feel about one another. It’s forbidden love that is so powerful and Garabage’s “#1 Crush” just echoes that feel so well. Their other love song, well of course it’s Sarah Mclachlan’s “Angel”.
Now I am working on this new YA story and all I listen to is the Kings of Leon. Their new album “Only by the Night” is so haunting and absolutely perfect for the action of the story. In fact the first song that really fit into the story is “Crawl”. I don’t want to spoil, but that song just reminds me of animals crawling and the heroine having to …well that’s spoiling.
So I’m wondering who else must have a playlist? Who else has muses that demand background music for everything little thing s/he does? And what’s thier theme song?
Here are my muses’ theme songs :
Caleb (from Broken) – Foo Fighter’s Pretender
Sarah (from Broken) – Seether’s Rise Above This
Kale (from Redd) – Kings of Leon’s Crawl
Heaven/Redd (from Redd) – Fiona Apple’s Criminal
Leath (from Haunted) – 3 Doors Down’s When I’m Gone
Caitlyn (from Haunted) – Cake’s Short Skirt and a Long Jacket then later Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life