Wednesday, January 21, 2009

He writes the songs that make the whole world sing

I love music. I'm pretty eclectic when it comes to styles that I like. If it's good I'll listen to it.

When I'm writing I have to listen to music. There has to be some background noise going on or I can't concentrate. (You didn't miss the part about me being weird right? Okay.)

Over the course of the last year I have found myself creating soundtracks specific to the story I am telling. And today I would like to share a few of the songs that have helped to get my books finished.

For Raven (part of the Naughty Nooners Antho) this song was prominantly featured:

Mitch was built almost entirely on this song. I listened to Ben E King croon to me for hours on end while I assembled Mitch and Jarrod's story. (There is M/M intimacy in this video. If you do not care for it please don't watch. Thank you.)

(I would like to interrupt your regularly scheduled D.R. post to let you know that after posting the QaF video above I was required to spend an hour watching fan videos and crying because that is how I roll. I can NEVER watch just one Queer as Folk video. No, I have to watch a ton. And I always cry. And then I usually still end up watching a few episodes on top of that. I just LOVE that show. *sigh)

Okay, back to the soundtrackiness.

For To Hate and To Hold this song pretty much sums it up. If you decide to pick it up when it comes out next month, after you read it listen to this song again. You'll get it.

There are of course other books and other songs. But these were the most recent, and some of my favorites so I wanted to share them with you. Music makes the books go round...or something like that.

I think that, even if it's only subconciously, our characters and plots can reach another level if our writing environment matches the tone of what we are working on. Then again, I'm weird so maybe that's just me.

Dakota Rebel


  1. I totally agree. Music can enhance the tone because it enhances what we're feeling which translates to words.Excellent post D!


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