I can't dance or sing to save my life, but I love music. I was raised to love all kinds of music and to know about how music works mechanically. But nobody had to teach me how to let my imagination run wild to music. Sure, at first music was associated with already existing characters, but as the characters who would populate my own stories came to be, songs came to be associated with them instead.
Because of the huge diversity of characters, a huge variety of music was needed. You know that song, "Your Mamma Don't Dance and Your Daddy Don't Rock and Roll"? Not true in my house, my mom can dance and has great rhythm, and my dad's a big rock fan. The influence of rock music is undeniable, it helps that I grew up in the era that believed in driving rock solos over battle scenes in movies and TV.
The foundation of Avalon's music, though, isn't rock, it's the gentle folk music of my Gaelic ancestors. The wailing fiddles and bagpipes of the Scottish Highlands and the penny-whistles and drums from Ireland first informed the presence of the Elves.
The gentle love song "Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh" was the first song I attempted to adapt to English. This song tells the story of a boatman courting the beautiful, but poor Sadhbh, and her arguments to his points.
Though this piece of music was used in a movie I would have nothing to do with, (Boondock Saints is a gore fest) it became the general adventuring theme for the elves and their human friends.
The plaintive ballad "Mo Run Gael Dileas" as the first Scots-Irish love song I learned and used in a story. The words and melody always strike a chord with me every time I listen to it.
Rock and pop music are also greatly important to the backbone of Avalon's music. A lot of this comes from the pop and rock hits of the 1980s and 90s (basically what was on the radio when I was a kid, LOL). However, despite the nostalgia ridden soundtrack of the earliest stories, more modern artists and songs make frequent appearances. For instance, Trading Yesterday.
Christians-in-a-band Trading Yesterday wrote moving songs that I have only just discovered. I love the message of this song, "Shattered" (which can be taken two ways, both of them good) and I struggled to find a character that fit it. Nobody seemed quite right, until Lord Rhodon came along. With his backstory, he fit perfectly.
Trading Yesterday's requisite ballad "She is the Sunlight" may strike people as corny, but I love it. This song represents two couples, Rhodon and his wife Akasma (*spoiler* who he believes is dead) and Goewyn and Oliver (Oliver being human believes Goewyn is out of his league). I especially love the line "She lives in a daydream, where I don't belong/She is the Sunlight, the sun is gone."
Of course, the characters in my stories celebrate Christmas, but how do you do Christmas music without it being schmaltzy? My answer: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, three words, one great meaning.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra's (TSO for short) version of "Carol of the Bells" is one of the top selling Christmas songs on Amazon every year. Perhaps one of the top selling songs ever in fact! It's perfect for a moonlit chase through the snow.
OK, so this one is a little corny. The second half of this song forms the basis of a story about the reunion of a father and son at Christmas. Christmas brings people together, don't shoot the messenger! At least there's no dogs or horses involved.
Finally, battles nearly always have a symphonic rock background. Comes from watching too many superhero movies, I suppose.
More Christians-in-a-band, Wisdom has created beautiful, positive, metal music. "War of Angels" in particular has just the right cadence for a battle sequence.
I won't overload you with metal music, so that's the only one I'm putting on here ;) In any case, there's another look into my fevered brain, I hope you enjoyed!
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