Okay, I promise those of you who know the quote, I’m not going to misquote Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night! When Duke Orsino says
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die,
he wants so much music played he gets sick of love, stops feeling love, the same way overeating can turn us off even the thought of more food.
I’m looking for music to help me do the opposite! At least, music to get me in the right mood and mindset for whatever story I’m working on. I used to have a sound track for every book, specific songs that had meaning for the story. One of the challenges since developing chronic migraine is that my brain’s filtering mechanisms don’t seem to work anymore. I simply can’t filter out the human voice – if someone is saying or singing words near me, I have to tune in.
That means I need music even more when I’m trying to write, to block out noise from neighbors. But songs with words are totally out for writing music, because if there are words, the only words my brain can focus on is the words of the song, not the words and thoughts and actions of my characters! Instrumental versions are the same, if I know the song and the words that go with the music, they invade my brain too. Argghhh! To add to the fun, I have musical tinnitus – I hear music that’s not there, music my brain invents from background noise or my body’s own internal sounds. Sometimes it’s excellent music, but oh boy, is it distracting!
I’ve discovered the best way for for me to write to now is to put on my noise-limiting headphones, and play nature sounds. A rippling mountain stream, or waves lapping gently on the shore. The waves, complete with seagulls, make an especially good soundtrack for the story I’m working on now, Cherish Me, Book 3 in the Chapel Cove Romances tri-author series, as it’s set in a small coastal town.
That is, when the ocean sounds manage to stop me humming along to David Cassisdy’s version of “Cherish”! Here’s the official video, for anyone born after 1972. He he, I confess, at 12 or 13, I had his poster on my bedroom wall!
The words do actually (and unintentionally!) fit well with the story, teenage friends-turned-to-love meeting again after 22 years apart! You may have already read Marion Ueckermann’s Book 1, Remember Me, and Alexa Verde’s Love Me, both wonderful stories. I love our series theme of women starting over and finding new love or rekindindling old love in their 30’s, 40’s, and beyond! We already hope to write twelve books in total, but the way ideas keep popping, it’s likely there’ll be more. But as each is a completely stand-alone romance, set in the same community, there’s no need to read them all.
Unless you want to, of course! ;)
Music is such a personal thing. What do you find works best for your working or reading soundtrack? One comment made on the post by April 30th will be randomly chosen to win the commenter’s choice of my present or future ebooks!