Music to my Words
Do you ever reach that cold moment when words fail to leak from your cognitive-schematics? You know – the point when you’re sitting at your desk, a bed, or sometimes the harsh un-hoovered layer of carpet that needs a wash, and the birds are singing outside without a soul to disturb you, and you’re about to write a scene of your novel that has to be written. You can picture it, and you know where your characters are taking you . . . but, for reasons that only the cosmos can answer, the words-just-aren’t-coming![Sigh]
I often have a patch like that.
I can go for periods of word-bashing like a possessed ink pen, and then as if life decides to take a break, I halt. I stare at the screen, replaying the scene in my head, but I can’t do it. Believe me, it bugs the Beelzebub out of me, and can drive me insane if I move into Day 2 of non-word-bashing.
All is not lost.
By taking a moment to understand how that scene would have been played if (by chance) it made to the big screen as a major international blockbuster, then I can align the scene with a music theme/genre. And that’s when the fun begins. If you have tracks/albums in your possession that fit to the mood – play it.
Music can be a huge form of inspiration to take you to that faraway castle, the battlefield filled with corpses, the space station crippled by a dog that bit through the core-reactor-thingy-majig, or the hero riding on the back of a horses into a confrontation where blood will be spilt.
Damn – Yes. No matter how calm or powerful, a well decided tune can fuel the cognitive-schematics.
Some of my fave are listed below.
(All are available on iTunes)
Do you have any?
Fantasy – with a sweeping orchestra
Rise Above – Veigar Margeirsson (Album)
Fantasy – mixture of drama and confrontation
Reign of Vengeance – Future World Music (Album) ***
Gears of War 3 – Steve Jablonsky (Album)
Armoured Prayer – Steve Jablonsky (Track from Gears of War 2) ***
Sci-Fi – War – Emotion – KickAss
Tron: Legacy – Daft Punk (Album) ***
Transformers Dark of the Moon – Steve Jablonsky (Album)
Lost the Final Season – Michael Giacchino (Album)
Game of Thrones Season 2 – Ramin Djawadi (Album)
Statues – Alexandre Desplat (Track from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) ***
The Resurrection Stone – Alexandre Desplat (Track from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) ***
District 9 – Clinton Shorter (Album)
Avatar – James Horner (Album)
Central Park – King Kong Movie Soundtrack ***
Butterfly Effect – Movie Soundtrack
*** Recommended listens