It’s always sort of fascinated me, this connection between music and writing. You hear other writers talking about it all the time and I was never really one of them. I can’t listen to anything with WORDS while I’m writing or I won’t actually get any writing done. Susan always has a playlist for her books and gets her ideas from the lyrics of songs. I’ve been feeding her Breaking Benjamin and Nickelback addiction for years now. But mostly I sat on the sidelines and didn’t use music in my writing.
Except for film scores. Because film scores are…well, not the heart of a movie, but they are, perhaps, the soul. The music underlying each scene totally gives the tone. The mood. And THAT is where music becomes a valuable tool for me. I usually know the MOOD a scene needs to take, and then I make playlists of songs from scores that fit that mood. It helps me get in the right frame of mind. I don’t know why I got OUT of it in the first place except that I am often writing around others and can’t really listen to music. But I did get out of it. And then…
I am just gonna call her out right here and say that Claire Legrand is a BAD INFLUENCE. Why? Because my huggle buddy, soul sister is as big a movie score addict as I am and she has marvelous taste.
See, I had the addiction under control. I hadn’t bought a movie score (or indeed, any album) in several years. I’m all about the Pandora and Accuradio. But along comes Claire and totally reignites my passion for movie scores. We share a mutual fan-girl love of Hans Zimmer, along with many others. And then we started making suggestions and “Have you heard this one?” And there were several I hadn’t, and THEN I had to go BUY them and….well she’s been responsible for my picking up at least five more albums in the last six months.
This morning it’s the score to Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi, which she recommends in her post today. I didn’t care for the HBO series (too much gratuitous nudity) and I haven’t read the books because I’m not a huge fantasy person, but the music, the music is AWESOME. It is, as she states in her post, redolent of the theme for Rohan from The Two Towers score by Howard Shore. It’s EPIC and by God I need a HORSE to ride off into battle on! I swear, if Elodie winds up with some kind of medieval weapon as she’s hunting the bad guy today, I cannot be held responsible. It’s ALL CLAIRE’S FAULT!
Are you a music while writing kinda person?