April 4, 2013

Band Geek Thursday: Happy Songs for an Unhappy Book

Hey Misfiteers!

Today, I'm not going to share a playlist with you. For several reasons. 1) I don't have one, and 2) I don't have one.

For my current work-in-progress: TCWALOPD (Tragic Contemp Where A Lot Of People Die) I have one or two theme songs, but no actual playlist. So instead I'd like to talk to you about happy songs for unhappy books--or songs that don't fit the mood of your writing at all.

Because funny thing is, my main theme song for the first half of this book? Was one of the most upbeat songs I've ever had on any playlist ever. Five for Fighting's Slice. (And sometimes other songs from the same-titled album.)

Mumford crowd
(c) Alykat. Creative Commons.
"The moon's dancin' and the stars are free 
I caught your heart on a summer's breeze"

Sure it's nostalgic and sometimes a little sad, but it's still a ridiculously happy song compared to other playlists I listen to. See, I don't write happy books as a rule. I've written stories about torture, death, war, terrorism, tragic love. And that's on a good day.

So usually, my playlist reflects that. With dark and gloomy songs.

With TCWALOPD... not so much. And for once, that's exactly how I like it. Happy isn't the mood I'm looking for, nostalgic *might* be it, but even so it's perfect. Because this song shows me everything that could have been for my characters. Happiness. Love. First love, old love, new love. Memories and melodies. It gives me such a perfect sense of everything that could have been... just before I take it away *g*

Let's be honest, aren't those could-have-beens why we're all writing sometimes? I love having a song that reflects that.

Have you ever had music like that? Songs that didn't fit your story at all, but were still completely perfect? If so, I'd love to hear it! 

"Hey man, sing me a song 
When we were everyone 
We were more than just a slice 
Of American Pie"


erica m. chapman said...

YES!! Oh, all the time. I'm trying to think of one... Well, Decode by Paramore totally doesn't go with any of my WIPs but it's my goto song when I want to get into my WIP!

Great post ;o) AND I love TCWALOPD!!

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