DOES YOUR NOVEL HAVE A SOUNDTRACK?
My novel, END OF DAYS, does. My favorite movies have stirring soundtracks. I hear music when I write scenes. When I was writing the climatic chapter, DUEL OF THE FATES, I heard … no, not that tune but ANAKIN VS. OBI- WAN.
How do you write music into your novel?
In the chapter, THERE IS NO FAIL, Samuel McCord is evading and firing upon a swarm of dragons attacking the Blackhawk helicopter he is piloting. I have Alice hearing in her thoughts (courtesy of Victor Standish who is haunting her mind) Jesse Cook’s RATTLE & BURN.
The title to the tune says it all. If you look it up on YouTube, the music will add to the scene. Yet, the title is all that is needed.
As Alice is playing poker with Samuel in the haunted jazz club, Meilori’s, I have the ghost of Hank Williams singing the song written by his son, TUESDAY’S GONE WITH THE WIND. Alice is mourning Victor, and again, the title says it all. If you listen to the tune, it will add to the scene but you don’t need to hear the music.
Earlier Alice encountered DayStar, who believes himself Lucifer, as she is about to enter Meilori’s. Samuel is playing the WWII British song, THERE’S A TAVERN IN THE TOWN. DayStar is livid and explains why. It is the song the RAF pilots sang during the London Blitz. Its upbeat tempo was in defiance of the fact that they were fighting a losing battle in the skies and knew it.
Samuel playing it and Father Renfield singing it means that they have accepted that this is the End of Days. They are refusing to give into despair but are pledging their lives to fight to the death for a cause larger than they … as the two of them had done with those valiant RAF pilots.
(In CAPTAIN AMERICA, it is the tune in the background when Steve Rogers persuades the prisoners he rescued to become the Howling Commandos.)
Now, do you see how you can put music into your own novel?
Thanks, Roland! His latest book is End of Days and you can get the scoop at his BLOG
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Movie Trivia Answers!
Movie tagline answers – don’t kick yourself!
Be afraid. Be very afraid. The Fly (1986)
An adventure 65 million years in the making. Jurassic Park (1993)
A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The coast is toast. Volcano (1997)
Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas. Army of Darkness (1992)
Does for rock and roll what "The Sound of Music" did for hills. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Thank God it's only a motion picture. Airplane! (1980)
Caught this at MsMariah's Space Blog-yssey The Red Letter Media guys ask some hard questions about the movie Prometheus. Some of the questions can be answered, but some are valid observations. And it’s hilarious! (Sorry, some crude language – you’ve been warned.)
Does your novel have a soundtrack? Have you read End of Days? Ready for another blogfest in September? Pick up the latest Rush CD? Kicking yourself for not knowing the answers to the movie taglines? Think the Red Letter Media guys made some valid points? Anyone going to the movies this weekend…?