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Saturday and the Music of the Dead

So I’m sitting here on Saturday afternoon writing with no aim other than to let my claws tickle the keyboard. It’s been over a week and my fingertips are clearing eight or nine days of dust away as they type. Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy theme has got some nice bass and the sub woofer’s making my cold glass of Pepsi do the Jurasic Park thing. Behind me and to the left I can hear my fiancé talking to strangers over Xbox Live while she races through some Italian or French metropolis with no regard to the lives of the e-people who live there.

This is what Saturdays are for. They are holy.

I should be working on that piece about the guy trapped in a town full of dead people, but that story is kind of scary. The last time I worked on it, it gave me nightmares. It’s funny how your own stuff can enter your sleep.

At twenty minutes to two in the afternoon, we’ll call this a warm up.

Most days I don’t need any warm up. I sit down and the story continues. But our hero’s in a bit of a pinch at the moment, and neither he nor I are quite sure how he’s going to get out of it. The dead (are they dead?) are closing in from all sides as they should always do in a scary story full of dead people.

The more I listen to this Daft Punk tune, the more motivated I am to find a solution to the encroaching dead.

So, an open question to any of you who stumble across this scrawled note in a bottle in a vast ocean of notes in bottles: Does music get you writing? Does it help? Does it interfere? Should music be credited on an author’s acknowledgement’s page?

Happy Writing All,



January 23, 2010 - Posted by | Rambles | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Sometimes music is a motivator in my writing. Sometimes it’s the soundtrack, sometimes it’s the inspiration, sometimes a title or a turn of phrase is a turning-point, but most of the time, it’s just background noise that’s on to fit the mood of whatever I’m working on.

    Comment by Hilary B. Bisenieks | January 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Hilary, your comment pretty much agrees with my sentiments completely. I’d be willing to put money down that there are large numbers of writers who use music to much the same accord. One more question though, do you ever listen to music while writing that under any other circumstance would cause your ears to bleed?

      Comment by epokeefe | January 24, 2010 | Reply

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