When I wrote my first novel, I often listened to music. Actually, some of my best scenes were written while listening to the music that inspired them. Because I'm constantly running from one place to another, I pop CDs in the car and inevitably stories start spinning in my head as I drive to and from work. Does anyone else do that too? Because I do it ALL the time. Or when I'm in the shower. Ideas flow out of me like the jet stream from the shower head.
A few years ago I met a talented pop violinist on the streets of Los Angeles as he performed music that blew me away. Josh Vietti (he told me his father is of Italian origin!) mixes hip hop and rock to create a unique genre of violin music. I love the sound of the violin so Vietti's music really captured my attention. I listened to his album all the way back home to Montreal--my mind having a field day with story ideas--and introduced it to my then 6 year old son who was inspired to take violin lessons and has continued since then. Thank you, Josh!
With his trademark black T-shirt and baseball cap, Josh's unpretentious manner is so appealing in an artist. I'm always attracted to authors who are the same way. Unpretentious that is, no baseball cap required.
Check Vietti out in this music medley video. I promise you'll be impressed...
What music inspires you to write stories in your head?