‘Music is a ritual of invocation’ – The Undercover Soundtrack, Alice Degan

for logoI find it so interesting how one novel’s soundtrack can absorb so many styles.  My guest this week has written a supernatural mystery wrapped up in a 1920s comedy of manners and her soundtrack is a glorious tour of classical, folk and madcap jazz. Even more interesting, she uses Thomas Tallis – as my guest did last week – but with such a different outcome. We all operate in our own key of creativity, which is one of the wonders of this series for me. Anyway, this week you can enter the classical, folky and knock-bones skelly-shaking jazzy world of Alice Degan – with her Undercover Soundtrack on the Red Blog.

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  1. #1 by Wendy Christopher on September 5, 2014 - 11:35 am

    For my currrent w-i-p, the instrumental version of ‘Still Alive’ by Lisa Miskovsky has become the theme tune for my main character (you can hear it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwhJ1RqUJpI)

    Not only does it have a completely apt title for my main character’s situation (which is purely a happy coincidence) but the mood is perfect for the story setting and trials and tribulations she goes through. Plus I never, ever get tired of hearing it – which is always a bonus if I’m going to play it in the background while I’m writing to get me ‘in the zone.’ I have theme tunes for some of my other characters too, but none associated so strongly as this one.

    • #2 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on September 7, 2014 - 10:09 pm

      Hi Wendy! Aha, the music to get into the zone. Many contributors to The Undercover Soundtrack have their entry pieces – either for the general state of writing or for the specific book. Like you, I find I have endless patience for my Soundtrack pieces. Mostly, I get tired of music pieces quickly because they become too familiar. But the Soundtracks are more than that. They are transforming and they never get stale. Thanks for stopping by.

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