“. . . music is nothing more than vibrations that are felt through our soul.” ~ Sully Erna
I have rather eclectic tastes in music. My collection of tapes (yes, I still have cassettes, not 8-tracks — but you’ve just dated yourself if you know what those are), albums (uh-huh, vinyl), and CD’s includes movie soundtracks, classical music, alternative, rock — I even have one CD of Gregorian chants and yes, I do listen to it on occasion. My favorites tend to be moody, sometimes dark, normally powerful pieces that stir something, like the quote above, in my soul.
I now have a new favorite to add to my list. Avalon is Sully Erna’s solo album. Most folks know Sully Erna as the front man for Godsmack and, to be honest, until I stumbled across it by accident late last week, I never knew he did any solo work. There are basically only two Godsmack songs I’ve found that I like: Voodoo and Serenity. Both are more tribal and moody than most of the tracks I’ve heard from the group. Avalon has the same feel.
Sinner’s Prayer is the first track I discovered off Avalon. It smacked me up alongside the head because it fit a character I’d been writing about to a tee. (You guys remember Fletch, right? No? Go HERE and read Greylands.) I’ve never had a song become a character’s theme, but this one fit so perfectly with a scene I had just written, and with the character in general, that it will forever remind me of him.
Anyhow, that track prompted me to listen to the others and hence pop over to Amazon and place my order. The album has now entered the rotation of those I play while writing. I need music when I write. Oh, heck, I need music for just about everything I do, but especially when I’m creating. Music helps move me out of the here and now and propel me headlong into the world I’ve created. It makes it easier for me to enter my characters’ heads, to touch their emotions, and hopefully bring that to the reader. Even though half the time I couldn’t tell you what song is playing, because it’s more a background sound than anything, I need it. I need the vibrations in my soul to resonate through my writing.
What about it? Do you write in a catacomb of silence? What music does your muse dance to?