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THE I-COULDN'T-HELP-MYSELF STUFF
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I can't say I've
ever been inspired to actually write a story based on a song or
a piece of music, though there is often a song or a piece of
music that meshes with the story. I don't listen to music
while I'm actually physically writing for the same reason I
don't jog and read at the same time: I've only got so much
concentration, and one wrong move and you've got tire tracks up
the back of your sports bra.
But I absolutely listen to music constantly, and I do often
latch onto a particular artist or album and obsess over it while
I'm writing a story, for whatever reason--sometimes it's lyrics
that speak to a characterization, sometimes it's just an overall
mood that enhances the world in my head.
At any rate,
since some people are interested, the playlists for some of my
stuff are listed below. I'm not going to claim there's any
rhyme or reason to them--they are what they are. But I
certainly and wholeheartedly recommend the artists.
The End Begins by
Especially the first three tracks. They
just said 'Wil and Dallin' to me.
Bright Nights, Dark Days by
They're actually a little more pop than I
usually go for, but 'Crash' was just... apropos.
The Other Side by
Mostly because I never go anywhere
without my Godsmack. And this absurdly under-rated album
served to decompress many a time.
In Your Honor
Fighters Because... well, c'mon--Foo
Celtic Fiddle Festival
by Burke, Cunningham & LeMaitre
Because everyone in my head had British
accents or Irish brogues. And man, can these guys play.
Feels Like Home by
Raitt (WARNING: contains spoiler-ish
type nattering for Book Three) This song fits everything
about the end of the story. It's an older song, and has been
performed by several artists, but Bonnie Raitt's version is the
one I've always preferred. Unfortunately, the only place I've
ever found it is on the Soundtrack for the movie 'Michael',
though I also recommend the entire soundtrack, too.
Pretty much everything by
Because I swear they know someone exactly like Fen. And holy
shit--Lost in Paradise? Roses? Country Song, Master of Disaster,
FMLYHM, Going Under, Bring Me To Life. If you liked the books,
you can't not connect to some of these songs.
The Beautiful Letdown by
Actually, this selection is solely for the
track 'On Fire', which yeah, is a little cliché, but if you look
at it from Mal's POV, it's like it was made for it.
Rammstein Rec'd to me by a friend
when I was writing one of the major fight scenes, and sank into my soul like whoa.
I don't understand a word, but somehow, it doesn't seem
For the track 'Make You Feel My Love'. Because Malick
really does think he has all the answers.
Power of Two
Indigo Girls (From the album
Swamp Ophelia) Just because it's
sweet, fluffy and unassuming, and so is the story.
Morrison (From the album
have you read the story? Then there you go.