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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Music as your muse?

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How many times have you heard a song on the radio and instantly played a scene out in your head or gotten an idea for a manuscript? Ok, you can stop jumping up and down and put your hand down if this happens to you.

I do this all the time. Most of my scenes are related to music of some sort. I think in most part because I have music on at all times of the day. I cannot survive without it. I think I am one of those people who’s considered afraid of silence. No, it is not the silence that frightens me. It’s all the thoughts that scream out and sound like a bunch of people talking at one time. (No matter how annoying, I do love them all.)

Music helps me focus on one or two of those voices at a time so that everyone gets their turn in the spotlight. Some of my more dark, sinister muses have to be put on the back burner a little longer because they can take my whole mood to a place that I don’t want to be unless I have time to be there to develop the story or release the characters for play time.

Music is my binding agent. No matter where I am in any of my stories (and I have too many going on for my own good), I can always remember where I was and what I was feeling by the music that I was listening to for that scene. When I play the song it is like a mini movie playing in my mind and it all floods back to me again and my AH HA moment kicks in.

Skye Sweetnam has a song called “Music is my Boyfriend”. Some days that is my theme song I guess if I were to have one.

So tell me fellow bloggers…does music inspire you?

Help you differentiate your scenes?

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
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PK Hrezo said...

I did a similar post today. :) I love original score soundtracks. My theme song would have to be Staying Alive. Lol also Fortunate One by CCR

M.L. Mansfield said...

I used music for two of my chapters in my ms. One was a song by The Killers and another one was inspired by The Airborne Toxic Event. As far as a theme song.... gosh. I would have to say a song that collaborated the talents of Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga, and Sublime. I'm loud and flamboyant, I don't care what people think but completely easy going.

Carla said...

I never used to be inspired by music, but it's starting to more and more and I recently wrote a post about how some songs are just stories with holes waiting to be filled in. My current WIP is a short story inspired by a song by Breaking Benjamin. I've always equated music with different stages/times of my life that relate to my emotional and physical state at that time; so I don't think I have just one theme song, but a soundtrack in general. Great post!

Kathryn said...

Oh definitely - music is my number one muse. Sometimes I'll write according to what I'm drawn to at the second, other times, I'll seek out a sound that might be something a character would enjoy at that moment... it always works!

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