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.
Last week, the world lost an amazing, creative, and inspiring composer.
Like so many, I was devastated when I heard the news of his death. For years, I’ve been listening to Horner’s compositions, and not just while watching the many blockbuster films he scored, but also while writing. Many a scene has been choreographed in my mind while listening to his music. In fact, I’m certain I have at least one James Horner composition on every book playlist I’ve ever created.
James Horner’s work is dramatic, suspenseful, and touching. It not only brings the movies we love to life, but it also has the power to bring a writer’s imagination to life. It helps us experience the emotions of our characters, visualize and plan the scenes of our stories, and develop the twists and turns that take our work to the next level.
I encourage you to take a moment today to listen to some of James Horner’s work below. I promise you’ll find inspiration in at least one of them.
One of my all-time favorites (and a previous Music Monday).
I like listening to this one whenever I take a step back and look at a story’s bigger picture. (Almost like imagining its trailer).
This is a favorite whenever I’m writing a particularly dramatic scene.
Thank you, James Horner, for composing such beautiful music, and offering writers like me such amazing inspiration. You will be greatly missed.