I am a collector of soundtracks.
Lord of the Rings. Tears of the Sun. Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 300.
Music is such a vital element of a movie…almost as important as the film itself.
Imagine Dirty Dancing without the score.
Or The Color Purple without the soul-stirring blues and gospel tracks. Who didn’t recognize that when the tribal percussions rumbled and the African voices soared that Celie was getting ready to “shave Mista”!
The songs or melodies of a film touch the moviegoer, evoke emotion, and tell a story. It’s another character in the movie.
For me, it’s the same with writing.
I remember while in college I couldn’t start a paper unless my dorm room was clean and I had a CD in the radio…today I don’t necessarily need the clean room (hee-hee-hee!) but the music is a must. Like author Laura Hayden, I create a “soundtrack” when I start a book. Each song places me in the scene and stirs my imagination. Like“Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister never fails to elicit images of a steamy, hot love scene. Or “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘N Roses just screams a bloody, gritty battle.
Music lives, breathes. It paints a picture and records a culture’s history. Music entertains and it educates. It uplifts.
Does that sound familiar?
It should. When we write, don’t we paint a picture with words that bring a story to life so our characters live in the reader’s imagination? Though we write romantic fiction, we take historical time periods, cultures and traditions and intertwine them into the story so they’re rich and real. Even as we entertain we educate.
Our stories provide joy, satisfaction, thrills…they uplift.
Below, please enjoy an example of how I—and many authors—incorporate music and books together by viewing the book trailer for my release with Ellora’s Cave, “Sweet Ultimatum”.