You know quite often I find myself connecting music to writing to reading.
They’re all big parts in my life that I feel make a big impact on each other. When I’m reading, I usually refer to a song in my head that brings about my feelings for the book. I’m not sure if anyone else does this, but I do. Whether it’s Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia” for the theme of Gunslinger or Florence and the Machine’s “Seven Devils” for Seven Sons or even The Black Key’s “Fever” for the Fever series…I think of songs all the time when I read. Which one I feel is right for a scene or which one that resonates with that book and I make those connections.
Then, I noticed through beta-reading that authors tend to do the same. They have songs in mind and it really is a wonderful thing to actually go through their playlists and see what they were listening too while they were writing or maybe even when a song sparks their interest to write a certain scene (that’s happened with me before).
I have talked to people about this before and some people think that it deters from your personal opinion on the book. For instance, if you thought the scene was a sad one when really the song makes it seem like it was a happy one. Does that make any sense? It changes your first impression or outlook on the story.
Maybe what I’m really wondering is, do you think that music is important when it comes to books?
Does it effect you as much as it does for other writers and readers or could you care less? Let’s say your favorite author posted up a list of songs and scenes to match the songs, would you listen and re-read for that alone or would you skim the list or would you just not give a crap because music doesn’t really matter all that much for you?
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