I’ve been in a writing funk for the past few months. While I tried and tried and tried to get out of this funk, it just didn’t work … at least not until I attended another Immersion Master Class with Margie Lawson. Turns out, being around other writers and talking about the funk I’d fallen into was exactly what I needed. *smiles*
So for my first Tune-In Tuesday post back from my dreaded writing funk, I’d like to share a song from a band who’s released a new album this summer: Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ’em Up).
Welcome back to another Tune-In Tuesday installment! 😀
Today I wanted to go back a bit in music history to visit with my favorite band of all time.
We each have that one song, or that one band, movie, TV show, or toy from our childhood that instantly plants a smile on our lips and warmth in our hearts. The Beatles are that band for me. Their music was the first I can recall ever hearing. They were the first band I desperately wanted to see in concert (I was about 12 years too late for that one). And their albums were the first I ever turned to in times of personal turmoil.
From divorcing parents, to schoolyard bullies, to having a broken heart, to being carefree and dancing around the house like no one was watching, the Fab Four were there for me.
Here’s one my favorite songs from The Beatles–Let It Be.
This week I’m highlighting a song that always puts me a good mood. “Scotty Doesn’t Know” by Lustra, made famous by the movie Europtrip. 😀
No matter how bad your day is going, this song will never fail to make you smile because things could always be worse. Your significant other could break-up with you after your graduation. You could then find out via a rock song at a graduation party–in front of all of your friends–that your now ex has been cheating on you for a year.
In all seriousness, though, who doesn’t like the look of Matt Damon in this video? I mean, this cameo has to be one of the best cameos ever!
Welcome back to Tune-In Tuesday, a weekly visit down music lane where I highlight a song (or two, or more) from my writing playlists.
Two weeks ago I posted a few versions of the song “Feeling Good”. Today, I wanted to highlight one of my all-time favorite covers: ZOMBIE — originally recorded by The Cranberries and covered by Breed 77.
Do you have a favorite cover or song you’d like to have highlighted in these weekly posts? If so, don’t be shy and speak up. 🙂
Music, novels, movies, and TV shows. These modes of entertainment have plenty in common, but for today we’re going to focus on one in particular:
As writers we hear quite often that there are no true original plots, only fresh twists and takes on old, existing plots. This is true, and it got me thinking on how truly original most music is these days. You can turn on the radio and listen to a brand new single and think, “How are these artists coming up with these original tunes? Holy Genius I wish I could come up with something like that!”
Well, similar to novels, movies and TV shows, music also recycles their story/theme threads. And just like novels, what makes the theme original is the presentation, the feeling driving the music, the unique word choice, and the artist who used the tools available to them to create something original and magical.
I enjoy working with analogies (I bet nobody could tell, right?), so this analogy right here totally blew my mind when it occurred to me. Because I never stopped to think of music in these terms. Never actually stopped and literally compared tunes to novels in the literary/creativity sense. Before now, music was purely a heartbeat, a way of life, or getting through the tough times and mainly a background noise that helped to inspire scenes and characters that I love.
Now I feel incredible inspired in a very different sense of the word whenever I hear a song. And I hope you do, too. 🙂
And in the spirit of Re-Makes and Covers, here’s one of my favorite tunes, expressed 4 different ways by 4 different artists (Muse being my absolutely favorite in this bunch)–each one unique and entertaining in its own way. 😀
This week’s song, from Florence + The Machines, is courtesy of New York Times Bestselling Author Deborah Harkness and her YouTube playlist for the heroine of her All Souls Trilogy, Diana Bishop.
Many writers have a time in their lives when they’ve unintentionally walked away from writing. For some it’s school, for others it’s family, and for a few it’s simply the need to walk away and refill their creativity well. Ten years ago, I stopped writing due to the overwhelming workload at college. Then when I left school, I never went back to the writing. I was in my early twenties and simply forgot about all the fun I had with creating characters, worlds and stories. But when A Discovery of Witches was released, everything changed and I rediscovered my love of the writing craft. The creativity well was full, and way too many characters were ready to have their stories told. 🙂
Here’s a blurb for the book that will forever be known, in my heart, as my “reawakening”:
When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.
For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well
Here’s a cool factoid about Diana: Her power as a witch extends to abilities such as Witch Fire, Witch Wind, and Witch Water (this last one is most likely why this song is on Diana’s playlist). Most witches in the All Souls Trilogy world are gifted with only one of these abilities. So having all three in a witch who’s denied her legacy her entire life? Yeah, there’s bound to be magical “accidents” that make for a intriguing and unforgettable story.
What about you? Is there a book that inspired you to write? Or maybe a book that inspired you in other facets of your life? Have you ever taken a “writing break”? What brought you back to your love of the craft?
In honor of their new album’s U.S. release, today I’m featuring Thirty Seconds to Mars. 😀
Jared, Shannon, and Tomo really, really laid it down with their latest album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. While listening to the new tunes this morning, I couldn’t help but feel as though they’d been secretly tapping into my writing life. Between the lyrics–“This is the fight to the death, our holy war. A new romance, a Trojan whore” (from Conquistador)–and the musicality of the album as a whole, I have to say that, as a fan, I am incredibly impressed and proud of these guys.
This album is sure to inspire many, many hours of writing for me, and I hope for you as well. Here’s the video to their first single off this new album, “Up In the Air.”
Talk to me! Have you downloaded any new tunes lately?
Today’s musical choice comes from one my favorite bands of all time, MUSE. This is their latest single, Panic Station.
Last week I got an alert from YouTube that a new vid had been posted by the band, and boy was I ever not prepared for this video. LOL! Don’t get me wrong, this video is awesome and these guys clearly had a fantastic time filming. But talk about psychedelic, man. 😉