I care for my seven-month-old granddaughter Emily every weekend, and one of her favorite things to do right now is to sing. We are a musical family. We’ll randomly break into song anytime we hear a Broadway lyric or a nursery rhyme. For many years I sang in church choir and have acted in musicals in local theater productions. My middle and youngest participate in the worship teams at their churches. My favorite way to fill up my creative well is to attend live concerts (The Texas Tenors, The High Kings) and enjoy live theater. So, Emily fits right in with her enthusiastic, “La, la, la, la, la.” She’s already starting to be able to carry a tune and she can’t even speak yet.
I usually listen to music while I’m writing and editing. I’ll also create a playlist that fits my themes and characters for a particular novel. I’ve even dedicated a book to my favorite singing group The Texas Tenors—and presented it to them in person, because of course I can’t just fangirl at a distance like normal people.
Not surprisingly, music often plays a part in my books, as well. In the book I just finished, the hero plays guitar and sings at the pizza café on open mic nights, while the heroine is a serious violinist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. And she likes to fiddle at family bonfires, something I grew up with, as my grandpa was an avid fiddler.
In a couple of weeks, I’m off on my fourth fan cruise sponsored by The Texas Tenors. It’s been three long years since I’ve seen my guys in person, and I’ll super excited to hear all their new music. I also have lots of dear friends among the fans, and of course I’m really looking forward to spending quality time with MY special guy relaxing on the open ocean.
So, what about you? How does music play into your life? (Do you see what I did there?) Comment below for a chance to win a copy of Opening Her Heart and some Dare to Dream swag (US only).