The romance of music

I’ve always loved music.

I was one of those creative kids growing up. I was an avid reader and writer all through primary school, but music stole my heart during my teenage years.

I had piano tuition and vocal training, and while I was pretty average at reading music, composition was my thing.

Every song tells a story

Recently I realized another reason I’m so passionate about music is because each song is its own story.

Looking back now, I realize how much ‘the story in a song’ element fueled my love for music, and quite possibly romance. Each song tells a tale. Of love lost, of love found, of sweet love, dangerous love, and pretty much every sort of love you can imagine.

Music: a writer’s muse

For me, music is an essential part of writing. In my office I usually have music going all day. My taste is pretty eclectic which is helpful for finding a song to suit my mood.

For each project, I usually find there’s one or two songs that gel with my story and those are the ones that I keep coming back to.

I’ve written before about music as a muse, but this week I wanted to touch on the ‘black moment.’

If you haven’t heard of the ‘black moment,’ in the writing craft it’s known as that scene in your book when it seems like all hope is lost.

Not surprisingly, each project I work on manages to find its own song for the ‘black moment.’

The Boyfriend Sessions ‘black moment’ in song

Today I’m going to share the song that fits Christa’s black moment in The Boyfriend Sessions. Christa sits on her balcony reflecting on how much she’s lost. Naturally I’m not going to go into any more detail about Christa’s black moment as that would ruin the story for you, but it’s a beautiful song regardless of whether you’ve read the book.

 

How about you? Does music play a role for you when you’re writing? Or as a reader, do you hear songs that remind you of a story?

 

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