Bup, bup, bup, bup. Shush, my sceptical children, and listen.
To me, songs have always had meanings. Songs, quite like human beings and evil dinosaurs and everything in between, have emotions. Music in general is specifically designed to make you feel a certain way, to make you think and ponder upon lyrics and rhythms and basically be made a puppet whose strings are pulled by unseen instruments and compositions that turn your heart into mush.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Basically, music makes us feel. Music gives us certain thoughts and can influence and manipulate our emotions a particular way. For example, you would get a completely different feeling when listening to, I don't know, Nirvana than you would when listening to - erm - Hannah Montana or something, you know? (yes, I am very up-to-date with popular music. Haha.)
And so today, my beautiful people, I have decided that instead of giving you paragraph after paragraph describing my new project and how much I actually love it, why not just show you through la musica?
For those of you who have just arrived to the rabbit hole that is my blog (in which case, welcome newbies!), I have recently began a new WIP entitled These Darkened Hours, a fantasy novel about Irish mythology and the modern world and different realms, wrapped in sassy warlock twins and dark princes and a Greek witch with bad attitude. What fun.
I'd totally survive that world. (If half of my characters didn't kill me first. Honestly, putting me in the world of TDH would be like throwing a Care Bear into the arena of the Hunger Games)
But anyway, we're getting sidetracked.
The questions below were born from my slightly odd brain, and so was the idea to involve the rest of the blogging community in this little questionnaire!
Therefore, I decided to turn this into the Character Karaoke Tag!
Anyway, get ready for music and italics overuse, because here we go!
What Song Best Describes The Mood of Your Novel?
Plus, the land of Éire (where the majority of my novel takes place) is quite literally 'The Land of Confusion" - Nessa and Lex are basically like wtf-is-that-a-flying-lizard? for the first part of the novel.
Significant Lyric: This is the world we live in // And these are the hands we're given // Use them and let's start trying // To make this a place worth living in
Pick A Character and A Song To Describe Them?
Okay, since I've already talked about my little bookish muffin Lex, I decided to go with my unlucky-in-love Greek prince of darkness for this question, Dane!
'Freeze You Out' is a song about someone who has been hurt in the past, who is reluctant to give their heart in case it be broken or manipulated by others. It is about someone who has, quite literally, become ice: they are untouchable, cold and unfeeling. Or at least, they try to be.
This pretty much sums up the character of Dane. He is harbouring a burden and a secret and troubles that have caused him to become cold and detached from other people....until *someone* comes along and, to Dane's surprise, shows him that to care is not to be weak, that it is okay to trust. And slowly, Dane begins to realise that punishing himself for something he can't control is pointless, and as the novel progresses we slowly begin to see him thaw.
*in case it isn't obvious, SHIPSHIPSHIP*
Significant Lyric: I will feel the pain and stay // I'm not running again // Even though I'm scared to death // And I won't freeze you out... // My heart is melting
One of your characters is at a karaoke night when - gasp! They've been asked to get up and sing! What song do they choose and how would they perform it?
So for this question I've chosen my character Kieran, a faerie from the land of Éire who was taken to the modern world via portal and crazy father. He's Nessa's best friend and pretty handy with throwing knives, also he's got pretty cool air powers that he uses to blast trolls into the clouds when they piss him off.
I've chosen him because, due to the amount of time he spent in our world, Kieran became fascinated with a cretain style of music: rap. He just can't fathom how someone could talk that fast, and how to do it, and expresses astonishment at the whole genre. He's more used to people playing fiddles and lyres, not rapping at high-speed to loud drums and guitars, and so you can imagine how shocked he is by rap music.
It makes me smile to think of Kieran rapping along to 'HeavyDirtySoul', because he's just be so terribly awkward doing it. (Remind you of anyone?)
That's Kieran in one word, really; awkward, and yet he's one of the best fighters in the Tuatha Dé Danann (supernatural army of awesomeness fighting against Carman and her sons).
Significant Lyric: You got one time to figure it out...// One time to think and I say we start now // Sing with me if you know what I'm talking about
(My favourite part of song ^)
Go-To Song When Writing Romance/Battle Scenes?
Seriously, I don't know what it is, but I melt whenever I hear this song. And that means something, coming from a person who basically bashes every mushy-lovey-dovey thing she sees.
I'm not a romanticist. Sorry, folks, but I am not. Romance novels to me are generally like acid (usually, though some are exceptions), but I do appreciate a good ship (*ahem* MALEC *ahem* WESSA/JESSA *cuz I can't make up my mind kay*).
But this song....
I can't even.
Significant Lyric: I can't help but love you // Even though I try not to // I can't help but want you...// I can't help but be wrong in the dark // Because I'm overcome in this war of hearts
This was actually so much fun to do! The questions (surprisingly) took a good bit of thought to get just right, because THERE ARE SO MANY ANMAZING SONGS OUT THERE and I wanted to pick the perfect one (plus, I needed a Tyler Oakley gif in my life).
Okay, so the next unfortunate souls I tag to complete this are as follows:
Just have fun with it, 'kay? I really want to see the blogging community's answers to these questions, and if you want to steal these and do them yourselves, feel free! (just, you know, give credit and all that jazz).
- Sunset xx