Does hearing song on the radio take you back to certain events? Bring to mind people or places? Inspire flashbacks of big hair and shoulder pads (oh wait, maybe that’s just me)? Do you listen to a certain song and it takes you back to specific experiences? Pink Floyds “MONEY” makes my teeth ache. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love the song! But I always listened to DARK SIDE OF THE MOON at the dentist’s office and it’s ruined it for me.
So what about music and stories? Do any songs remind you of stories you’ve read? Bring to mind characters that were so real they stuck with you for years? Or if you write, do you associate any of your books with music? A year or so ago, I discovered music was key to keeping me in the story I’m writing. At the time, I’d pick a CD and play it –over and over and over- until it basically became white noise while I wrote. Then whenever I played it, my fingers itched to write! A total Pavlov-like response, but it really helped when I had to do revisions. Pop that music in and I was right back in the story.
Then my awesome hubby got me an iPod. Oh the joy of playlists!!! I can pull from ALL my CD’s to create a personalized soundtrack to my story (okay, so this technology has been around for awhile –but its new to ME). GREAT fun, and again, it is like plugging into my Muse. Push play, write. And for those stalled moments (hours, whatever) at least its good tunes while I stare at the screen.
So... my question to you for wondering Wednesday – what do you listen to when you write? When you read? What are your fave romance tunes?