Inky's Choice: Writers on Music
Ready for another Best of from 2012?
Today's retrospective looks back at Writers-in-Residence Kirsty Eagar and Gabrielle Wang, and how they use music to fuel their writing.
Gabrielle Wang asks us: Can you imagine life without music?
If there was no music there wouldn't be dancing. Imagine going to a movie that didn't have a musical soundtrack. How much does this add to atmosphere and eliciting of emotion? In the City of Soulless not only is music outlawed but so are birds. Imagine a world without them and their beautiful song.
Imagine if singing or playing a musical instrument was outlawed. And all the singers and musicians were taken away.
What kind of world would that be do you think? Her novel The Wish Bird explores what would happen if music was taken from the world.
While Gabrielle uses music and it's power as the basis of her novel, Kirsty Eagar uses music to help her feel the emotion of the piece she is writing. In short, she uses 'music as a shortcut.'
'Whenever I sat down to work on Molasses, the first thing I'd do was play 'Stuck in my Id' four or five times, and then maybe I'd move on to something else. For whatever reason, doing this helps me get my head in the story quicker. Most of the time, I'm not even aware of the song. Which is good, because as you can imagine that song got a real thrashing.'
How about you as a reader? Do you need quiet? Or can you read anywhere with any kind of noise in the background?
Personally, this dog can read anywhere, anytime, any human's lap.