Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On Writing: When War Arrives (Fiction)

I rarely write with music playing. I'll have music playing, hear a lyric or tune that inspires me, and then turn it off so that nothing else can defile the piece. If I'm not careful, the meter of the piece will mirror the music, which isn't what I want. I want to write something that reflects my own abilities, not the professional songwriters'.

Every once in a while, however, I get a piece that ins't just built from one lyric or one song, but on a playlist, and for those pieces, the music stays on, on endless repeat, sometimes shuffled, sometimes not. This gives every piece an equal and fair chance to inspire me, forcing all aspects of them to constantly be refreshed in my mind. It's true that I will draw more heavily from one song than from any of the others: it's only natural. Instead of manually telling that song to repeat for a bit and then manually telling the player to cycle through all of them, I'll just add duplicates of it to the playlist, giving it an increased chance to play.

A light to burn all the empires
So bright the sun is ashamed to rise and be

-"The Sharpest Lives" by My Chemical Romance

Innocence dyin' in so many ways
Things that you dream of are lost
Lost in the haze...
Outside your door He is waiting
Waiting for you
Sooner or later you know
He's got to get through
No hesitation and no holding back
Let it all go and you'll know
You're on the right track

-"Hold On" by Kansas

I know a place that we've forgotten
A place we won't get caught in
They won't know who we are
-"Let Me Take You There" by Plain White T's

Taken and bound and found later under a tree
I wonder if he had thought the next one could be me
Do you see the soldiers they're out today
They brush the dust from bullet proof vests away
It's ironic at times like this you pray
But a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday
There's bombs in the buses, bikes, roads
Inside your market, your shops, your clothes

-"Hands Held High" by Linkin Park

For those who are interested, the final piece can be found on deviantArt and LemonFingers.

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