Or at least, parts of one.
Welcome, dear readers, welcome.
When last I left, I asked for responses on sharing music from Opus playlist. I got responses back (not via the blog) that said it was something that I should do.
So, I guess I said one per post, which means I owe you * does some math * eight? Yeah, sure, let’s go with eight.
Most authors just slap a bunch of music together and listen to the 100+ song playlist on repeat while they write. I don’t, I can’t do that. Not sure why, but I have a different method.
For each work in progress, I have two playlists.
One is the playlist I call “schemes”. That includes the song I think best describes the book in its entirety, along with other music that reminds me of the book as a whole/idea as a whole. I listen to the “schemes” playlist when I’m plot scheming or whenever I want to think of the WIP.
The second playlist I fill with songs that I actually listen to while writing. Those songs rarely have words and are mostly composed of movie scores and trailer music. Occasionally it doesn’t, but most of the time it’s all songs without lyrics, used to set mood.
The songs that I listen to while writing are in order, the first one corresponds to the first scene, the second one to the second, ect. I tend to find the perfect song for a scene and listen to it on repeat until I finish the scene.
(As a side note, I also have playlists for each character, usually comprised of four or five songs that most remind me of that character or character pairing. The ones for Opus won’t be shared in their specificity until I know if I’m getting it published or not and how much I can reveal about the main characters)
So, after that exhausting chunk, I promised you 8 songs didn’t I?
Here are four (in no particular order) from the “Schemes” playlist:
- Russians by Sting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AF1Rofcf3k
This is the Sting song mentioned in my second post. You could say that this song was the reason that I took a deeper second look at the idea that became Opus.
- Elegy by Lisa Gerrard and Patrick Cassidy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4PqWjug1Jg
I actually listened to this song while writing a certain scene. But overall, it conveyed the softer, sadder side to Opus.
- Love Love by Take That: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSpzWY8chvk
Wow, this one was from the original idea for Opus. Like, the first first draft. Actually, now that I think about it, this song embodies so much of what Opus is. And about certain character in particular.
- Ready Aim Fire by Imagine Dragons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUFdlWK3edQ
This song probably sums up the whole of Opus and any sequels that will follow if it gets published. Yep…not quite sure what I can say, except that this song is probably my novel in song form.
Now for your other four. These are in an order, they are the backdrop for the first four scenes of Opus. Can’t provide any more detail than that, but this is the type of music I actually listen to while writing:
- Why Do We Fall? by Hans Zimmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5LaaFUiSFA
- The Mechanic by Brian Tyler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnnIixPK1B0
- So Cold by Ben Cocks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAbpEfKTMVw
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Alberto Iglesias: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQag98N4E_s (from 1:35 to 2:30 is the best part)
So that’s your first taste of what I listen to while writing/scheming.
And now, for the daily quote (15 points to those who know where it’s from):
“Don’t drive angry…don’t drive angry!”