I’m starting a new book and as I always do in the pre-writing stages, I create character profiles to figure out what makes my people tick, I sketch out a plot diagram and play with sticky notes on a plotting chart, and because I need music to write by, I create a playlist. So it was fresh in my mind today as I sat down to write my blog. Then Jillian wrote about music yesterday with characterization. So I thought I’d carry the theme today into mood. So to get us… you know, in the mood, I wanted to share my favorite mood song 🙂
I love that song!
And I love writing to music. I know a lot of people can’t, or don’t. The music, especially if it has words, is a distraction. But I began my writing career with a computer in the family room, next to the TV with a very loud and rambunctious three-year-old. Headphones were my defense 🙂 The louder the music, the better. And because I’m not overly auditory, singing never distracts me, it just becomes a part of the beat driving my fingers on the keyboard.
And I love the feeling music brings to different events. Songs create emotion, after all, and I’m always a sucker for emotion. Especially romance, right? There are a slew of ‘romance compilations’ out there, in almost every musical genre. Do you have favorite romance tunes?
Another thing I realized as I was creating this new playlist is that the most important events in my life tend to have a song associated with them.
Did you have, or do you know what song you’d use, for your wedding first dance? Mine was Keeper of the Stars (Tracy Byrd). A special song for your children? My oldest daughter’s song is Sweet Child of Mine (Guns N Roses), my youngest’s is Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden). The song I chose for my daughter’s graduation song was I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack). My dad and I even have a special song – Puff the Magic Dragon.
What about you? What are your special songs?