Shannon Stacey

Getting in the mood

No, not that mood. Sheesh.

Yesterday was not a great day. ‘Nuff said. But, today I need to get my butt to work. And, like most writers, music can help—especially if each project has a theme song. Which…mine do. Since I’m probably going to actually shut my computer off and go work at the dining room table, I figured I’d share my themesongs before I go.

“Baby, I Lied” by Deborah Allen (Themesong for Twice Upon A Roadtrip)

Baby I lied When I told you I could walk away
Baby I lied And forget about the love we made.
I swear on my heart I was telling the truth at the time.
Baby I lied. Baby I lied.

(This one probably speaks for itself. Vacation sex gone permanent. )

“Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence (Themesong for the neglected SIM)

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
before I come undone
(Save me)
save me from the nothing I’ve become

(It’s harder to nail down why this song works for the book. The underlying “theme” of the book is that the heroine has buried too much of herself in order to be her perception of the perfect mother, and how she has to balance who she is with what she needs to be.)

“I Won’t Do This Anymore” by Nickelback (Themesong for the vampire)

No I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t
Well no I don’t find faith in your forced feelings
Not fooled by your misleadings
Won’t buy this line you’re selling
Tired of this lie you’re telling
I won’t, I don’t, no I won’t do this anymore
I won’t, I don’t, no I won’t do this anymore

(This one…it just ties in really well with elements of the book. Elements which I can’t give away. *g*)

So, does your wip have a themesong?

5 comments to “Getting in the mood”

  1. Mariann
      · April 12th, 2005 at 11:56 am · Link

    My WIP does not have a soundtrack, but I’m finally thinking more about choosing songs would be appropriate for the characters. I guess it’s time to fire up iTunes and listen for a few days. :nod:

  2. Charlene T
      · April 12th, 2005 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I always have a theme song! “Love Spell” didn’t come together until I started listening to Offspring’s Want You Bad. I currently have a couple of different things going, each with their own song, and I have one WIP I haven’t found the right music for yet.

  3. Trace
      · April 12th, 2005 at 2:04 pm · Link

    My last book and this book have the same herione, and her theme song is Duck and Run by 3 Doors Down.

  4. Bron
      · April 12th, 2005 at 5:45 pm · Link

    Not so much theme song as theme music for mine. For the romantic suspense book I’m currently reworking and finishing – very emotional, and set in a wilderness – the theme music is Arvo Part’s Requiem for Benjamin Britten and Barber’s Adagio in G – both very haunting. For their very vulnerable love scenes, a beautiful instrumental called Mrs Mary Stitt by the Scottish group Tannas.

    The sequel to that book, which I’ve started work on, has the same setting but a very different h & H, and his theme music, at least in these opening chapters, is The Waterboys’ Pagan Place – not so much for the words, but for its wild, raw, passionate earthiness :cheesy:

    Yep, I have *very* eclectic tastes in music :wink:

  5. Shannon
      · April 12th, 2005 at 11:49 pm · Link

    I haven’t heard any of those songs! :oops: And I love knowing ‘behind the scenes’ stuff that other writers do. (If only to assure myself I’m not the only one :grin:)

    When I’m actually writing, I favor big, booming instrumentals like those found on movie scores. The Pirates of the Caribbean, King Arthur, and The Last of the Mohicans are favorite writing soundtracks.

    But to jazz myself up to write, the themesong usually does the trick. :type:

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