I know. Real mature, huh? The thing is, I like it quiet when I write. I don’t write to music. I don’t make playlists to inspire me. I just sit in front of my laptop, preferably alone in the house, and let the voices in my head take over.
(Gosh, when I put it that way, it sounds kind of crazy …)
Not that I’m not inspired by music, because I am. If I hear a song I particularly like while driving in the car, it may tickle my thought processes into birthing a scene. And if I ever need to get into the proper mood for a love scene, I listen to Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
(Of course, that usually backfires when I drag TG off to bed.)
But since I’m a dedicated Deb—and desperate for material for this post—I decided to enlist the aid of my musical consultant (it helps to be married to a sound engineer) and make a playlist for In a Fix. Better late than never, right?
Linda’s Retroactive Playlist for In a Fix:
Boy George (Culture Club) – “Karma Chameleon”
David Bowie – “Changes” (You know … “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes …”)
Billy Joel – “Just the Way You Are”
Frank Sinatra – “I Get a Kick out of You” (Champagne reference.)
The Beach Boys – “Kokomo” (Bahamas reference.)
Eric Clapton – “I Got a Rock and Roll Heart” (One line in particular: “I get off on ’57 Chevys …”)
Elton John – “The Bitch is Back”
Frank Sinatra – “Come Fly with Me”
Counting Crows – “Catapult”
Styx – “Come Sail Away”
Obie Trice – “Sh*t Hits the Fan”
And the Star of the Playlist:
Horrible Histories – “Literally: The Viking Song”
Here, it’s on YouTube:
All these songs can be pretty directly related to In a Fix.
No, I can’t tell you how, precisely, because that would entail spoilers.
And spoilers are bad.
But maybe it’ll give you a hint about what to expect. Maybe a little of the flavor of the book. Hints and flavor are good.
Hmm … you know what? I rather enjoyed this little exercise. I may have to consider trying it again in the future. Maybe even before I finish a book. What a novel concept. Er, so to speak.
How about you guys? Does music inspire your writing? Do you make playlists to listen to while you’re writing?