Some writers will tell you they listen to music while they write, but I can’t. I find that music distracts me too much when I try to put my thoughts down. I get wrapped up in the lyrics of a song, and my mind gets hooked into that fantasy world the songwriter and musicians want to lead me to. Face it, every song is a beautiful story of its own, poetry set to perfect melody.
In all honesty, I watch NCIS, NCIS:LA, or Ghost Adventures while I write. Those things don’t change my writer’s voice or reflect in my stories, at least not yet. Sometimes, I just write in silence, reveling in the voices in my head that urge me to put their images down on paper.
After the first draft of a story is finished, or I bring a new character to life, my mind pinpoints a song that fits perfectly for that person or scene. I listen to all kinds of music, and there is always a song for everything. As my friends and family could tell you, “I have a song for that!” frequently comes rolling out of my mouth.
Rise of Orelium – The “Rock Opera”
As my dear friend, William Spencer and I sat down to go over the first edit for Rise of Orelium, I kept telling him, “I have a song for that… and that….” Luckily for me, he is not an easy person to annoy. I think he finds me a little musically quirky though, as his frequent laughs speak volumes. At least, there is NO Jimmy Buffet on this list. I think most of you who know me would be shocked and maybe a tad happy about that.
Enough rambling for now. Enjoy the Rise of Orelium “Rock Opera”. I will be adding songs as they hit me. I believe you can listen to the music through the player on this page, but you will need to have Spotify to listen to some of the songs on the playlist. You will at least be able to read what songs fit the first book of the Chronicles of Qhol’xaan at any rate.