Sunday, April 10, 2011

Favorite Song (Spring Fever Challenge Day 1)

Music plays a HUGE part in my writing repertoire. For each novel, certain songs, hymns, and/or compositions kick my muse into high gear. Each story requires different music, and by the end of the hero & heroine's journey (ie. the end of the novel), I have a complete soundtrack, ranging anywhere from 30 to 60 to (sometimes) 100+ tracks.

So, you can only imagine how difficult it is to pick just one song. One memorable track which crosses genres and novels and, therefore, can potentially end up on every single soundtrack I've ever compiled.

But since this is a challenge, and I sucked myself into being a good, faithful little blogger, I'll go with this one:

Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues

Surprised? Don't be. They're my favorite band of all time. Written in the mid-1960's by frontman Justin Hayward, Nights in White Satin landed on the Moody's memorable 1967 release and first concept album Days of Future Passed. What, you ask, is a concept album? It's a project unified by theme, whether lyrical, instrumental, narrative, and/or compositional. The Moody's used all four of these unique concepts--poetry, instrumental composition, rock music, wrapped up in a neat little package of one full day in a person's life--and created an album which, to this day, still gives me chills whenever I pop it in the stereo.

Nights in White Satin is the last track on the album, and is one of the many reasons I began putting words to paper. It gave me the sheer will to take all the stories I'd been carrying around in my head for, like, years and turn them into bona fide novels.

So, hats off to the Moody Blues! And especially to the timeless ballad which shall always remain in my top ten.

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,






P.S. Click the Nights in White Satin link to have a listen on Amazon.com.
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3 comments

BREA said...

I remember the first day I saw you...in the band hall...at band camp...on the floor with you guitar singing this song...

I was like..OMG I so totally have to befriend her! And I totally did =P

Lela said...

OMG! I love that song! And I dig Moody Blues, as well. I love it when smoeone reminds me of great music...I'm going to listen right now! :) Great blog, girl! I laughed at your sign-off because I always used to tell people "Peace, Love and Vegetable Rights!"

Alyssia said...

Oh my gosh, Bonn, I can't believe you still remember that! Unfortunately it was the only song I learned to play, except for "Linger" by The Cranberries. And thanks, Lee! I just felt like starting fresh, you know? And hey! Vegetable Rights is totally plausible! I love it! :)

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