Don’t you wish you could have a soundtrack while reading your book? I do. I love LOVE when authors add playlists to the back of their books and label them with which scenes they go to.
Because music is power. Music is a beautiful thing that magnifies what you’re feeling twenty times. So when you’re reading that emotional scene, and you play that song that goes with said scene, it’s almost like watching a movie. Actually, better. Cuz books really get into the deep stuff. They get into the nitty gritty where you know what the character is actually thinking, and you can actually smell the spices and you can feel his arm brushing against yours as you’re getting ready to dive to your possible death.
Music. I can’t tell you how many scenes in my books were inspired by music. A song comes on the radio, possibly one I’ve heard a dozen times, and then the characters appear and something happens and I have to write it down RIGHT NOW. Those usually end up being the best scenes, imo. Then, when I actually sit down to write that scene, I’ll put the song on repeat, sometimes listening to it 20-50 times, depending on how long the scene is. One song comes to mind— “Sail” by Awol Nation. I don’t really care for the actual song or the lyrics, but I just love the music at the beginning. It’s odd and fit perfect for a fighting scene I had in one of my books. I found a version on youtube that ONLY played that music over and over again for like an hour. It was bliss.
What I REALLY love is when a character is musical and loves music as much as I do. An example of this is America from The Selection. (Review coming this Friday!!) I admire her love for music, and how, even when she was in the palace, she found herself drawn to music, so it wasn’t just her job back when she was home, it was her actual passion.
I wish I were musical. I took guitar lessons for years, and even though I know a few songs and chords, I just don’t have the talent for rhythm, or the voice to sing. Luckily I married a musician, so I get to fangirl all over him while he sings and plays guitar. 😉
What about you? Do you like to listen to music while you read/write?