Last week my middle daughter and I took a day-trip to Aspen, a four-hour trip each way over a couple of beautiful, if treacherous, mountain passes. Middle just got a huge promotion and will be moving to this picturesque ski town and we were scoping out housing and–equally important to Middle–shopping.
During the long (long!) drive, Middle cranked up her “driving playlist,” which consisted mostly of hip-hop and techno/dub-step with a little scream-o tucked in for good measure. (If you don’t know what scream-o is, thank your lucky stars!)
I have an extremely eclectic taste in music and I don’t mind a little hip-hop now and again, but after about six hours of non-stop thumping bass pulsating through my migraine-prone head, I pleaded with her to let me play something off my playlist. My ears needed rest, so I threw on the rich, smooth, classically-trained voices of The Texas Tenors. And just to be a bit of a pickle, I turned it to one of the opera tracks. Middle lasted all of ten minutes before she begged for compromise.
That, of course, got us into a discussion about how musical tastes vary. Middle’s eclectic range runs from scream-o to just over the tip of Broadway. Mine runs from opera to well-short of scream-o.
Like Middle and me, each of the characters in my books have a unique musical style. Because music plays such a prominent role in my life, I always like to know what my characters like to listen to–or not. My hero in The Soldier’s Sweetheart, Will Davenport, doesn’t care for music at all. Naturally, I paired him up with a traditional hymn-loving, organ-playing heroine. In my upcoming July release, Redeeming the Rancher, my heroine Alexis Grainger is a country girl through and through, whereas successful city-boy Griff Haddon prefers classical symphony.
So how about you? What’s on your playlist?