My Playlist for Writing Eternal Mercury

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So many of us with the writing bug find major inspiration in music. Just a few words or notes can magically sweep you away to amazing places in your imagination. Just think—each song is created by something so personal to the artist, yet all of us can relate to it as if it were about our very own lives. Here’s how writing and music work for me. It usually starts with a particular scene, like a movie playing in my head, and if it’s a really emotional part, oftentimes a song will accompany it. Once in a while, it will happen the other way—a song will create the scene. Either way, it’s actually really helpful because it gives me another dimension to delve into, helping me pull that idea onto paper so that you can feel it the way I do.
Music was so much a part of writing Eternal Mercury that I mention particular songs. I even went so far as to use the characters’ music preferences to develop their personalities and to show how different they are from one another.
So, here are the songs that I listened to over and over (and over) again while writing this book.
It’s set here where I live and if I even think about taking a drive up the mountain, I hear Daughtry’s “Home.” I can see Chelsee and Max on that beautiful drive together, just listening to the music and enjoying the moment.
Probably the song that spoke to me the most was, “Last Kiss.” I have no idea why, but it’s the original by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, not the remake by Pearl Jam.
“My Immortal” by Evanescence inspired the funeral scene. The song is beautiful and it captures Chelsee’s emotion exactly.
Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” is the best guitar duet of all time and I felt like it showed Blake’s respect for Max.
If Eternal Mercury were made into a movie, I think “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin should start up just as the movie fades out. It is so Blake.
“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC made an appearance because it’s a fun rock anthem and I love electric guitar.
Lastly, there are three songs in the book that belong to Blake. The poetry side of me created the lyrics, and in my head, I can totally hear how the music should go, but unfortunately, there is no music-composition side of me. But I guess that just lets you use your imagination, which is as it should be. And there you have it: my Eternal Mercury Playlist.
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Published on January 26, 2014 17:13
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