Over at Catholic Fiction.net, the author interviews always include this question:
“If you could no longer work with words, what medium would you work in to create art?
I don’t know whether I’ll ever be asked the question, but I’m ready with an easy answer: music.
I have a long love for music nurtured by playing the piano and pipe organ and simply listening to a variety of genres. I also harbor a secret ambition to play the fiddle. It’s no surprise then, that music played an important role in the writing of Stay With Me.
A thread of music winds its way throughout the book: Rebecca’s ongoing quest to identify a Dave Matthews Band song. It becomes a little game she plays with Chris that culminates in. . . well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.
Mention of only one Dave Matthews Band song (“Crash Into Me”) makes it into the book, although the band’s song titles are the source of the twenty-six chapter titles.
During the writing, I assembled a playlist of songs in the order that they appear in the book. Eleven of the thirteen tracks are mentioned either by name or by artist. Two are noticeably absent: “Stay With Me,” by Amos Lee and “All Your Life,” by The Band Perry.
In early drafts, I quoted directly from the songs. Due to copyright issues, my editor/publisher Ellen Gable encouraged me to draft original lyrics. In the end, I think my original lyrics are better since they are custom-tailored to the narrative. The Amos Lee and The Band Perry songs mentioned above served as inspiration, and I included them here.
Music also plays a significant role in the book trailer. Jonathan Lang’s original track, “Take A Chance,” is the perfect complement to the images and scenes used to depict Chris and Rebecca’s story. Again, Shenandoah National Park has a starring role.
On their first visit to the park, Chris plays a song for Rebecca on his guitar, and I think Jonathan’s voice captures that kind of honest, earnest tone that Chris would have.
If you like “Take A Chance,” you can find Jonathan Lang – Scarlet online and available for purchase.
There was a little learning curve to iMovie, but I’m pleased with the results.
What do you think of book trailers? Do they make you want to read a book?
How do you feel about music in books? Do you seek out the songs when you’re done reading? Do they enhance your enjoyment of the story?
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