I work best with music on. I may have mentioned that before. Most times I couldn’t tell you what song is playing at any given time, but on a subconscious level it helps me to find the right mood or emotion. Just about everything I do is accompanied by music, even if it’s just a soundtrack in my head. My head, of course, can be a downright scary place. However, some incredibly interesting conversations take place there as well. Some day I’ll have to do a drawing of what the inside of my head looks like. There’s this little, old man perched on a stool, amidst piles of dusty books and scrolls. He keeps track of everything. Still writes on parchment with an ink quill. I kid you not. I tried to get him a tablet, but he’ll have none of that-
Um . . . I digress.
Let’s see, where was I? Music. Yeah. Inspiration.
Besides helping me work, song lyrics provide my brain with an abundance of fodder. A simple line in a song, a phrasing of words, can inspire a character, an event, or even an entire plot. Because of that, I have notebooks filled with the things. Coincidentally, I also have notebooks and folders filled with odd snippets inspired by them. Those literary gems may never find their way into a permanent home, but, if nothing else, it provides exercise for my writing muscles.
So here I share with you some of my favorites. Perhaps they’ll spark something for you.
Godsmack Voodoo “Never did I wanna be here again, and I don’t remember why I came.”
Three Doors Down When You’re Young “Why can’t they remember, what I’ll never forget?”
Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon
“Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you’ll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
REM Try Not to Breathe
“I will try not to worry you
I have seen things that you will never see”
Now, run with them. Let me know if they provoke anything.