Monday, April 29, 2013

Music 4 Le Muse

I have entitled so many cdr's with that phrase, I should get a patent or whatever.

#1--and I just have to get this off my chest, so bear with me--but I am so, so weary of Jessie Ware's Our Wildest Moments, I could literally spit bullets or nails or some other sharp, painful object which can be shot in bulk. Thing is, it's not even her fault. She's a beautiful young lady, easy on the eyes, and has a good voice. Plus she names Sade as her biggest influence, whom I love. Even so, VH-1 plays this video non-stop, like 2 times an hour, and if I didn't have a one year old toddling around, watching everything I do, I'd scream at the top of my lungs every time it splattered the tv screen.

Back to the subject at hand.

Music plays a BIG part in my writing process. So much so that I have a WIP (work in progress) folder, as well as a SIP (soundtrack in progress) for whatever current novel I'm working on (the finished ones have completed soundtracks--yeah baby!). Recently while discussing my published works with one of my beta readers, I confessed that Bad Company's Shooting Star will always make me think of Sebastian.

Yes, she looked at me for several seconds like I was crazy.

Then, she said, "I can't picture that. Sorry."

No biggie. Sometimes Le Muse grabs strange songs, makes 'em her own, and slaps 'em on a character or scene without rhyme or reason.

That said, here are the top five tunes currently flitting in and out Le Muse's playlist for the current WIP, Albion:

1. I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift.  Yes, it's Taylor.  Blond, bubblegum, and on your daughter's mp3 player.  But this song influenced an already-written masquerade scene which comes much, much later in the story.  No, I didn't write a choreographed dance, but came so close you would've read it and instantly thought of the Thriller scene in 13 Going on 30.

2. Fresh Pair of Eyes by Brooke Waggoner. One of my favorite songs from the Pretty Little Liars soundtrack, Brooke Waggoner's soft spoken ballad features a lot of humming and wind chimes, and it sets the mood for looking at someone with... well... a fresh pair of eyes.

3. An Ideal Marriage by John Lunn.  If you're a Downton Abbey addict like me, you'll recognize this one straightaway. The push and pull melody beckons that yearning part from all of us, speaking of flawed romance (who can't relate to that?) and wanting something or someone just within reach, but only just (that, too, right?). 

4. Baby, Let's Play House by Elvis Presley. This selection likely has something to do with the fact The Hubby and I saw ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) Donny Edwards last month, and he was AWESOME. Seriously. Guy looks just like Elvis Presley, not to mention he's got his mannerisms and dance moves down to a big capital T. All that aside, this song is fun and bubbly and makes me think of a hero attempting to pull a hardheaded heroine out of a rut. C'mon, girls. Who doesn't love a guy who'll do anything to make us smile?

5. Song Without End by The Chieftains (start @ 6:22).  Crazy thing about this song is The Chieftains only performed it for a One Life to Live show (yes, the soap opera; don't hate) back in the late 90's.  But that's when I saw this band for the first time and fell instantly in love.  So, why this one tune, which can only be found via YouTube and with a terrible picture and horrid sound, when The Chieftains have a gazillion other amazing hits?  Because it makes me think of a wedding day. And since my hero's Irish, and he might marry someone someday...

What's buzzin' on your iPod or stereo right now?  What song comes on the radio or flips around on your player and makes you think, "SCORE!"

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,


Andrew Leon said...

Music plays a big part for me in that I can't listen to it at all while I'm writing. It's very disturbing for me.

Alyssia Kirkhart said...

Funny you should say that, Andrew, because I'm the exact same way. I should've clarified: if I say I wrote a scene to a song, what I really mean is that I brainstormed a scene to a song. The actual writing process must occur in silence. My CP, on the other hand, can write to music all day long. I wish!!

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