Hi SE Readers! It’s the first Friday of the month and that means it’s time for another Five for Friday. Last month, P. H. shared five Science Fiction/Fantasy books he would like to see made into movies. Since I love music, I decided to share five songs that have inspired my writing.
I won’t quote song lyrics because of the legalities, but if you’re familiar with the songs, you’ll get the idea. If you’re interested in watching You Tube videos of the songs, just click on the titles.
Rocky Mountain High by John Denver – I’ve enjoyed John’s music since way back when and Rocky Mountain High is one of my favorites. A few years ago, I wrote a series on my blog about a young man named David who returned to his hometown. He discovers new things about the place he grew up and finds that there are benefits to living among nature rather than in a big city. While it’s not set in Colorado, the town is in the mountains.
Wicked Game by Chris Isaak – This song inspired a scene in my last novel Unknown Reasons. Main characters, Rachel and Brian, are driving home after an evening out when this song comes on the radio. Rachel wonders if Brian is sending her mixed messages based on a comment he made about the song.
Lyin’ Eyes by the Eagles – This tune from the mid-1970s is the inspiration for the opening scene in my WIP. Yes, you might have guessed—a younger woman married to an older man. Look for Unclear Purposes, the third of my Driscoll Lake series, this fall.
Christmas for Cowboys by John Denver – Yes, this is the second John Denver song I’ve listed. His music probably inspires me to write more than any other recording artist. I wrote my first novel in the 1970s and set it in Colorado. I never did anything with it other than throw it in the trash, but I never forgot my characters. Two years ago, I wrote A Montana Christmas. It’s the story of a ranching family and inspired by Denver’s song. I even used a couple of characters from my first novel. The story is part of a Christmas Anthology, Bright Lights and Candle Glow
While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles – Okay, I haven’t written anything based on a Beatles song (yet), but I couldn’t go without mentioning my all-time favorite group. If I’m feeling a bit down, listening to the Beatles cheers me up. If I’m cheerful, I’m more likely to feel inspired to write. George Harrison is my favorite member of the Fab Four and this is my favorite song. I especially like the acoustic version found on Anthology Three. And yes, George wrote about a weeping guitar but the only thing that makes me sad about the song is that he is no longer with us.
Do songs ever inspire your writing? Please share in the comments.