The ability to write is somehow connected to listening to music. It’s always been that way for me. My first books were written to classical music. Don’t they say listening to Mozart increases a person’s IQ by several points? I’m not sure listening to symphonies made me any smarter, but it did free up the log jam of daily worries, bills to pay, phone calls needing to be returned and mental lists of things to remember to pick up next time I go to Wal-Mart. Somehow the rhythm creates the flow, and with the flow come the words.
Later I branched out from my 2 classical CDs. I still needed music without lyrics to avoid being distracted, but I started listening to a lot of movie soundtracks. CARVED IN STONE came to life while I played the soundtrack to Phantom of the Opera on continuous repeat. For FLESH AND STONE, I alternated between Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. Weird combo, I know. My latest (not yet released) LEGACY OF STONE was written to the haunting tones of the Lord of the Rings CD.
All this time, I’ve been writing to music with few or no lyrics. So why is this latest story, working title THE UNICORN MAIDEN, breaking the pattern? I have no idea. All I know is I can’t get a word down without Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” playing in the background.
It strange how each book has its own personality, and somehow the music has to match that personality. Like I said…there is a connection.
So I wonder what I’ll use for inspirational white noise when I tackle that big, dark thriller I have in mind this summer? Hmm. I wonder if there’s a soundtrack for PSYCHO!
Happy reading, writing or whatever you’re doing this Wednesday.