Chasing Inspiration

Friday, February 06, 2009

Soundtrack Friday

I don't know about you, but sometimes my life has a sound track. I think it comes from the fact that music - the rhythm and beats and melody and points and counter points - stirs something in my soul. Sometimes the lyrics stir right along with it and sometimes the music moves despite the lyrics.

Anyway, I thought in an effort to be authentic and real, and to show you a little bit of what keeps the writing moving forward and what keeps me moving forward, every Friday I'll share with you something from my personal or writing soundtrack. God, this makes me feel naked. *grin*

So, for today, I'm going to start with this song that haunts me. The music more than the lyrics makes me feel both heavy and hopeful. There is something about that underscoring driving beat that says to me - walk forward and walk steady. This week I've had to be reminded to walk forward and walk steady despite the potholes and cracks that keep wanting to trip me up. I listen to this and I don't feel sad, but hopeful. Thoughtful. And like I can move forward.

As for the writing, the lyrics grabbed me and Mallory, the character I'm currently working with. Mallory turned to me while I was typing a scene and laid her hands on my fingers and told me to listen. Just listen. "This is me," she said, with that hopeful sadness in her eyes. So I've been listening, trying to figure out what in the song was her, but I think it has to do with the chorus. In any case, I'll keep listening and unraveling Mallory's secrets until I can put them on the page. And while I'm doing that, please enjoy this week's soundtrack - Second Chance by Shinedown.


  1. I've had the soundtrack to Rent going through my head mostly the Seasons of Love versions. When I'm in a quirky mood, it's Eric Hutchinson's Rock & Roll (I first heard it at the end of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 movie).

    Music often influences my mood and my concentration. I play it all day at work, in the car. I'm more productive with hard rock, but I like to sing showtunes and country in the car. At home, we stick to neutral music like Dave Matthews or Coldplay (because the boy and I both like them).

    I'm glad Mallory isn't being quiet anymore. She's waited long enough! :)

  2. OMG, Mallory is such a PITA! She got me so excited a year and a half ago and we were writing like gain busters and then she went into hiding. But she's back and dammit, I will finish this book! LOL