I frequently run across authors who provide the music play lists they use when they write. Although my muse is inspired by music to create story ideas, once they arrive I do not write to a soundtrack. It messes with the character voices in my head. That being said, I'm questioning whether the chosen play list is very different for authors when they write erotic romance? Many of the talented ladies I know have written both erotic and non-erotic stories. Are their music choices similar when they're writing the hottest of hot? The most explicit of explicit? Writing naughty to the core?
In a related issue, once I finished Bound Odyssey and began to think about the perfect "title song" for the movie soundtrack of the story, my mind did not connect with particularly sexual or sensual songs. Not that the novel is in any imminent danger of being brought to Hollywood, but as authors we can't help but daydream. Kind of similar to the casting couch speculation for our novels the talented Cara McKenna speculated over in her recent post.
For Bound Odyssey I connected to two melancholy songs by Michael Franti: Hey World (Don't Give Up Version) and Have A Little Faith. I'm lucky enough that copyright issues kept my video trailer designer from using either of those songs because the music she chose was perfect. But those Franti songs still thrill me every time I listen to them and imagine my characters' emotional connections and the struggles they faced together on a disintegrating world.
But this is different than a writing play list. What would make up an erotic romance play list? My guess is that the content would still be the songs we as writers connect to emotionally. But let's have some fun. How about a list of the perfect naughty but inspirational songs? Given the nature of what I've written, I'll toss out the first ball and list Erotica by Madonna. Can anyone else contribute another, or if you're a writer comment on the content of your own play lists?
Inquiring minds you know.