I spend a lot of time alone, whether it's at the apartment or in the car driving. As a result, I listen to a lot of music, both on the radio and on my own playlists. I also listen to music when I write.
I recently finished a very long (very difficult, most difficult writing thing I've done since I finished my first novel years ago) rewrite shortly after Christmas, and thought I'd share some of the songs I listened to while I was knee-deep in edits and implementing new plot points.
We don't care what them people say/We don't have to be ordinary/Make your best mistakes/We don't have the time to be sorry - these lines, in particular, really spoke to me while I was working on FROST, especially with all the changes to Mari's personal storyline, her history, and a good chunk of plot in the back forty of the novel.
If you're gonna let me down, let me down gently/Don't pretend that you don't want me/Our love ain't water under the bridge - there's something here about recognizing that two people are moving in different directions, but also not sweeping their entire history aside. That to me is really important.
All you sinners stand up sing hallelujah/Show praise with your body/Stand up sing hallelujah/And if you can't stop shaking/Lean back let it move right through ya - this reminds me a little of what Jack goes through with his character arc over the course of the novel. (Also, honestly, I get this song stuck in my head constantly, too.)
And, for a bonus, because I have watched Shrek: The Musical so many times on Netflix over the past month and a half that I might as well be able to sing all of it, here's a particular favorite of mine.
And write a different story/One that tells of glory/And writes away the lies/And to the skies I'd throw it/The stars would do the telling - there's something to be said for wanting to write a different ending.
Hope & Kindness,
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