I listen to music. I lot. I have a subscription to the streaming service Pandora, which sadly is only available in the States due to licensing restrictions. I have multiple stations that I’ve built around particular books, series, or characters. The one I use for Teeka and Quill, the main characters in the first two Persis Chronicles novels, is based on Middle Eastern and Arabic music, with some Spanish thrown in for good measure. One of my favorite artists is Beats Antique, whom I’ve discovered have their very own app now. Cool, nu?
An unexpected side benefit of these stations is that when there’s a long hiatus between novel submission and editing, we work on other projects. For example, when we wrote Sealed by Magic and turned it in, we started working on Cat’s Cradle. Not only are they two different series, the characters are very different. It helps to have a station built around a particular character’s personality because then it’s like having a radio station tuned in directly to them. It helped me sink back into the world as I was editing, and contributed to our worldbuilding.
What I like about Pandora is that I can have it select songs for me. I start with a particular band or song as the seed for the station, and then it will suggest other songs that are similar in nature. I can thumb up or thumb down their selections, depending on my preferences. I recently discovered, when doing research for a blog post about this type of musical worldbuilding, that YouTube will apparently do a similar thing. Since I think that this should be available outside the States, I’ve prepared a basic station based off Beats Antique for you, so you can get an idea of their sound – and play around with the streaming service. If you prefer to use Pandora, I’ve linked it above in the first paragraph.
What about you, Dear Reader? What are some of your favorite music to read or write to?