Welcome to Music Monday! 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.
This past weekend, a fellow writer reminded me how great the musical Sweeney Todd is…Well, disturbing and horrifying, but great, especially when you’re creating a story with disturbing and horrifying elements to it.
Anyway, as I listened to the Sweeney Todd soundtrack on my way to work this morning, I got stuck on one song in particular: “Epiphany”. Again and again I played it, obsessing over its gritty emotions: Rage, malice, revenge, sorrow…
In addition to its emotions, I find “Epiphany” inspiring because it takes me into the mind of a demented character–a twisted man so full of hate and vengeance, he becomes a ruthless murderer. Which is great!
As much as my imagination thinks it can create insane characters, I need songs like this to develop them properly. I can’t get to those dark places I need to go on my own.
Now, you might be wondering why I need to be listening to a song like this right now. Well, over the weekend, I made a difficult, but surprisingly, exciting decision. I’m not going to start the fourth draft of my YA novel right now. Instead, I’m going to focus on a new project–one that relates to a short story I wrote for an NYC Midnight Challenge. I plan to write a longer blog post to explain my decision, but for now, just know this course of action feels right and I’m really happy to take a step in a new direction. It’s been a long time coming.
Anyway, to get me started on this new novel, I’m creating a fresh “book playlist”. And–surprise, surprise–“Epiphany” will be on it.
So, if you’re looking for a gritty song that brings to life darker emotions, check out “Epiphany” from the musical, Sweeney Todd!
What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.