There are some that don't listen to music while writing because they say it stifles their creativity or because they can't truly appreciate the music if they're writing. I love to listen to music while I'm writing because it inspires me. I get ideas for dialogue, scenes, and even characters from songs. As I was trying to figure out who Jack was, beyond being a good Samaritan, I drew inspiration from Josh Turner, one of my favorite country musicians. Jack has his deep voice and his blue eyes.
As I wrote the book, iPods are the windows to the soul. (I don't actually own an iPod, but that makes the paraphrase sound better than saying MP3 or cell phone.) I think what music you listen to says a lot about who you are -- and the same goes for my characters. When I started Jack and Diane, I created a playlist of songs my main characters would listen to. It helped me get inside their heads so I could better tell their story.
Music plays a significant roll in my life so it does in the story of Jack and Diane as well. The title even comes from a song. Jack was once a musician and uses song to woo Diane. I was listening to Billy Currington's Let Me Down Easy when Jack said to Diane:
I promise you that as fast as you’re falling, I am falling faster and will be waiting to catch you when you land."
Here's my Jack and Diane playlist. Some are just songs I like, but some play almost like a soundtrack to the book. Listen to see if you can see which ones influenced me the most.
Adele – Crazy For You Adele – I'll Be Waiting Anthony Hamilton - Fallin' In Love Anthony Hamilton - I'll Wait (To Fall In Love) Billy Currington – Heal Me Billy Currington – Let Me Down Easy Billy Currington – Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You Chris Young – You James Morrison – I Won't Let You Go James Morrison – You Give Me Something Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat – Lucky Jerrod Niemann – Come Back To Me Jerrod Niemann – What Do You Want Jill Scott- So In Love feat. Anthony Hamilton John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane Josh Turner – No Rush Josh Turner – Nowhere Fast Josh Turner – This Kind Of Love Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me Lady Antebellum – Just a Kiss Luke Bryan – I Don't Want This Night to End Maroon 5 – Miss You Love You Maroon 5 – Stutter Maroon 5 – Won't Go Home Without You Montgomery Gentry – Roll With Me Randy Houser – In God's Time Robin Thicke – Lost Without U Robin Thicke – Magic Robin Thicke – Stupid Things Robin Thicke – What Would I Be? Rodney Atkins – Take A Back Road Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) The Band Perry – All Your Life The Band Perry – Hip To My Heart The Fray – Heartbeat Trace Adkins – Ladies Love Country Boys Zac Brown Band – Keep Me In Mind Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
Love ya, Lena