For as long as I can remember my dad has been breaking out the air guitar and embarrassing the crap out of me. Not really, he’s actually pretty skilled when it comes to plucking imaginary strings. A teen of the 70s, he’s a big time rock music enthusiast. Both my parents are. My house has always been rife with the sound of Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, T-Rex and Joni Mitchell.
I love music. Always have. Bit of trivia for you: I’m vocally trained and my party trick is belting out Black Velvet on the Karaoke…anyway, where was I? Music; one of my favorite sources of inspiration.
So, my first real, independent from my parents, affair with music happened when I was 14 and my boyfriend introduced me to the head-thrashing-black-lipstick-wearing world of Maggot rock. The first CD I ever bought was Korn’s Follow the Leader and I listened to it until the rainbow-shiny surface rubbed clean away. Issue strewn lyrics, man, they’re some of the best. I embraced maggot rock for a good six years of my life (totally wore black and got piercings, too). I absolutely loved the heartbreak and raw emotion in every song. I also quite liked the fact that these guys could swear to a beat 😉
Some songs improve my vocabulary and expand my imagination. Queen, Alanis Morissette, Eminem, David Bowie, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and Regina Spektor are some of my best world building buddies.
Some songs help me set the mood. Christina Perri, Bon Iver, Ben Howard, Eva Cassidy, Evanescence, Paolo Nutini and A Fine Frenzy helped me write the kissing scenes in In Stone. Another sliver of trivia: I used to be notoriously bad at writing kissing scenes until it hit home that people weren’t actually judging my kissing technique on the way my characters kiss 😉
Some songs help me increase the pace of a scene. Girl in a Coma, Korn, Paramore, Mad Marge and the Stonecutters, The Courtneers, Muse, Suzi Quatro and the Arctic Monkeys. These guys are like my kick-ass soundtrack for when scenes get ragey…
Bach, Andrea Bocelli, Coldplay, Editors, Jimmy Eat World, Mumford & Sons, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Snow Patrol… these guys help me slow the pace….right….downnn.
Eclectic mix, right? These are just a few of the guys and girls that get my creative juices flowing. The more I think about this post the more I’m conflicted as to whether it’s lyrics or rhythm that inspire me more. I think both.
So, have you listened to anything lately that just made you want to write?