I don't often listen to music when I write. My writing time is usually first thing at the butt crack of dawn or when everyone else is out for the day. When I'm deeply entrenched in a WIP though, I create a playlist, something to keep me in the mood of my story when I'm walking or driving or doing more mundane chores.
I'll give you a few examples. For my first Laundry Hag book, the theme song was Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al. I love the duality of that song, the peppy upbeat tempo and the darker questions and images in the lyrics. The video with Chevy Chase is absolutely priceless too. I'd add it here, but I'm already getting off topic.
For Redeeming Characters, I had to search for a bit to discover the heart of that book. And when I say a bit, that's like calling the Nile River a stream of dog pee. After a few false prophets I finally really listened to the lyrics for Matthew Sweet's Sick of Myself.
Here are the lines that caught my breath, then made me shriek, and this is a direct quote, "Nailed it, you bastard!"
Off 100% Fun album by Matthew Sweet
...the choice to leave you
I'll throw away a chance at greatness, just to make this
dream come in to play.
I don't know if I'll find a way
'Cause I'm sick of myself when I look at you
something is beautiful and true
That was the best day and the song will forever bring a smile to my face. Incidentally on the very same album is the theme song for Cosmic Balance, the second book in my Stellerverse series, We're The Same. As soon as I finish my current Lusha projects, that one will be played to death.
So, now I want to hear from you, writers and readers alike. What are your favorite songs and why? Best answer wins a $15.00 iTunes giftcard. And since this is a stop on my Redeeming Characters Blog Tour I'll let you know right now that if you check out http://www.jenniferlhart.com/ you can also enter to win the grand prize, a $50.00 Amazon.com giftcard!