First, I am happy to report that Saturday ended a week long display of sunshine, which is unheard of here in West Michigan! It was nice while it lasted, but I am glad to be back to the grey.
When I was in the shower today, (I do most of my best thinking in the shower. We have a rain shower, get one, there's nothing better), I was listening to the band Passion Pit. Of the millions of musical artists out there, I listen to only a handful. My selection is quite odd, with a mix of mainstream, indie, and the Beatles (yes, they are their own category).
Alright, so, I was listening to Passion Pit which is a mix of up beats and interesting lyrics. I know that they are somewhat popular, but do a lot of younger people listen to them? Younger people as in YA readers. Stephenie Meyer put MUSE on the map. They were not very well known in the U.S. before the soundtrack to Twilight came out in 2008, but now almost everyone knows them, and many of us writers were introduced to them as the band SM listens to for inspiration. Can you hear MUSE in the Twilight books? Do you listen to music to aid in your writing? I do.
For dialogue inspiration:
Matt and Kim
Death Cab for Cutie
The Postal Service
For setting the mood or scene:
Kings of Leon
For just something to get you going:
The Moody Blues
Tom Tom Club
Goddamn Electric Bill
So, basically the Beatles are good for everything.
I also started wondering if writers think they need to listen to the latest and greatest music artists to get in the YA groove. If that's the case, then I will surely fail:
Lady Gaga, blehk
Lil' Wayne, ugh
Owl City, fireflies scare me