I start each manuscript with a playlist of sorts- I went as far as using them for chapter headings in the early drafts of Baby, It’s You. Three songs ended up really representing that book for me:
- Baby, It’s You: The Promises
- Never: Moving Pictures
- Feeling Good: Michael
Once I get to the edit stage, the playlist is also edited. I then play it during my morning commute- it helps me figure through problems, and it helps me add layers to my characters and emotion to my scenes.
Yes, daggy, I know…but it works.
As an example, there’s this scene in BGDC where Abby and Brad are having their first date. Things are hotting up- as they do. The song that had the mood that I wanted was The Veronica’s Take Me On The Floor. It’s that bit where the music pauses and she just goes ‘Oh.’ Perfect.
Just like in Baby, It’s You, aside from Take Me On The Floor, there are a few songs that have come to represent BGDC for me:
- Big Girls Don’t Cry: Fergie
- Shut Up And Dance: Walk the Moon
- When It All Falls Apart: the Veronicas
- One Of Us: Abba
Yes, Abba. After all, there’s an Abba song for every life occasion…and this one really fits.
What else is on the BGDC list? In alphabetical order, and with the appropriate daggy music and Kylie ahead warning, the other songs are:
All At Once: Whitney Houston
Better In Time: Leona Lewis
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You: Muse
Especially For You: Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
Fight Song: Rachel Platten
Flashlight: Jessie J
From This Moment: Shania Twain
If You Go Away: Emiliana Torrini
In Your Eyes: Kylie Minogue
Need You Now: Lady Antebellum
Never Tear Us Apart: INXS
Only Love Can Hurt Like This: Paloma Faith
Something I Need: One Republic
Think of You: A Fine Frenzy
Without You: Mariah Carey
You Make Me Happy: Clare Bowditch and Eddie Perfect
You’ve Got A Way: Shania Twain
I warned you about the seriously daggy stuff!
Any other writers out there use music to help set the writing mood?
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