You know what’s deep about being an author who has written something that makes her own heart melt? Having a musician’s heart bleed into a song only to have an author pick that juice up and transfer it into her work. But how?
Have you ever just been on a car ride and listened to a good song or your favorite song, and it reminds you of some tender moment in life? But if you’re an author, perhaps you’ve experienced what I have—your brain zoning out and you extracting a scene from your book and then all the motions of the characters play out to the music. The feeling is delightful, and you wonder who else can relate. It almost throws a tear in your eyes. You’d do anything to have an E.L. James moment where a set of actors play out what you and your readers have read and wanna see. But authors know, those actors are your characters. There’s no more, she’s playing her and he’s playing him. No. You are my characters now and your real identity doesn’t exist. Lmao!
Well, this is what musicians with great songs that resonate with my material do to me. For instance, Brooke and Jackson go clubbing in Capital Encounters, and for me, when I hear Joyce Sims’ My All In All, a 1986 jam, the energy of it all goes good with a motion picture visual of them dancing together on the dance floor before he takes her outside. When I hear KeKe Wyatt and Avant croon My First Love, I instantly think of Brooke and Jackson. When I hear Elvis Presley sing, I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, it makes me think of Summer and Oliver and a certain scene shared by them that I cannot disclose. Well, Amber doesn’t get a song. I think we all know why. Don’t have one for Emily yet either. Maybe that’s trifling on my behalf but they don’t have a song that I can think of.
Either way, I may not be that type of author who can write or edit to music, because I love to sing too much to keep quiet if a song I love or know comes on. I can work with TV noise as long as it’s not Sex and the City. Even though I can recite the lines because I’ve heard them so many times, it’s too entertaining to ignore while working. For me, it’s either the show or the book. I can’t work while they work.
So, this was a quick acknowledgement and nod to musicians for doing their thing. From one creative to another, just know that the beats you choose, the way you breathe that note, the instruments you arrange—all of it, is like a candy bar of ingredients and flavors that works for our imaginations and hearts. I wish that my readers could have a symphonic visual of the best book parts of my book scenes. I wish!!!
However, all we can do is just try to capture that same energy within us and write in a way that impacts the readers, the way the musician’s work has impacted us.