Music is a big part of my life. I’ve grown up singing with my family and in church. I’m always listening to something in the car, at work, or around the house. The other day I was cleaning, and since the house was empty, I decided to play one of my favorite songs.
“Alexa, play Good by Cody Carnes.”
And I listened to that song on repeat for the next half hour.
So much can be said in the lyrics of a song. They’re basically short stories put to a tune. The older I’ve gotten, the more I pay attention to what the words are saying. Music can be a powerful tool if you let it.
When I come up with a story idea, it’s often inspired even more by music. With each book I write, I make playlists that reflect the story. Each one includes a variety of genres of music, from Christian to country, and even pop tunes make the list. I’ll hear something in a song that gives me an emotional connection to the character and add it to the playlist.
When I’m struggling with my writing, all I have to do is listen to music. I close my eyes and let the music do the talking. Somehow my fingers begin to hit the keys, and the story comes to life. Every time.
“Where words fail, music speaks.”
-Hans Christian Andersen
To me, music is a little something extra that gives life to the words of the story. It still amazes me I can listen to music and write at the same time. If you’d like to check out my playlists, you can find them on Spotify.
If I could pick one song from each of my playlists to say was the inspiration for each book, it would be the following:
A Half Made Whole – Survivor by Zach Williams
When I Found You – Til I Found You by Phil Wickham
One She Never Expected – Got Me by Gabby Barrett and Shane & Shane
Waiting for Right Now – Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
Coming soon! The Thing About Falling in Love – God Is In this Story by Katy Nichole & Big Daddy Weave
What are your thoughts about music and books? Do songs help add to the story?