Like a lot of writers I know, I tend to use music as a way to set mood in my head before I sit down and commit words to paper. It’s a way to flesh out characters. It’s a way to visualize scenes and capture a mood. Sometimes, I make the “soundtrack” of my book like it’s a movie about to be played for everyone else. When I start to lose my way, I pop in a track or twelve and I can refocus. Keeps me honest to my original vision, if you will.
Here’s the good news: I got Clayton’s song. Clay’s the hero of my next book. I’m going weird west, folks, and it’s . . . really weird. But I think it’ll work. There’s western elements, fantasy elements, and a l’il bit of steampunk. There’s cowboys, fairies, a tiger named Montague, and some kind of mechanical animal that I haven’t decided on yet, but I know he’s called Frederick. FREDERICK?!
Anyway, back to the song thing. This? Is Clayton:
Specifically because of the following lyrics:
One more cross I have to bear
Spend a little too much time down there
Wear my scars pink and proud
Still can’t say her name out loud
Ooh, I guess I lost my head
Ooh, let’s put this thing to bed.
(All lyrics belong to Thornley – I’m not that clever.)
This is not the first time a character had a theme song from the onset. Maggie from The Awesome? Yeah. This.
Come on Cherry, Cherry, you’re still very young
And we’ve only just started having fun
I’m picking through, and I choose you
You’re so cool,
No need to save yourself for someone else to come.
(Same deal – Dragonette this time. WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE MORE TALENTED THAN ME.)
So it’s a thing with me. I like to assign music to characters because it helps me connect with them. It also gives me something to smile about later on. A song comes on, I associate it with my work, and voila! Instant smiles. And I’m all about the instant smiles, yo.