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Writing meme day 7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

It depends. Most frequently, I have Radio 4 on, which is talk radio, mainly for the company. (I'm surprisingly good at ignoring it.) If it is being intrusive, or annoying, I'll sometimes put on music. I find the latter needs to be either predominantly instrumental or in a language I don't speak, or I find it distracting (and even when I'm listening to Finnish folk, or Hindi film music, I still stop to replay tracks, which is bad for my writing rhythm). Music in English or French can be very off-putting, as I end up listening, singing along, hunting for things it reminds me of and so forth.
Having said which, I do have cue tracks and albums for particular characters. Gracielis' song has always been Alice Cooper, 'Poison', and, despite its subject matter, Valdarrien's is Kate Bush, 'This Woman's Work' (it's the lines 'I know you have a little life in you yet/I know you have a little strength left'). The cue song for my unpublished Gaheris series of novellas is 'The Weapon,' Rush. The very first images for what became Grass King are hooked in my head by the Enya track 'Teahouse Moon', though if Jehan and Aude have a theme, it's 'Wish You Were Here' -- not the Pink Floyd album, but the song by L. Teijo, which has been recorded by various people, though the version I have in mind is that by Blackmore's Night. Drowning Kings so far doesn't have a soundtrack. If it ever does, it's likely to be something by Malicorne or Gabriel Yacoub, I think, as they have the right feel.

Skirt of the day: gold silk wrap.


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Jul. 26th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
How can you be distracted by lyrics, but not by Radio 4? This Makes No Sense To Me (a phrase I wield like a weapon at the world, ever since my French teacher scolded me roundly for saying "This doesn't make sense!").
Jul. 27th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
It doesn't make sense to me, either, except that I am more triggered by music than speech. And sometimes, if someone says something particularly stupid on the radio, I get distracted by the need to be rude to them. Or to change channels/fetch a cd -- I can't listen to anything about universities, for instance, and right now some Americans banging on about Lockerbie are causing me to yell 'national sovereignty' at regular intervals.
Jul. 27th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
I am just able to listen to music very quietly these last few years. Otherwise I have needed absolute silence, as I did when studying. I can now listen to some Enya, and I love Within Temptation and Evanescence.

Occasionally some music means something to the novel, like Poison by Alice Cooper was just so much the last book, Between Darkness and Light. :) Shades of Gray, though, didn't have a song. So Kusac and Gracielis share Poison, do they? Yes, that fits them both well. :D

I can't take talking, though.

Wish You Were Here, Within Temptation have done one called that, and I love it. :) One piece of music I love is that from Inu Yashi - Awakening Love. So beautiful. Wish the series wasn't so long as I don't have the patience to sit through it all.
Jul. 27th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
I can see that link between Kusac and Gracielis.
Ah, Inu-Yasha. I love that series, though I tend to read it in the manga, rather than watching the show.
We love Evanescence too, but haven't come across Within Temptation. I must look them up.
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