Think on your favorite romantic movie. Or heck, think about your favorite movie, period. Now imagine your favorite scene. Can you see it? Do you hear the witty dialogue between the hero and heroine clipping through your head? Or perhaps someone’s head being whacked off their body, if you’re a fan of horror movies. (Me? Not so much…One watching of Poltergeist as a child scarred me for life.) Or the best chase scene from your favorite action flick.
Got the image? Remember the words?
Now… do you remember the music?
I’m going to guess with very few exceptions, the answer is no. And yet, the music score and soundtrack from a movie plays an integral part in setting a mood. Can you imagine Scarlett’s fierce decree that she’ll never go hungry again without the orchestra swells of Tara’s Song? How about Chariots of Fire? Or really, who can look at a cool, quiet ocean without hearing Dum dum…dum dum… and wondering if a shark lurks just underneath.
Music plays a big part in my creative process. In fact, it’s a bit of a quirk — when I’m writing, I only listen to piano versions of songs. The song can be anything from classical to a piano-only version of a Disney song. But it has to be piano. For me, that’s a connection to a passion of mine from my childhood, when I trained as a competition pianist. I started playing when I was eight years old and fell in love. Carpel tunnel syndrome at the age of fourteen slowed the progress of that and into my twenties, I had to make a choice — computers or piano. Since computers paid the bills, the choice wasn’t easy, but it was necessary.
But to this day, hearing the sounds of a piano feeds my soul in ways I can’t explain. So when I’m writing, I need that connection. It truly is the soundtrack and score of my creativity.
When it came to select music for my book video for my recent release, SOMETHING ABOUT HER, one thing was certain. It had to be piano, but the song had to be just right. Mournful, a little sad, a little dramatic…yet romantic all at the same time. I searched for more time than I should admit for just the right song. What I chose? Serenade, by Schubert. This video is only a shortened version of the song, but it’s a beautiful one.
What do you think? What mood does it provoke for you?
What music feeds YOUR soul? To one lucky commenter, I’ll give away a CD of your choice —
you pick it, I’ll buy it.
SOMETHING ABOUT HER