As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it. So, I’ve decided to start a Music Monday feature. Every Monday (or so), I will share with you the song that’s currently fueling my creative tank. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear it and feel inspired too?
Sidenote: I’m a little hesitant to do this since I know everyone has such differing opinions about music. What some of us love to listen to, others think is junk. Personally, I listen to just about everything (rap, pop, country, musicals, rock, oldies, punk, metal, etc.). If a song inspires me, then I don’t care who it’s by or what genre it is. So, please, if I ever post a song you think is “lame”, then keep it to yourself. However, if you have a suggestion, I’m all ears. 🙂 The more music in my life, the merrier!
Today’s song is the one that first inspired the manuscript I’m currently working on. Almost five years ago, I grabbed my iPod and went for a jog. A mile or so in, Pat Benatar’s “Shadows of the Night” came on. Her lyrics hit me hard, and by the time I got home, I had a new idea for a novel. About a year later, I optioned the manuscript to a production company on the Paramount Studio lot…Now, if you keep up with my blog, you’re familiar with my background and this manuscript. Long story short, the option contract ran out and I put my manuscript aside for a year. Recently, I decided to pick it back up and begin rewriting it–completely. And, like I did five years ago, I’ve been listening to this song for inspiration.
So, here is today’s Music Monday song. Enjoy!