‘Two styles of music made the characters of the two lovers’ – The Undercover Soundtrack, Jessica Thompson

My guest this week has always been a singer, but says she only recently realised how much of her novel This Is A Love Story was inspired by music. An unforgettable gig became the novel’s most forceful romantic scene. Two styles of music – with very different attitudes – coalesced to form the characters of the two lovers. She is Jessica Thompson and she’s on the Red Blog talking about her Undercover Soundtrack.

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  1. #1 by acflory on August 23, 2012 - 10:28 am

    I write to music as well but I’ve never consciously chosen music to suit the personality of a character. Then again, I’ve been known to go through my collect of CDs twice looking for that certain ‘mood’. I can’t define what I’m looking for but I know the moment I hear it. Weird, but interesting.

    • #2 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on August 23, 2012 - 1:44 pm

      That sounds familiar. Sometimes my choices of writing music are purely on the atmosphere, not the lyrics, title, origin or subject matter. That means a cheesy pop song can encapsulate the moment I’m looking for even though its lyrics bear no relation to the scene in literal terms. The curious mindset of the creative person…

      • #3 by acflory on August 23, 2012 - 10:00 pm

        -grin- Exactly! My choice in music tends to stay away from lyrics, at least in English, because I find them distracting but yes, from orchestral to opera to Two Steps from Hell. 😀

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