I blame movies.
We’re used to actions scenes with bombastic brass, tender scenes with violins singing in the background (or synthesizers, if you’re as old as I am), Bad Boy scenes with some kind of dropped bass and/or electric guitar.
All my scenes tend to have music. I don’t always listen to it when I’m writing or editing, but I almost always do it better when I have mad tunes playing.
(Warning: YouTube links abound. What, you didn’t think I’d mention music without giving you a chance to HEAR it, did you?)
The Sundered Playlist
The Sundered‘s playlist varied a lot, depending on the scene. Sometimes, it was moving, powerful, evocative and heroic (a la Two Steps From Hell: Heart of Courage). Sometimes, it was intimate and gentle, like That Dress Looks Nice On You, bu Sufjan Stevens or Lullaby by Assemblage 23. Sometimes I went for exotic and beautiful, like La neige au Sahara by Anggun (“Snow on the Sahara” – she has an English version, but she sings SO much better in her original language).
What about you? What kind of music do you like to listen to? Do you read to it, write to it, bathe to it, exercise to it? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to know.