Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tidbit Tuesday: WIP's Music Love Theme
Lol, this is pretty much how I could sum myself up. Yes, romance, but that doesn't mean it's your wham-bam, boy-meets-girl-meets-difficulties-finds-resolution formula. It's a bit more complicated than that. For example, in my current WIP, boy has a heavy backstory that makes him distrustful, and girl is looking for her roots in a globalized and topsy-turvy world.
What characterises this couple I'm currently writing about is the sometimes soft, sometimes harsh, tug and pull between them. Not just attraction, not just chemistry, not just love - theirs is much more realistic than that.
Now last week on this same spot I talked about music and how I have used it in my previous novels. I promised that this week, I'd bring forward the song that is sticking as the love theme for this WIP.
Have you ever listened to a song and it just haunts you? I got this album many years back - Savage Garden Greatest Hits. I love that group, and Darren Hayes, the lead singer, has a gorgeous voice (they've split now, and Hayes is pursuing a solo career). Their style was also very eclectic - yes, the same 'voice' (and I don't just mean the vocals here - you writers should know what I'm talking about!), but the 'genres' were very varied. From love ballads such as Truly, Madly, Deeply and I Knew I Loved You, to electro sounds such as To The Moon & Back and I Want You, to hard beats like in Crash & Burn and Break Me Shake Me - I always elected to have this album with me as the one music disk I'd take if I'm to be stranded on a desert island.
On the CD then I come across this song - Hold Me. Powerful lyrics - it always moves me and leaves me shaking to hear this strong man stepping down and confiding how much he needs this special woman to make him whole, just for a moment, even if everything around and between them was tearing itself apart. It struck me as something a real romance hero would say - not flowery, not ornate, just straight to the point. This man reckons he needs this woman, but he doesn't beg and grovel, just puts out the truth and lays it at her feet. The power is in her hands, too take him and make him whole again.
Who can resist that?
I filed that song away, as something poignant and strong. But while it was shelved, I paid it no heed. I started writing this WIP, and then by chance I stumbled on this track again... leaving me totally blown away. Because you see, I couldn't have spelt my H/h's dilemma any clearer than the lyrics to this track. Here's how:
If we can't find a way out of these problems,
then maybe we don't need this...
...more than angry words,
I hate the silence - it's getting so loud...
...tell me, is unhappiness worth more
than a gold-and-diamond ring...
...I'm willing to do anything,
to calm the storm in my heart...
...I never been the praying kind,
but lately I been down upon my knees,
not looking for a miracle,
just a reason to believe...
...might need you to hold me tonight...
...might need you to make the first step,
'coz tonight I'm finding it hard to be your man...
The mention of the ring - that's a big part of my romantic conflict!
I'll leave you now to enjoy this video, and listen to this amazing song. (Warning - slightly risque images. You might wanna watch this when you're not at work)
I'm eager to hear what you think of the song! And those of you checking out the WIP so far, what do you make of the theme in relation to the story?
From Mauritius with love,