Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park, Ten Years and Brahms inspire novel-in-progress

Music and word lovers, join me in the journey where music enhances fiction! If you have a favorite artist/song and would like to see it potentially worked into my novel-in-progress, comment here with the artist name, song title and a bit about its style/genre/lyrics.

I’m mentioning inspiring artist’s songs in The Song of the Ocarina. It’s one of the elements readers liked most about my first novel Rhythms & Muse. (“Look Inside”–even just its first and second pages–on Amazon and you’ll see how songs play into and enhance the plot.)

Allow me to share a few songs mentioned in Ocarina, the first book in my Delfaerune Rhapsody young-adult series. (It’s a trilogy about 7′-tall, wingless, Celtic Fae saving the world in New Zealand.)

Linkin Park’s “Papercut relates to a moment when Lark, the heroine, feels a loss of identity.

• Lark, also the faerie realm’s musical prodigy, plays Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” on the piano in her bedroom after returning to the faerie realm from the human world.

• When Noel, the hero, sides with his estranged Dark Fae family, Breaking Benjamin’s “Crawl will inspire the mood.

• Uncle D’s “True Kiwi Way”is a little New Zealand ditty mentioned when Lark meets her kiwi “familiar.”

• Lark’s Noble Fae sister sings 10 Years’s “Through The Iris”  with her Dark Fae boyfriend.

• Brahms’s “Lullaby” is the first song Lark plays on the ancient magical zither when she holds it again for the first time in three years.

Walk Off The Earth, Gotye cover: Today’s Pick

I blame these guys (my musical kids) for keeping me up on the latest hot music.

For creative writing inspiration, my nearly adult children introduced me to Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter Gotye (go-tee-yay) a couple of weeks ago. His video “Somebody That I Used To Know” is a new favorite of mine.

Now, I’m even more inspired by a cover of the song by Walk Off The Earth (WOTE) performed by all five band members on one guitar. This Ontario, Canada-based indie band formed in 2006 has built a huge fan base by making creative low-budget music videos of covers and originals, without record labels, booking agents or management. The band did recently earn a recording contract with Columbia Records.

Also, you’ll be intrigued by the intricate, eye-popping cardboard set featured in WOTE’s cover of “Little Boxes.” This 1963 Pete Seeger hit was written by folk singer-songwriter and political activist Malvina Reynolds.

Whose music inspires you, for writing or otherwise?