Chasing Inspiration

Friday, April 10, 2009

Soundtrack Friday

I was going through some files yesterday and stumbled upon the first three chapters of a story I had started, and finished, submitted once and promptly forgotten about. The chapters had handwriting on them, and not in my hand. Then I remembered, an author I admire had been instant messaging with me back in the day and had offered to read the first few chapters and give me some feedback. It was her handwriting on those pages. Her notes are the reason I hadn't tossed these chapters when I did my usual purge of old versions of finished stories.

The story is about second chances and had a suspense feel to it. I was trying too hard to imitate some great authors out there and lost my way with the story. But those first chapters, they were really, really good. And as I read through the pages and L's notes I recalled one of the songs that had been my inspiration for the romance arc and wove a thread through the story.

I'm a huge fan of the family of Irish musicians known as The Corrs. I first heard them in 1996 when I was laid up in the hospital for 9 days due to severe deep vein thrombosis. Thank God for cable TV in hospital rooms! I have most of their albums and when I need to escape I will often play something of theirs. What Can I Do has a deceptively upbeat tempo for a song that's about wondering why a relationship isn't working and figuring out how to let go. But it works. And it works as a theme in that story I wrote those many years ago.

For today's Soundtrack Friday I give you The Corrs and What Can I Do. Enjoy!


  1. I love The Corrs! They have this amazing song in Spanish with Alejandro Sanz.

  2. I have never heard that song, Gabby. I'll have to see if I can find it on iTunes.