Several people have asked me what my playlists were for Quantum Gravity. The most recent of these was from Sanna, at SF bokhandeln in Stockholm. She and I shared a lovely afternoon of sightseeing and delicious dinners there a few weeks ago and I promised to post her the list. Then, when I got home, I realised what a scattered thing it had become and that there was only a current list, not a definitive one. So, for all you musically inclined readers who might like to know I'll be collecting up the tracks and marking them to tell you what the connections are then posting a link to it shortly. If you have suggestions of your own do let me know.
Sanna asked what Zal's song was and after a thought I had to answer, Ace of Spades. But Zal's very eclectic. He has done disco and would totally sing S Club 7 songs and probably by the end of Book 5 is merrily mutating into a male version of Lady Gaga. I can see him doing a great version of Monster (Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster).
I know that a lot of writers like to write to music for various reasons. I can go strongly either way and have to have it on, or have to have silence. Often I will use it to 'cue up' the right mood for certain scenes but this is tricky as the lyrics can wind their way into your head too much. Mostly I put it on because of the beat and I usually use dance music or higher energy classical, including movie soundtracks, to boost my energy. I also tune into the 'flow' of the song (I have no musical jargon to explain this with here although I'm sure it exists), the way the melody rises and falls, its basic shape, and ride that along...it keeps me going and can help to provide a structural form for the scenes I'm writing. I also like to wear headphones because it gives me a greater feeling of being cut off from the world so that I can really immerse myself in my imagination.
Does anyone else out there use music in more interesting ways?
Also, Sanna, if you read this - I can't find your email address!
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