Unlike some, I don’t really have a playlist for my projects. I come across songs I find motivational, or inspirational, but nothing firm or enduring.
But every now and then I stumble on a song that is so PERFECT for one of my songs that I can’t help but commit it to memory, itunes, etc. I tend to come upon them randomly, and know almost immediately that the song *belongs* with that scene.
Today was one of those days. I was driving home for a couple days (btw, I love driving and storms, but not the two together) and I had a CD in. I had never listened to the CD all the way through, and it came to song 17. It was short, only a couple minutes long. I listened to it absently. It ended. I played it again. And again. And I realized that this song was EXACTLY what the scene I was about to write was supposed to *feel* like.
It’s called Transylvanian Concubine, by Rasputina, and it’s not normally my style. But I was working on this scene in The Near Witch where the wind shapes itself to be my MC’s love interest, and lures her out onto the moors. The scene is eerie and magical and dark and kind of seductive. For some reason the song makes me think of wind, and the way it makes those dizzying circles with leaves in fall corners.
Here is the song. (Click on the play button in the UPPER right corner if you want to listen, not the live version).
I don’t want to admit how many times I proceeded to listen to it on the drive home, but I’m now convinced I’m ready to write this scene 🙂