Music’s ability to inspire emotion with just a few perfect notes is one of the many things in this world that amazes me. The fact that I can listen to a certain song, or group of songs, to put me in the right frame of mind to jump into my character’s head is incredible. Because of this I am starting yet another new segment here in Bat Country, Music Mondays. I am not sure what exactly Music Mondays will bring you. It might be a new band, a new song that is really speaking to me on a character level, or just random bursts of fan girl. Only time will tell.
I was asked in an interview question, what song fits Dark Corners. Well this wasn’t an easy question. The truth is there isn’t one song that really spoke to me while writing Dark Corners. I didn’t listen to a song and think this is so Ella’s story. While writing the book I did listen to the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack a lot. Not that Dark Corners is at all Phantom like, but it put me in a dark mood which was what I needed. With the Guardian Trilogy I have a lot more defined musical inspiration. I can pinpoint one song for each book’s emotional journey.
I ended up choosing Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones to represent Dark Corners because it could represent a couple different elements of the story. First, the song has always been a little creepy to me. I sort of get a serial killer feel from it (maybe that’s just me), so I think it fits the overall book which is dark and at times creepy. Second, I think it speaks to Ella’s character. She is in a dark place at the beginning of the book. She is so anti-social and so isolated that watching other people enjoy themselves makes her scornful of them. There is also a line in the song “I could not foresee this thing happening to you” which also speaks greatly to her emotional state of mind. The other line that really connected with me was “With flowers and my love, both never to come back.” Third, there is also an underlying anger to this song. I feel Ella definitely has that as well as some of the other characters.
Have you read Dark Corners? What song you you have picked?