Your Favourite Song At This Time Last Year
Last year at this time, I was feverishly working on a novel (it’s out now, available for purchase, and I’m told it’s wonderful by strangers, so I feel good about it). The novel initially began as an abandoned screenplay, one that remained shelved for a few years.
Then one night, I had a dream. It was rather strange, and I didn’t know the people in it. I sensed that this was a story idea and the dream stuck upon waking. At the end of the dream, a young girl sat in a dorm room, staring out her window at a boy that she wanted, but couldn’t let herself have. In the background, this song was playing. Upon waking, I knew the girl: she was the younger version of my screenplay’s protagonist, and she cared to tell a different story.
The Muse works in mysterious ways.
This song spun frequently as I wrote, not only for its plot significance, but because I relate so clearly to the struggle to seek love and yet fear it, the mental battle between fear and want. In my own life, I finally found myself ready to start, and I’m grateful for it. I am grateful for this song, and for this band. After all, every great story deserves a stellar soundtrack.
Ready To Start – Arcade Fire
I love the book so much! I am keeping notes on things that move me, connect with me, and that I just overall am over the moon about.
As I’ve been reading I keep thinking that there should be a companion soundtrack on say Spotify, or something – do you have something like that? Or at least a list of songs?
Love you and your writing xoxo
Spotify bans Canadians. I’m really growing rather tired of all these services that the RIAA would rather I use over downloading, only to ban me from using them. Canada is really not some strange foreign land. We were never able to use Pandora, either.
I created a ‘soundtrack’ post a while back with key songs (not everything, mind you):
There are a lot more songs that come up, and my writing playlist was several hundred large. Oops! Oh, and two characters have playlists. I keep meaning to post Andrew’s. Maybe this weekend. If there’s a place in the book where a song is alluded to without name or you’re curious, ask me. I learned that it’s very, very expensive to quote song lyrics in a book. Huge fees. I originally had some in the book and yanked them out.
I’m sorry there are all those restrictions in Canada, that just seems ridiculous to me.
Thank you soooo much for the links to the song playlists!!! Will be listening while reading…DEFINITELY ❤