Wouldn't it be great if our lives came with a soundtrack the way they do in the movies? Something along the lines of the theme from Rocky could play when we're completing a monumental task. The "boom, boom, boom" from Jaws could warn us we're about to enter a dangerous situation.
I've heard other writers say they create soundtracks for each book. They listen to certain music to enhance the mood they intend to convey in the story. Whereas I tend to need the sounds of silence when I'm working. I've tried writing with background music but I get too distracted by the words, even if I'm only listening to the instrumental version.
That doesn't mean I'm not influenced by songs when I'm writing. My biggest use of music is choosing titles. In one as-yet-unpublished book, THAT OLD SWEET SONG, my heroine, Georgia, is a radio sex therapist. And my Precious Gem, MAN WANTED, began life as JUST A GIGOLO, because the hero was an undercover cop posing as a male escort.
Songs tell us stories and give us clues about the way people feel. I often marvel at how many songs are based on the theme of how much a man needs a particular woman. Songs can also evoke memories and create various moods, much in the same way I hope to do with my stories.
If you're a writer, have songs influenced your writing? Do you like to play music while you're working?
And if your life had a theme song, what would it be?