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Today’s TIE #FlashFiveFriday comes from David M. Brown:
Music is a powerful medium with the ability to entertain, move and annoy in equal measure. While I can think of many songs whose words can evoke emotions in the listener, I think a piece of music bereft of words is always the most absorbing sound to hear. Whenever I hear a piece of music that I know well, I usually have a memory associated with it that I will suddenly relive. If it’s the soundtrack to a film then inevitably I will begin to picture moments from that particular film.
When writing I usually prefer to be listening to music, especially if the songs are playing randomly. Sometimes I might be mulling over an idea and a piece of music will come to my ears and help guide me through the murky depths of indecision to the beacon of revelation. I listen to many types of music and love artists from The Beatles back in the sixties to The Decemberists in the present day.
Individual songs have been responsible for some of the storylines I have written. Without them I never would have had the ideas I have.
Returning just to music I find the soundtracks that accompany the Final Fantasy games to be amongst the most soothing and inspirational for me personally. This RPG series was the catalyst for my being a writer in the first place so it’s fitting that the music should still be a big part of the worlds I create. Listen to music like Someday the Dream Will End, You’re Not Alone or Aeris’ Theme and you will have an idea of what I mean. If I had to choose between never watching a film or never listening to music again then my decision would always be to retain music. For me, it’s a daily necessity.
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