do you find music inspires your work? I am often inspired by musicians -
not only for their originality and drive, but especially by their
lyrics. Many songwriters are amazing storytellers - Bruce Springsteen,
Death Cab for Cutie, Sheryl Crow, Sufjan Stevens ... I could go on and
In fact, the 'inciting incident' of Sharonville, where a
central character crashes her truck, was influenced by an Aimee Mann
song called 'It's Not' where she sings about waiting at a stop light and
feeling unable to move forward. My character feels the same way and
then, when her pick up is destroyed, falls into a coma where she
believes she's in space ... Oh, and, yes, and she lives a life which
'from behind the screen ... can look so perfect/ But it's not' ...
In this case, Aimee's words captured beautifully the character's
emotions and helped me shape this important scene, so I'd love to hear
about times when music has inspired other writers.
Now over to wonderful Aimee ...
I keep going round and round on the same old circuit A wire travels underground to a vacant lot Where something I can't see interrupts the current And shrinks the picture down to a tiny dot And from behind the screen it can look so perfect But it's not
So here I'm sitting in my car at the same old stop light I keep waiting for a change but I don't know what So red turns into green turning into yellow But I'm just frozen here on the same old spot And all I have to do is to press the pedal But I'm not
People are tricky you can't afford to show Anything risky anything they don't know The moment you try - well kiss it goodbye
So baby kiss me like a drug, like a respirator And let me fall into the dream of the astronaut Where I get lost in space that goes on forever And you make all the rest just an afterthought And I believe it's you who could make it better Though it's not No, it's not... No, it's not...