Songs have always haunted me, especially the lyrics. Whether it’s the opening melody to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as I zoom through the forest toward the castle, or the heartbreaking soundtrack from Once, my brain slips into another realm where inspiration encircles me, swirling within reach.
Music’s powerful effect on me has led to interesting discoveries.
To get in the head of fifteen-year-old Calvin for my novel in progress, I’ve found some fantastic Linkin Park songs that take me into his fear and anger.
Or when I need to conjure wonder and images of mists, green hills, and Celtic seas, I’ll play Loreena McKennitt’s mystical pieces.
Music lifts my soul and wrings my heart. I can get addicted to sad song songs. Just like watching tear-jerker movies is nice sometimes, too much isn’t healthy.
But when a scintillating symphony of sound combines with a message that darkens my skies, I take a long time to recover. Call me sensitive, if you like.
I wrote a short story about a girl waiting for the ghost of her love to find her on the shores of a river, inspired by a high school choir song. I used a piece form the Donnie Darko soundtrack as the theme for the novel I’m writing.
What songs haunt you? Are they sending you a story to tell?