It would be hard to write a blog about how important music is to me without having music playing.
I'm pretty sure we've touched on my love of music and how I use music when I'm writing.
As it happens, 'Blaze of Glory' holds the key to many memories, all of them good. It's not a song I listen to when I'm writing, maybe we'll get there. Maybe the last Byte novel will be suited to Blaze of Glory. Who knows?
Not me at this point.
What started this thought train was hearing 'Another One Bites the Dust' on the radio when I woke up. What's so special about that song?
It's a CPR song.
Think about the song for a second. Now consider that when you're performing CPR you aim for about 100 beats per minute - and the song works.
You could also use "Staying Alive' ... but my brain goes dark (or maybe it's a more realistic place it goes to), and 'Another One Bites the Dust' works for me.
Because it works for me, it found its way into my writing (a few times, I think) off the top of my head Soundbyte has a scene where Kurt is performing CPR and Ellie hears the song then realizes he's humming.
Little known Cat Fact: I successfully resuscitated two of my children (as babies) with CPR more times than I care to remember.
Everything in my memory bank has a song attached.
Every time I hear 'Raindrops keep falling on my head' I think of going on holiday as really little kid, and mum singing along with the radio.
My Chemical Romance's 'Teenagers' reminds me of daughter #3 (Jojo) coming up from Christchurch for one of my earlier book launches.
'My Sharona' takes me back to a Knack concert in my teen years.
Nickleback's 'How You remind me' - always makes me think of daughter #1 Bex.
Aqua's 'Barbie Girl' ... conjures images of my youngest son, Josh, as a little boy. (Pretty sure Bex just laughed reading that!)
Music is powerful. It can take you to another time, it can heal, it can move you in a good way and in a bad way. There is music that makes me instantly angry (techno) I don't know what it is about it, but it pushes all my buttons super quick and I cannot be around it. :)
Every chapter in every Byte novel is a song because music is powerful.
It's a song that works for the chapter, and more often than not, it's also the song I listened to as I wrote it. (Sometimes the song was on repeat until I got the chapter/scene/whatever finished I'm sure that's not ideal for my neighbors.)
Always makes me laugh when someone asks if I have a favorite song. I have hundreds.
Work music (as you know) is predominately Bon Jovi. That's especially true if I'm tired. I'll put Bounce on and that energizes me. As I settle into writing my music can change. Usually, that happens because a song pops into my head and I'll need to go find it and listen to it. I learned a long time ago that those songs are important.
Seems like I should leave you with a song, this is from Psychobyte (chapter 9):