Let it be known: I love music. All kinds. Not just, you know, these kinds:
But when I write, I tend to narrow that down a bit. For starters, I can’t have music in the background with lyrics. It’s instrumentals all the way, baby. But that said, I MUST have music when I write.
Which brings me to Pandora Radio…
At the risk of sounding like an endorsement (which this isn’t!), I recently discovered I could select channels for my writing and it changed my writing world. Turns out you can tell Pandora Radio a song and it will build a whole channel/catalog around that artist!
I learned this a third of the way through my recent WIP and I was hooked. In all my years of writing, I had never before imagined a catalog of music to accompany my writing. Sure, oftentimes that meant hearing Danny Elfman’s wonderful Edward Scissorhands score five times in a single hour (the catalog can be somewhat small when you narrow your choice down too much) but I couldn’t complain. And I won’t lie: writing with background music that swells is, well, swell. Since writing can be, and often should be, a visual experience, having music that evokes a certain setting can only, in my experience, enhance the textures of a story.
Then it occurred to me: It was like making the perfect mix tape for my novel!
(I know many of you remember those days of carefully coordinating the perfect soundtrack of songs to commemorate our angst of choice of the moment. The break-up mix was my personal favorite; I might even have one or two still hanging around and I can guarantee you they all contain The Smiths, Meatloaf and Kate Bush. And yes, I would still listen to them, and yes, I would still bawl my eyes out as I called out the lyrics line-by-line.)
So tell me, friends…Have you ever thought of a novel you were reading or writing as having a soundtrack? And if it did, would it enhance your experience to listen to it?