Music is the food of love, so play on. Billy the Bard wasn’t wrong when he wrote that. The emotional blanket in which we wrap our words helps so much with the development of context.
‘Everybody Hurts’ by R.E.M a suitable example. If this were playing in the background of a scene, it would set it so quickly, it would provide a near universal shorthand for melancholic introspection.
A kitchen table, a hunched figure reading a letter, Everybody Hurts playing on the radio – you almost know the words being read (almost).
I think it works while we’re writing too.
The tunes that we immerse ourselves in help format the narrative we type – or at least they do for me.
Writing that sad scene, that tear jerking moment where the near crushing enormity of loss that crushes your MC would be hard to write if ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams was playing on a loop.
We have been writing such a scene, and the stripped-down simplicity of the music that accompanied my typing (I think) helped me create a more distilled/raw emotive scene.
The artist that was my muse?
The Cure, the album – Disintegration.
Still (happily) typing away.
Stay safe – remain sane!