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Tuesday’s Tunes: Signature Songs

Tuesday's Tunes: Signature Songs

      A disclaimer. Some of the songs posted will have naughty language. Some will be terrible in your opinion. Some will be terrible in my opinion. Watch the linked video(s) at your own risk.
      That said, if you have ever wondered what sort of songs are punctuating scenes in my head, come back every Tuesday to find out.

      Have you ever read a novel (or comic, or graphic novel, or short, or fan-fic, or hell – anything) and some how, in that crazy way our brains have, ended up associating a song to a certain character or scene?
      We’re talking the “Imperial March” playing in your head every time Baron Arconin walks into the room. Or the distinctive squeal of Slash’s bad-assery on just about any GNR track while hooligans harass Hannah into furious action in Incandescence. Or the voluptuous bardess-turned-assassin strangling a john in an alley way who is irrevocably intermingled with Bree Sharp’s “The Cheap & Evil Girl” in my mind.
      I was listening to VH1 in the background while I wrote a lot about a lady wizard and her dragon-blooded lover. To this day, when I hear “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane (which was huge that summer/fall) I think of them and sigh. The song’s lyrics may not be particularly ‘suited’ to the pair or their romance, but it became associated with them in my neural pathways. In the same vein, I can’t read any of Jack’s snippets about a character called Carver without thinking of “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed. And “Blind Faith” by O-24 always cycles in my mind when I’m re-reading one of the romance shorts I wrote back in the early aughts when I also happened to listen to a lot of K-Pop and J-Rock on the International Channel.
      What bouncy faux-hippity-hop korean pop music has to do with a love triangle on the American prairie I will never know. But I can never hear “Blind Faith” without thinking of Felicity, Robert, Edith and a burgeoning lesbian love affair set against the long, arduous journey West.
      For my current WIP, the afore (and frequently) mentioned Incandescence, I’ve written a guest post about the music that sort of makes me think about the story as a whole and some of the characters.
      Without totally spoilerizing (er….) that whole post, let me just say that without a doubt, the so-called villains of the story have the strongest association with music (in my head) of any character in the novel. I’m actively trying to come up with a signature song for Hannah, but I suppose her ‘signature song’ probably hasn’t been written yet – seeing as the story is set in the near future and teenagers tend toward the new, now, and trendy.
      Her brother strikes me as the fellow who would listen to bands like Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Staind, et cetera – but who would totally listen to the sappiest pop-music ballads if it scored him some lady lovin’. Then again, there’s always Brandi’s influence – and that girl is a hardcore country queen. Michael’s signature song? Right now, I’ll say “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (or Shinedown).
      Anyway – the point of this Tuesday Tunes post was to find out what sort of associations YOU make to stories you’ve read, characters you’ve loved (or hated, or loved to hate), scenes you’ve adored?

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.