Friday, May 21, 2010
I listen to music while I write and it generally changes from piece to piece. For example a recent very short story I wrote had only Led Zeppelin as the background music as I wrote it, while the latest Saphir story had predominately Massive Attack and Goldfrapp as the theme music. In my mind it creates an ambiance that I hope will help give a different vibe to the story.
For novels as opposed to short stories I listen to more because its a longer work and there are a variety of emotions attached-lots of characters and situations. Heroes of the Fallen for example had a lot of Nightwish, Basil Poledouris, Hans Zimmer, Rammstein, Apocalyptica, Lacuna Coil, rocking epic stuff IMAO.
Bless the Child, an exiled Spartan first person POV tale set in the ancient Holy Land right before the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar has a more subdued theme-I listened to a lot of the same artists by perhaps more poignant scores-Last of the Mohicans, Das Boot, Sisters of Mercy and Sarah Brightman.
For my weird western Dance the Ghost with Me I mostly listen to Johnny Cash but I cannot stress the Highwaymen's-"Highwayman" enough. Great song. And then another tale that is well begun had an almost entire score (in my mind) by the techno-rocking of the Crystal Method-great pumping action tunes.
And finally for one of the latest things I am brainstorming, I am blending themes from favorite films with a genre that hasn't seen enough of a certain angle-at least not to my satisfaction.
What do all of you prefer to help inspire you? Silence, I'll bet for some but I like to let the muse dance when she is beside me.