As part of the #RedDeathSaga blog tour, I get to share this great guest post by Bethany Griffin about the soundtrack to the first book in the series, The Masque Of The Red Death!
When I’m actually sitting at the keyboard and typing I rarely listen to music and even if it’s playing I tend to tune it out, but I really enjoy walking and thinking about my story and my characters—that’s when I work out any kinks or plot issues that are bothering me, and that’s typically when I use soundtracks. Most of the time I’ll focus on a few lines from a song that make it seem (to me) about the character or world I’m writing in. In other cases, it’s more the feeling of the music that evokes the world.
Plain Song by the Cure is one of my favorites for a sense of hopelessness and I think the very brief lyrics are perfect. It’s the first song on the Disintegration album which I could listen to on repeat for hours.
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins – I love the feeling of this (probably doesn’t hurt that it was used for the trailers for the Watchmen movie), it just feels so dark, and yet sort of epic and adventurous?
Another Smashing Pumpkins song that I’d use in a Red Death Saga soundtrack is Eye, which also has a certain hopelessness that I like, also the is it any wonder I can’t sleep, line reminds me of Araby.
Nine Inch Nails is probably my favorite band for evoking the emotions of my characters. I love this pared down version of Something I Can Never Have http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEW8riKU_tE
I’d honestly make this the soundtrack for everything I ever write, I love it so much.
I also love NIN’s the Day the World Went Away for the world of Masque and Dance
I also really love everything by Portishead. Roads is a great song for the Red Death Saga, I love the feel of it, and the emotion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52bAsZI9xm8
Machine Gun by Portishead is also a song that I listened to a lot as I was working on the books http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00PdHIPjaWQ
For the Debauchery Club I always think of Under the Milkyway by Church, and We are Young by Fun. Both are great Debauchery Club songs, and of course the Debauchery Club also makes me think of Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.
Check out the other posts on the #RedDeathSaga blog tour below!