A while ago, I blogged (http://bit.ly/jgqrpA) about how making dialogue count gives the reader an indelible memory about books or movies they like. The same can be said about movie theme songs, and even whole soundtracks.
I know writers who take careful time to make play lists for their WIPs to inspire their writing processes. The music sets the mood and tone for the scenes they write. They don’t use the same songs for each book because each book is different. Go to any number of author websites and they might have posted the play list used for a book. It can be a very useful way to immerse yourself in your book quickly and effectively.
Do you remember THE BIG CHILL? Released in 1983, it told the story of seven friends from college who attend the funeral of a mutual friend from the same college (Trivia: Flashback scenes with Kevin Costner as the dead friend were filmed, but cut. He is still visible as the body being dressed at the beginning of the film). The characters take the weekend to catch up and reconnect. Here is one of my favorites from the soundtrack. http://bit.ly/9cBpiI
The soundtrack was fabulous and instantly transported the audience back to the 60’s. “A Natural Woman,” “Good Lovin’,” “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Joy to the World,” all were perfectly matched to the tone and memory of the movie. And that’s just a few songs from the soundtrack.
How about JAWS? Do you even want to get in a swimming pool when you hear Duh Duh, Duh Duh, Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh? http://bit.ly/oaIRL Do you look in the deep end just in case? 🙂
The theme song “The Way We Were” in the movie of the same name tore at my heartstrings. The lyrics told of love discovered and then lost. Two people who weren’t right for each other, but loved nonetheless. The lyrics and melody were haunting. http://bit.ly/ijm0rJ
I tried using music in my writing once. One of my favorite soundtracks is from LAST OF THE MOHICANS. The strings portray both a sense of urgency and power. The main theme song is here. http://bit.ly/9Ulmx0 I sat down at my computer, prepared my mind for what I wanted to write that day, and turned on the music.
And I sat there thinking about the movie, Daniel Day Lewis (yum), Madeline Stowe, her dumb, tragic little sister, and the sweet guy (Uncas) who died for her. Yeah, it didn’t much work for me. All I wanted to do was re-watch the movie!
Do you listen to music while writing? Is it the radio or your personal favorites? Does what you listen to depend on what your scene is that day? Please share your thoughts on using music in your writing process.