Music is such a powerful tool. In just four minutes, a song can take you from the darkest depression to the most beautiful place on earth. Just like movies have scores and soundtracks, many writers create mixtapes just for the writing process. For any non-writers, this is just like placing on your favourite baby-making record before getting down to the serious business of lovemaking.
For “A Place Like Home”, I’ve been listening to a lot of Don Davis’ work on “The Matrix Revolutions”, especially his hauntingly beautiful, “Trinity Definitely”. For the more romantic moments, I listen to Claude Debussy’s “Clair de lune”, and to Robyn Loau’s “Home”, the song that inspired it all.
When I was working on a sitcom treatment for a comedian friend, I listened to a lot of Pink’s “Funhouse”, and Robyn Loau’s “Only Human”. Two badass rockers, with equally rocking tracks that just made me want to take on the world, one man at a time.
But music is also good for post-writing. I find the writing process exhausting. The first draft of APLH was done in one very intense week, leaving me physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. Afterwards, all I wanted to do was get away from it all. Luckily at that time, my friend DJ OzYBoY (best know for his former group RADIO FREEDOM) wrote this beautiful song, “Write your story”. That song just took me on a much needed mental holiday. I don’t know where the magical place where that song came from is, but I want to go there.
I’m closing in on the fourth draft of APLH now (right now I’m doing a analogue proofread i.e. actually print out the script and read it), and this particular draft was soul-draining. So like fertiliser on a barren land, I’m replenishing my soul with music.
- Jill Scott “The Light of the Sun”
- Meshell Ndegeocello “Weather”
- Estelle “All of Me”
- The Cat Empire “So many nights”
- Dawn Penn “No, No, No”
Do you use music in your writing? If so, how? Please leave a comment.