Music is important to me.
If you’re one of those who’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know I tend to put quite some effort into picking out music to accompany my writing. I make playlists for my stories, and I pick out signature songs for my main characters. When wrote Emma’s Story every chapter came with a link to a mix-set I’d picked out.
I do my own mix-sets too. It’s a different kind of creative outlet. This my latest one:
This is the second installment in the Magical Mixtape series. The idea behind it is to pick out music that’s dreamy, melodic, and a little bit mysterious. I want to create a mood that’s inspiring and that sets my mind wandering.
Have a listen, and I think you might see what I mean.
It’s electronic music with slow, but stead and insistent, beat. There are melodies and voices that weave back and forth and hint at something or the other. A lot of it is dance music, but I try to pick tracks that don’t feel like it’s just dance music. I want music that I can also enjoy while lying on my bed with the lights out, or while going for a walk.
Don’t get me wrong – I love dance music, but this set isn’t for dancing. You can dance to it, but it’s not why I made it.
I did this one as inspiration for my NaNoWriMo project. Kala is the name of the main character. The story takes place in winter, and it doesn’t really have anything at all to do with summer, or Kala’s dreams of summer. In fact, if I had really wanted to make a set to go with the character and the story, it probably wouldn’t have sounded like this at all.
Still, it works in how it puts me in the mood for writing, and for making things up, and I’m sure I’ll soon enough connect it with the story as well – whether I like it or not.
Finally, here’s the first installment in the series: